By Judith Gicobi
If you need a visa to visit a country in the Schengen area, you may need to reschedule your trip because there won’t be any appointments until September.
According to a statement released by the EU on Friday, July 22, there was a high demand for the visa due to the summer vacations, which made it difficult to process the visas.
In addition, executives from the travel sector have stated that there are no spaces available for the 26 Schengen Area nations in July and August.
Due to the relaxation of Covid-19 limitations, there has been an increase in travel from non-European Union and third-world nations.
“Travellers from non-EU countries who need a Schengen visa to enter the Schengen Area might have to cancel or change their summer holiday plans if they have not obtained a visa yet, as there are no available appointments until September.”
“Due to the high demand, those who have not applied yet will most likely be unable to find available appointments until mid-September. The travel industry executives have revealed that currently, the 26 Schengen Area countries do not have available slots for July and August,” read the EU statement in part
The EU also pointed out that the difficulties had compelled Kenyans and other non-EU citizens to choose to travel to other nations instead, like Malaysia and Egypt.
“Europe might register a lower number of tourists who need a visa this year as they are choosing other destinations to avoid visa hurdles.”
Individuals who want to travel still have the option of applying for a different kind of visa.
With a Schengen visa, visitors can travel to the 26 member states for 90 days without needing to apply for another visa.