Kenya Schengen Visa Fees Set to Rise

Kenyans travelling to European Union countries on a Schengen visa will pay at least KSh2,265 more in fees starting from February.

The higher charges come into force after the European Union Council adopted an updated Schengen Visa code. All Schengen visa applicants making applications after February 2020 will pay fees on this updated price structure.

Consequently, the Schengen visa fees will increase by 33.3 percent to €80 (KSh9,060) from €60 (KSh6,795) from February after the amended regulation came into force.

Children too will have to pay more at €40 (Sh4,530) instead of €35 (Sh3,964) paid currently.

The new code is, however, expending the period within which an application can be lodged from three months to six months in advance of a trip giving travellers plenty more time to plan their trips and visa applications.

What is a Schengen Visa

A Schengen visa is a short-stay permit that allows visitors to Europe to travel to any of the 26 states, which are members of the Schengen area, up to 90 days for tourism or business.

It enables the holder to enter, freely travel within, and leave the Schengen zone from any of the member countries which include Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France and Germany among other European Union nations.

An increasing number of Kenyans have been seeking Schengen visas as travel to Europe for tourism takes root, with popular destinations including Mediterranean resort cities.

According to the updated regulations, Kenyans applying through an external visa service provider may, however, have to pay up to €160 (Sh18,120) per visa application, if the external service providers set the maximum service fee permitted, which is €80.

Statistics by SchengenVisaInfo.com show that in 2018, Schengen embassies and consulates in Kenya processed 38,503 visa applications, 4,769 of which were rejected, representing an acceptance rate of 87.6 percent.

Germany was the top country for visa submission, as 6,142 of the applications submitted in Kenya were for Schengen visas to Germany, followed by France with 5,059 and the Netherlands with 4,406 applications.

In terms of expenditure, in 2018, Kenyan citizens spent €2.31 million (Sh261.6 million) on visa applications to Europe, €286,140 (Sh32.4 million) of which was spent by applicants who had their visa applications rejected.

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Source : adapted from businessdailyafrica.com

 

List of Approved Schengen Travel Insurance Companies in Kenya

For all travellers from Kenya travelling to the Schengen region, a travel insurance cover is required as part of the application process. The Schengen region is a product of the free movement brought about by the creation of the European Union and launch of the Euro in 2000. As a result, members of the European Union can move and work in member states without requiring special permits or documentation. The Schengen is a subset of the European Union member countries meaning not all European countries are members of the Schengen region. With the pending exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (BREXIT) many sceptics are questioning the future of the bloc.

Some of the notable countries not in the Schengen region include

United Kingdom

Turkey

Ukraine

Croatia

Cyprus

Romania

Why Travel Insurance?

The Schengen region requires all travellers from non-Schengen countries to have approved travel insurance with a minimum liability of 30,000 Euros for emergency medical expenses.  This is to cater for any emergencies like accidents or sudden illness while in the Schengen region. Therefore, the traveller does not encroach on the host state’s medical services in this event. One of the main problems that European countries have been facing in the last 20 years is free medical tourism. This is where travellers from lower income countries mainly Asia and Africa visit European nations and seek medical attention, which is state funded and therefore free of charge. A good example of this is the National Health Service (NHS) in England, which has suffered under the strain of health tourists.

How Does It Work?

The travel insurance policy purchased in Kenya is sold by a local insurance company in the market and distributed through travel agencies, insurance brokers and agents, online portals like www.pesabazaar.com and more. The local insurance company offers this policy on behalf of an international insurance company or global assistance/rescue company like AIG, Mapfre, Linkham, Assistencia, etc. In case of emergency assistance while travelling abroad, customers can contact these international companies from the contact details noted on the travel insurance policy document.

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List of approved insurance companies in Kenya

As of 21st November 2018, these are the companies that are pre – approved to offer travel insurance for the Schengen region.

APA CHARTIS/AIG ICEA LION
PACIS JW SEAGON MADISON
MAYFAIR CIC TRIDENT
FIRST ASSURANCE EXECUTIVE HEALTH AAR
GENERAL ACCIDENT KENINDIA FIDELITY
TAKAFUL RESOLUTINO JUBILEE
SAHAM BRITAM UAP OLD MUTUAL
TAUSI PHOENIX CHUBB SOUTH AFRICA
HERITAGE AMACO SANLAM

List last updated 21st November 2018. Original document

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