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Dozens of Kuwaitis wishing to go to France prevented from obtaining ‘Schengen’ visa

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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 28: Dozens of Kuwaitis were prevented from obtaining a Schengen visa, especially those wishing to travel to France, against the background of them traveling earlier on tourist visas to this country and receiving treatment and failing to pay bills, reports Al-Rai daily.

The sources pointed out that when “the French hospitals informed the Kuwaiti health office in France, the office denied that these ‘patients’ were sent for treatment abroad, and therefore could not pay their bills.” On the other hand, the European Union countries have started implementing the decision to increase the Schengen visa fees by 33.3 percent starting from Feb 3, 2020, which will now cost from 60 to 80 Euros.

The new procedures will allow visa applicants to submit applications for a period of up to 6 months, and no later than 15 days before the trip, to ensure that EU member states cover the costs of obtaining visas. The visa fee for children from 6 years up to 12 years will also be raised from 35 to 40 Euros, while children up to 6 years and below will be exempted from fees. Well-informed sources indicated that starting from Feb 21, the electronic visa waiver (EVW) will be circulated to all countries that are exempt from the Schengen visa

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