Schengen Area member states will most likely ask visa applicants for additional documents when travelling resumes after COVID-19 measures have been lifted.

An EU official has confirmed to Schengen Visa Info that those wishing to travel to the Schengen Area after the member states start to gradually go back to normal, will need to undergo a COVID-19 test.

“When the Schengen Borders open up in September, if they do, Schengen Visa applicants will need to submit a coronavirus test that has resulted negative, taken within the last two weeks prior to the visa application.

“The traveller may be required to take a new test before travelling to the Schengen Area, as to make sure that he/she has not been infected in the meantime,” the source said.

The official added that once the COVID-19 vaccine is confirmed and available for all, visa applicants may also be required to be vaccinated in the future if the virus remains active.

The worst-hit country in the world remains the United States, followed by four Schengen Members, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany.

The Schengen country with the highest number of deaths remains Italy.

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