With the updated Schengen Visa Code that introduced new rules on the procedures of applying for a Schengen Visa, the process for getting a 5-year multiple-entry visa to the EU is now easier and clearer.

Schengen Visa Info reports a multiple-entry Schengen Visa permits its holder to go in and out of the Schengen Area as many times as he or she wants, as long as they do not violate the so-called 90/180 rule.

This means holders cannot remain in the Schengen Area longer than 90 days, within 180 days.

According to the updated code that came into effect on 2 February, multiple-entry visas with a long validity shall be issued for the following validity periods:

  • for a validity period of one year, provided that the applicant has obtained and lawfully used three visas within the previous two years;
  • for a validity period of two years, provided that the applicant has obtained and lawfully used a previous multiple-entry visa valid for one year within the previous two years;
  • for a validity period of five years, provided that the applicant has obtained and lawfully used a previous multiple-entry visa valid for two years within the previous three years.

Schengen Visa Info reports that aside from the frequency of travel to the Schengen Area, to get a multiple-entry visa, a traveler must also meet the following requirements:

  • The traveller must have a reason why he/she needs to enter the Schengen Area multiple times in the following year(s).
  • The traveller must have a clean visa history, which means he/she never overstayed the validity of a visa in the Schengen Area or worked illegally.
  • The traveller must have a clean criminal record back at home.
  • The traveller must present traveller’s insurance for their first trip to the Schengen Area under the multiple entry visa applied for.

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