Last updated: March 14, 2022, by Grant Thomas

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Note: The latest data available about Schengen Visa and Europe travel is for 2020. We will update this page as soon as the Schengen Visa Application and Europe travel data for 2021 is available.   

Highlights: Schengen Visa Data & EU Travel Statistics

Covid’s Impact on Schengen Visa Applications 

In 2020, tourism was one of the industries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The impressive decline in the number of Visa applications after the coronavirus pandemic outbreak can be attributed to the restrictions imposed on foreign travellers’ entry for non essential reasons and individual Schengen Member States internal restrictions.

The decline in the number of Visa applications and tourist arrivals in the Schengen Area can also be related to the suspension of non-essential Visa services of most Embassies and Consulates throughout 2020. 

On top of that, in October 2020, the Schengen States restricted Visa free travel in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, making it more difficult for a Visa applicant to travel freely within the Schengen Area. 

Covid’s Impact on EU Tourism

Note: 2020 data not available for France

Note: 2020 data not available for France

Schengen Visa Applications: Trends

Top 5 Countries That Submitted the Highest Number of Schengen Visa Applications in 2020

Top 5 Schengen Countries That Received the Highest Number of Schengen Visa Applications in 2020

Top 5 Third Countries With Lowest Schengen Visa Rejection Rates in 2020

Top 5 Third Countries With Highest Schengen Visa Rejection Rates in 2020

Top 5 Schengen Countries That Received the Lowest Number of Visa Applications in 2020 

Top 6 Schengen Countries with the Highest Approval Rates in 2020

Top 5 Schengen Countries with the Highest Rejection Rates in 2020

Sources:  

European Commission – Statistics on short-stay visas issued by the Schengen States 

European Travel Commission – EUROPEAN TOURISM: TRENDS & PROSPECTS Quarterly report (Q2/2021) 

European Parliament – Relaunching transport and tourism in the EU after COVID-19 

UNWTO – World Tourism Organisation – World Tourism Barometer Statistical Annex May 2021 

EUROSTAT – Tourism Database 

EUROSTAT – Tourism Statistics 

STATISTA – Travel and Tourism in Europe