Schengen visa refusal rates are increasingly high and planning a holiday in Europe is becoming more and more difficult. Especially if you’re planning an ultimate family vacation this summer, we completely understand what you’re going through. Well, we are also here with a solution. According to 2022 data, these are the Schengen countries with the lowest visa refusal rates!
Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is characterized by breathtaking landscapes of volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and lava fields. Huge glaciers are protected in the Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. Iceland received 7,715 visa applications in 2022; 146 of these requests were denied. This is the lowest refusal rate in the Schengen area, at 1.9%.
Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania, is a country in the Baltic region of Europe. It is one of the three Baltic states and is located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. Lithuania granted the majority of the 25,556 visa applications it received. Less than 7.8% of claims are denied.
Latvia is a country located on the Baltic Sea, between Lithuania and Estonia. Its landscape is marked by wide beaches as well as dense and sprawling forests. Latvia issued 18,890 visas out of 21,142 applications, a refusal rate of 9.5%. This Baltic country is a popular destination for tourists due to its low visa refusal rate.
Slovakia, officially the Slovak Republic, is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It borders Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the west and the Czech Republic to the northwest. Only 9.7% of the 12,211 applications Slovakia received in 2022 were rejected. With one of the lowest visa refusal rates, Slovakia is located in the heart of Europe and offers an exciting combination of scenic beauty and historical charm.
Finland is a country in Northern Europe bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. Also in Finland, 9.7% of applications were rejected. However, compared to Slovakia, this country receives a much larger number of applications. Only 15,530 out of 1,64,427 applications were rejected.
Luxembourg is a small European country surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany. This is mainly rural territory, with the Ardennes jungle and natural parks in the north, the rocky gorges of the Mullerthal region in the east and the Moselle valley in the southeast. In 2022, only 6,931 visa applications were submitted in Luxembourg, but 6,222 were approved. It is one of the smallest countries in Europe, open to tourists and has a low visa refusal rate (10.5%).
Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe. Poland has more than 38 million inhabitants and is the fifth most populous member state of the European Union. With a visa refusal rate of 11.6%, Poland ranks among the countries with the lowest visa refusal rate in 2022. 9,841 out of 83,114 Schengen visa applications received by the country Was rejected.
Switzerland is a mountainous country in Central Europe, home to many lakes, villages and high peaks in the Alps. The towns here include medieval districts with landmarks such as the Zytglogge clock tower in the capital Bern and the Wooden Chapel in Lucerne. Switzerland rejected only 49,263 visas in 2022, despite receiving over 4 lakh visa applications.
Greece is a country in southeastern Europe made up of thousands of islands spread across the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Influential since ancient times, it is often called the cradle of Western civilization. Greece rejected 12.5% of the 159,129 visa applications it received. This number equates to 4,02,573 visas issued in 2022.
Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a strong mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as iconic works of art and ancient ruins. Worldwide, Italy has received more than 7 million Schengen visa applications. Only 92,186 of those were rejected, making the national rejection rate 12.7%. Italy is a popular tourist destination thanks to its vast history, artistic and cultural heritage.