Italy’s embassy in Libya decreases Schengen visa applications fees; issues thousands of visas despite restrictions and Covid-19 pandemic

Italy’s embassy in Libya decreases Schengen visa applications fees; issues thousands of visas despite restrictions and Covid-19 pandemic

September 02, 2021 - 19:58
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The Italian Embassy in Tripoli has decided to reduce the cost of Schengen visa applications from LYD 763 dinars to LYD 648 dinars as of September 02, in line with Italy’s commitment to helping the Libyan people.

The embassy told The Libya Observer that, alone among Schengen and Western Countries, it has been open and active for almost five years now despite the situations Libya has gone through.  

During these five years, the embassy received thousands of visa applications. In 2019 alone, it processed 11,553 applications with 9,384 ones were issued.

“In 2020, the COVID pandemic took a heavy toll on the visa activity due to the harsh restrictions adopted across the world to contain the spread of the infection. Nevertheless, 2,914 applications were treated by the Embassy of Italy, with 2,557 visas granted.” The Embassy indicated.

Despite the European restrictions on tourism visas, 2,321 applications have been handled, with 1,623 positive decisions issued as of August 31, 2021, according to the embassy.

The figures contradict a report by the Libyan Foreign Ministry which claimed three days ago that “the Italian Embassy in Libya will resume visa granting to Libyan people.”

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