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Germany’s rejection rate for multiple entry Schengen visa is only 14%, falling below average  


Germany’s rates for issuing multiple-entry visas have consistently remained high, as the latest statistics reveal that 90.4% of visas issued by German consulates in 2023 were multiple-entry. 

Also, the rejected ones were only 14.3% of the visa applications received globally, which falls below the Schengen average rejection rate of 16%. 

Moreover, Germany leads as the country with the highest proportion of multiple-entry visas issued and boasts a relatively low rejection rate. 

This rejection rate marks an improvement from 2022, when Germany had a higher rejection rate of 16.2%, compared to the overall Schengen rejection rate of 17.9% at that time. 

For travellers seeking a short-term visa that allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area countries, applying for a German Schengen visa offers the best likelihood of approval. 

Despite being the second most sought-after destination in the Schengen Area, Germany’s statistics show only a slight decline from 2022, when 90.6% of short-term visas issued were for multiple entries. 

To illustrate further, last year, Germany received 1,459,560 visa applications and approved 1,233,561 of them, with 1,115,424 being multiple-entry visas. 

Aside from Germany, several other Schengen Area countries have issued multiple-entry visas at rates higher than the EU average, according to 2023 data.  

While significantly trailing Germany, Austria ranks second with 75.7% of its visas issued being for multiple entries. 

In the same year, Austrian consulates abroad received 229,613 Schengen visa applications, approving 194,273, of which 147,021 were multiple-entry. In 2022, Austria maintained a similar approval rate at 74.9% out of 125,275 visas granted, although it was ranked fourth at the time. 

Italy was the third country with the highest proportion of multiple-entry visas (MEVs) in 2023, granting them to 70.2% of applicants (680,794 out of 970,073).  

Conversely, Slovenia and Estonia, which had high MEV issuance rates in 2022, ranking second at 81.6% and third at 81.3% respectively, saw a significant drop in 2023. Slovenia’s rate decreased to 59.7%, and Estonia’s to 60%. 

In 2023, Schengen Area Member States issued a reduced number of multiple-entry visas compared to 2022. 

The data reveal that the average MEV issuance rate among the Schengen states was 58.1% of all visas granted in 2022, whereas last year saw a lower rate of 54.2% of visas issued for multiple entries. 

In 2023, the countries where travellers had the lowest likelihood of obtaining a multiple-entry visa were: