Schengen visas have high refusal rates and you can expect your schengen visa application to be denied depending on where you apply.

According to the schengen visa statistics published by European commission, Worldwide, 9.6% of all visa applications were refused for 2018, that is 1.4 percentage points more than in 2017.

Here are some of the facts about schengen visas

  • France issued most schengen visas than any other schengen country (3.3 million visas), followed by Germany and Italy
  • EU schengen states received 16 million visa applications for 2018
  • Russians and chinese followed  top the table for receiving schengen visas.

Top 10 Schengen States with Visa Refusals

These are the top countries with highest refusal rates for the schengen visa. We give you breakdown in terms of highest and lowest refusal rates.

Highest Refusal Rate

  1. Malta
  2. Belgium
  3. Portugal
  4. France
  5. Netherlands
  6. Sweden
  7. Slovenia
  8. Norway
  9. Spain
  10.   Germany

Lowest Visa Refusal Rate

These are the schengen states with lowest visa refusal rates.

  1. Lithuania
  2. Estonia
  3. Iceland
  4. Finland
  5. Latvia
  6. Poland
  7. Luxembourg
  8. Slovakia
  9. Czech Republic
  10.   Greece

Schengen visa refusals

Schengen StateUniform visas appliedUniform visas not issuedRefusal %
Malta32331661120.45%
Belgium2198273690616.79%
Portugal2665164417916.58%
France401060462999715.71%
Netherlands6823828612312.62%
Sweden2532922960411.69%
Slovenia2640326329.97%
Norway164591156339.50%
Spain17013791574949.26%
Germany20562961866999.08%
Hungary228793177627.76%
Switzerland556520412307.41%
Italy18441401358827.37%
Denmark164003114726.99%
Austria306133190986.24%
Greece855285420134.91%
Czech Republic662902312064.71%
Slovakia2679711184.17%
Luxembourg108764013.69%
Poland518003154232.98%
Latvia16170933742.09%
Finland769049134391.75%
Iceland93341561.67%
Estonia12756120481.61%
Lithuania35305947011.33%

Source: European commission / Schengen Visa Statistics 2018

Applicantion Refusals

These are the visa refusals of applicants by country, listed by schengen consulate

No.Schengen consulateUniform visas not issuedUniform visas appliedRefusal Rate
1RUSSIAN FEDERATION5742136956711.55%
2CHINA10526428232523.73%
3INDIA10098010813599.34%
4TURKEY743218792408.45%
5ALGERIA32429171325545.47%
6BELARUS22396811060.33%
7MOROCCO11958666258518.05%
8SAUDI ARABIA273003602877.58%
9THAILAND111023322693.34%
10UNITED KINGDOM42142750991.53%
11IRAN8039727358029.39%
12TUNISIA4263923445218.19%
13SOUTH AFRICA54032217902.44%
14UNITED ARAB EMIRATES3890921743317.89%
15INDONESIA36872104681.75%
16UKRAINE89431917254.66%
17EGYPT3789119014019.93%
18PHILIPPINES144401757038.22%
19KUWAIT84851747654.86%
20USA31851607491.98%
21KAZAKHSTAN75441576084.79%
22LEBANON1887415565012.13%
23VIETNAM120301270629.47%
24ANGOLA2312710754121.51%
25QATAR7205909577.92%
26KOSOVO196319084021.61%
27PAKISTAN310628925634.80%
28NIGERIA440768858749.75%
29SENEGAL296847334640.47%
30ECUADOR110326801316.22%
31IRAQ309076472647.75%
32COTE D’IVOIRE190036163930.83%
33AZERBAIJAN62575932510.55%
34ARMENIA69395901211.76%
35JORDAN93905697616.48%
36CUBA70705017914.09%
37GHANA181334366541.53%
38DOMINICAN REPUBLIC116974260627.45%
39OMAN1909389444.90%
40KENYA47693850312.39%
41CAMEROON113183704330.55%
42SRI LANKA73023644920.03%
43SINGAPORE533331331.61%
44UZBEKISTAN40673079813.21%
45BANGLADESH99763057332.63%
46CANADA1416301404.70%
47ISRAEL2273240099.47%
48BAHRAIN765235443.25%
49ETHIOPIA42972313418.57%
50BOLIVIA52412312622.66%
51GABON54662258924.20%
52MALI57172195326.04%
53MADAGASCAR48812160622.59%
54CAPE VERDE67522015833.50%
55SURINAME1642197938.30%
56MONGOLIA27411862014.72%
57AUSTRALIA432170292.54%
58MOZAMBIQUE1089166796.53%
59BURKINA FASO24951607315.52%
60KYRGYZSTAN1143158237.22%
61MAURITANIA28731568418.32%
62HONG KONG S.A.R.167154851.08%
63IRELAND235153961.53%
64CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE)51101538933.21%
65EQUATORIAL GUINEA32311505521.46%
66JAPAN337145462.32%
67NORTH MACEDONIA30351399921.68%
68GUINEA63071348746.76%
69UGANDA25001335218.72%
70BENIN16801224213.72%
71TANZANIA16141203513.41%
72CAMBODIA14421125012.82%
73SUDAN27161119324.27%
74MYANMAR580104695.54%
75NEPAL24671046423.58%
76LIBYA2429992824.47%
77RWANDA1725942718.30%
78CONGO (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC)4197912246.01%
79TOGO2011874523.00%
80HAITI3052858235.56%
81SERBIA23385722.72%
82GUINEA-BISSAU1744826021.11%
83ZIMBABWE45275226.01%
84CHAD2209741929.77%
85NIGER784701111.18%
86CYPRUS62566669.38%
87MALAYSIA1175660317.79%
88PANAMA1563653023.94%
89PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY775625112.40%
90NAMIBIA11362051.82%
91ZAMBIA28759794.80%
92TURKMENISTAN13354512.44%
93JAMAICA25653564.78%
94ROMANIA33949066.91%
95BULGARIA20048264.14%
96TAJIKISTAN901466219.33%
97LAOS36346407.82%
98CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC1469410135.82%
99SOUTH KOREA29540737.24%
100BURUNDI798360422.14%
101SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE554350415.81%
102BRAZIL770347822.14%
103DJIBOUTI895324127.61%
104GEORGIA920292731.43%
105NEW ZEALAND4027351.46%
106MOLDOVA8526153.25%
107ERITREA874215540.56%
108COLOMBIA293209314.00%
109BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA10918305.96%
110CROATIA5518063.05%
111MEXICO8517734.79%
112COMOROS633170937.04%
113BOTSWANA816550.48%
114ALBANIA14215958.90%
115TAIWAN4314173.03%
116AFGHANISTAN1813501.33%
117CHILE172130813.15%
118MONTENEGRO2311561.99%
119ARGENTINA6511145.83%
120NETHERLANDS3810103.76%
121PERU418894.61%
122MAURITIUS178781.94%
123DENMARK77690.91%
124SYRIA15564324.11%
125MACAO S.A.R.165572.87%
126SAINT LUCIA215413.88%
127SAN MARINO24370.46%
128VENEZUELA9543421.89%
129FRANCE43911.02%
130NORTH KOREA223636.06%
131SPAIN163604.44%
132GERMANY123483.45%
133TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO213346.29%
134GUATEMALA02810.00%
135AUSTRIA132415.39%
136ITALY142365.93%
137COSTA RICA32131.41%
138VANUATU01640.00%
139URUGUAY21431.40%
140GREECE91396.47%
141ANDORRA1380.00%
142MALAWI111378.03%
143SWEDEN81186.78%
144SWITZERLAND11120.89%
145BELGIUM41123.57%
146SLOVENIA139913.13%
147ICELAND880.00%
148PARAGUAY6886.82%
149POLAND6817.41%
150LIBERIA780.00%
151EL SALVADOR0750.00%
152SLOVAKIA2692.90%
153TIMOR-LESTE3515.88%
154FINLAND2484.17%
155PORTUGAL2464.35%
156HONDURAS0430.00%
157LUXEMBOURG2405.00%
158NICARAGUA1382.63%
159LITHUANIA0340.00%
160MALTA0340.00%
161NORWAY0330.00%
162HUNGARY1244.17%
163CZECH REPUBLIC1224.55%
164LATVIA1166.25%
165SOUTH SUDAN090.00%
166ESTONIA50.00%
167FIJI1333.33%
168SEYCHELLES020.00%
169MONACO1250.00%

Consulates with Schengen Visa Refusals

Which consulates refused the highest number of schengen visas?

These are the top 50 consulates with highest visa refusals. You can see the full list here

Schengen StateCountry where consulate is locatedConsulateUniform visas not issuedNot issued rate for uniform visas
FranceALGERIAALGIERS12356545.84%
FranceALGERIAORAN7574254.17%
FranceALGERIAANNABA6583648.69%
FranceTUNISIATUNIS2660415.94%
FranceMOROCCOFES2005726.48%
FranceIRANTEHERAN1981633.04%
FranceCHINASHANGHAI180257.39%
PortugalANGOLALUANDA1751819.52%
SpainALGERIAALGIERS1673928.14%
FranceSENEGALDAKAR1566536.31%
FranceCOTE D’IVOIREABIDJAN1512630.47%
FranceCHINABEIJING143915.95%
GermanyIRAQERBIL1410054.98%
SpainALGERIAORAN1383131.20%
GermanyTURKEYISTANBUL1380410.98%
FranceNIGERIALAGOS1296350.79%
FranceEGYPTCAIRO1194119.85%
GermanyTURKEYANKARA1180916.34%
GermanyIRANTEHERAN1098520.48%
SpainMOROCCONADOR1080840.23%
FranceINDIANEW DELHI1066314.97%
GermanyCHINABEIJING95616.82%
NetherlandsIRANTEHERAN935432.96%
ItalyALGERIAALGIERS918539.15%
FranceMOROCCOCASABLANCA90668.65%
ItalyIRANTEHERAN894827.30%
FranceRUSSIAN FEDERATIONMOSCOW87982.33%
ItalyRUSSIAN FEDERATIONMOSCOW87201.88%
FranceMOROCCOAGADIR867226.53%
SwitzerlandINDIANEW DELHI85295.28%
FranceIRAQERBIL836962.92%
SpainDOMINICAN REPUBLICSANTO DOMINGO836328.22%
FranceMOROCCOTANGER829718.43%
FranceINDIAMUMBAI817111.74%
ItalyINDIANEW DELHI782520.05%
NetherlandsGHANAACCRA758741.15%
SpainIRANTEHERAN758132.65%
FranceSAUDI ARABIAJEDDAH747512.15%
GermanyKOSOVOPRISTINA743122.84%
SpainMOROCCOTANGER701111.51%
ItalyUNITED ARAB EMIRATESDUBAI670922.43%
SpainRUSSIAN FEDERATIONMOSCOW65631.36%
GermanyRUSSIAN FEDERATIONMOSCOW64343.22%
PortugalCAPE VERDECIDADE DA PRAIA639433.54%
FranceCHINAGUANGZHOU (CANTON)62364.79%
Czech RepublicINDIANEW DELHI621923.31%
BelgiumMOROCCOCASABLANCA611147.41%
SwitzerlandKOSOVOPRISTINA601819.59%
SpainMOROCCORABAT599225.67%