I applied for a Schengen visa 20 days ago. Usually, they grant the visa within 15 days. I have traveled on time, came back on time after a 6-day holiday. I was granted a visa 3 times. But this time no reply. It's been 20 days already.

Does anyone know why?

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Monday was December 25th, Christmas Day. All non-essential services and offices were closed in most of the Schengen zone. Many workers take leave a few days before Christmas and between Christmas and New Year, so even if offices are "open" they might be operating at a reduced capacity.

Visa will still be processed, but I'm not surprised if the decision takes a few days longer. (That goes for positive and negative answers.)

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