I am fully vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine. I have a multiple entry Schengen visa (Type C) that is valid till Jan 2023. It was issued by the Embassy of Netherlands.

I have used it previously (in 2018 and 2019) to travel to several countries in Europe. I understand that new visa issuance was put on hold during the Corona virus pandemic. But I believe previously issued and valid visas are not impacted by any regulation. Is that correct?

I want to travel to Austria on this visa but the Embassy here gave me TWO different answers: on the phone they said "fine, no problems" but on email they told me "to check with Embassy of Netherlands".

Asking this question as a 're-confirmation' from the community because the official websites (https://reopen.europa.eu/) doesn't say anything. The updated travel restrictions at the time of writing (Sep 29) for the countries I checked (Netherlands, Austria) also don't have any mention for previously issued and active Schengen visas.

TL,DR: want to use an active Schengen visa (issued by NL) but going to Austria this time.

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    My question is specific to post-pandemic travel regulations. The appended post is generic and was asked 9 years ago! Also, I understand that new Schengen visa issuance was temporarily halted for non-EU passports; and I want to reconfirm that none of the Coronavirus related travel restrictions impacted previously issued and currently active Schengen visas. Sep 29, 2021 at 11:47
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    What is your nationality, and what country will you be travelling from? Sep 29, 2021 at 12:27
  • Indian, traveling from Kuwait Sep 29, 2021 at 13:14
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    I don't think visa have been invalidated and I would be surprised if they had been but I don't know for sure. +1 to the question, seems like a reasonable thing to ask and definitely not a duplicate.
    – Relaxed
    Sep 29, 2021 at 14:28

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For the benefit of the community, here is my travel experience:

There are absolutely NO ISSUES in traveling on a previously issued and still active/ valid Schengen visa. I did this and it was smooth, just like pre-pandemic days. So please disregard any false information that travel agents et al are spreading.

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