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I secured a French Schengen visa from February to May. I wanted to do a solo trip, but after looking at the prices of travel and living, I decided going with someone else was the best course of action.

My friend wants to go next January though. This means I might have to extend my visa.

If I don't travel at all during the approved period, could that affect my chances of approval later?

If yes, would it help if I just traveled to Athens for a few days? I have a layover in Istanbul.

Indian citizen/ Canadian PR.

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    Why would they extend a visa when you haven't entered the country, or only for a few days? The visa dates can't be changed, but you could reapply: it's 7 months later. An unused visa doesn't penalise another application. There are many reasons why someone might not travel when they intend to, but have to defer it. Feb 27 at 0:09
  • I don’t think there’s a mechanism for extending a C visa other than in force majeure circumstances, so your chances of ‘approval later’ are zero, unless you mean approval of another visa.
    – Traveller
    Feb 27 at 0:36

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If I don't travel at all during my approved duration, could that affect my chances of approval later?

You do not need to justify why you did not use a visa.

I secured a French Schengen Visa ... would it help if I just travel to Athens for a few days?

Not only would it not help, but it could affect future applications since your given main destination was France and you only went to Greece.

What is the minimum requirement to extend Schengen visa without any official reservations?

You cannot extend a Schengen visa. A new application is required for the new time period.

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While the Schengen visa code technically allows you to enter any country within the Schengen area and stay for the duration of your visa, it is advisable to adhere to the main destination you specified. In practical terms, if you designated France as your primary destination, it is best to travel there. Deviating from this plan could raise suspicions during future visa applications, potentially leading to consequences such as being accused of visa shopping. It's important to proceed with caution in such situations.

In short you must apply for a new visa if there is any change in your plans.

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    This does not answer the question, which is about changing the length of the visa as well as the destination.
    – Willeke
    Feb 28 at 5:38
  • Do you think @Willeke embassies would change the length of the visa as well as the destination Feb 28 at 5:44
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    No, I think they do not, but that is what OP asks about and you ignored that in the answer.
    – Willeke
    Feb 28 at 5:51
  • The visa code does not forsee such changes. A visa can be revoked at the request of the visa holder based on Article 34 (3), afterwhich a new visa can be applied for. Feb 28 at 6:42
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    @SaranshSharma, visa questions require special knowledge as a wrong advice can cost people a lot of money and can lead to bans which affect their future travel often for many years. Do not post answers if you are not really sure, giving people advice to double check or to proceed with caution should be extra, on top of a first class answer. Your answers do not have the required quality in my opinion. (Nor would mine have which is why I rarely post that kind of answers.)
    – Willeke
    Feb 28 at 9:16

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