Are you planning to visit a European country that is part of the Schengen Area for a period of less than 3 months, either as a tourist, student or on business?.
Are you required to hold a visa or do you believe you are subject to a visa requirement for the Schengen Area?. In that case, you will need to file an application to obtain the required European Schengen visa.
On this site, we set out to give answers to the most frequently asked questions relating to the Schengen travel visa, as we provide an overview of the application formalities you will need to perform, and present a series of practical tips for applying for a European Schengen visa and the pertaining European Schengen travel insurance including medical health care coverage, travel assistance and repatriation which you are required to take out when applying for your Schengen visa.
You are looking to visit one or several European Schengen countries either as a tourist, a student or on business, for a period of no longer than 3 months. If you hold a nationality that involves a visa obligation, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa. Below, we briefly outline the requirements and practical terms and conditions on how to file your application and to obtain a European Schengen visa.
If you are intending to visit just one Schengen country, you will need to apply for a visa with the embassy or the consulate of that particular country.
If you are looking to visit several Schengen countries, you will need to apply for a visa with the embassy or the consulate of the country that is your main destination.
If you are intending to visit several Schengen countries, but do not have a main destination, you will need to apply for a visa with the embassy or the consulate of the country where you will be entering the Schengen territory.
Presently, 25 EU countries are part of the European Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland. Please note: the United Kingdom and Ireland are not Schengen countries.
The Schengen Treaty provides for the removal of the internal border controls between the Schengen member states. The Treaty provides for joint rules for controlling the external borders of the Schengen Area. The Schengen Treaty also provides for the same visa obligations and rules for obtaining a Schengen visa. The aim is to enable the free movement of persons within the European Schengen Area. The Schengen countries have established a set of joint rules that have resulted in:
Please note: the Schengen Area is not identical to the European Community (EU). Even though the United Kingdom and Ireland are both EU member states, they have decided to opt out of the Schengen Area, preferring to maintain their own border controls. Which means that if you are intending to travel to either of these two countries, combined with a visit to any of the European Schengen countries, you will need to observe a separate procedure.
If you are intending to stay in any of the Schengen countries for a period longer than three months, the Schengen visa no longer applies. Instead, you are required to observe the specific rules of each separate country.
In 2001, the “Council of the European Union” adopted a list ofresidents of third countries that are subject to the Schengen visa obligation for short stays of less than three months.
The first thing to do is to check whether your nationality requires a Schengen visa. Click here for the nationalities that require a Schengen visa for a stay of less than three months.
Fill in an application form beforehand to obtain a valid travel visa for the European Schengen Area. Download and print off your Schengen visa application form here in different languages:
Before making your way to the embassy or the consulate of the European Schengen country you need, please make sure you are carrying:
If you visit any of the Schengen countries several times in one year, rather than taking out a new Schengen travel insurance for each trip, the best thing to do is to go for a full-year insurance cover. Take out "Multitrip” formula, which will cover you for all your trips and visits for a whole year, provided you never exceed a time span of three months on each visit.
You have finally been given your visa for the Schengen Area. You are now entitled to travel freely around the Schengen Area for the maximum three-month term of validity. However, please beware as you still need to comply with the requirements specified below at all times: