Schengen Visa: General Information

This blog post provides general information about Schengen visa. I really hope you will find it useful.

Schengen Visa

Schengen Visa is a document that allows you to travel to the Schengen Area.

Schengen Area Countries

The following countries are the member states of the Schengen Area: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland

Application Form

Application form must be fully completed and signed by the visa applicant. You can download it from the website of your chosen Embassy. Please, don’t write any false statements.

Travel Document

Your passport should meet the Schengen visa requirements:
– your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago
– must be valid for at least three months after the expiration of the visa you are applying for

Visa Fee

Regular Schengen visa fee is €60. It’s free for children under six years. Bear in mind that visa fee charge is non-refundable in the case where visa application is rejected.

Visa Types

• Airport transit visa (type A)
• Transit visa (type B)
• Short stay Schengen visa (type C)
– single entry
– double entry
– multiple entry
• Limited territorial validity visa
• Type D (national visa)

Schengen Visa Insurance

Valid Schengen Visa Insurance is necessary for all visa applicants who plan to visit any of the member states of the Schengen Area. Also, your insurance coverage must be at least EUR 30,000 and must be valid in all Schengen Area countries. This Schengen travel insurance meets all those requirements plus with this insurance, you can apply in any Embassy/Consulate of the country you plan to visit:

Visa Refusal

In case of Schengen visa refusal, you will receive notification letter stating the reasons for visa refusal. If you want to avoid visa refusal provide all the documents and don’t give false statements.

Supporting Documents

Here is the list of supporting documents you need to enclose with the visa application:
– proof of accommodation
– invitation from the host if staying with one
– proof of sufficient means at your disposal to cover your living expenses
– proof of civil status
– proof of employment
Note: Embassy officials have the full authority to request more documents than those above stated.

For more information on how to apply for Schengen visa, please visit Schengen Visa Info website.