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Schengen Visa Information

Get all the information about the world´s largest borderless and visa-free zone. Stay informed about the latest requirements when traveling to Europe with a Schengen visa.

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What is the Schengen Visa ?

A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa authorization issued by a Schengen State. It allows you to:

  • an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen Area of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period (“short-stay visa”)
  • transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States (“airport transit visa”)
  • transit through the territory of all Schengen states
Schengen Visa explained

Who needs a Schengen Visa?

If you are traveling to one of the Schengen countries, you should check the official list from the EU from which countries citizens need a Schengen Visa to enter the Schengen Area. An always up to date list of countries is covered in this section.

How to apply for the Visa?

Taking the Right Steps at the Right Time with all documents prepared according to your chosen visa type's specific requirements gives you better chances for visa approval at the first attempt.

Schengen Visa Fees and Costs​

The general visa fee of EUR 80 must be paid when submitting the visa application. People from some countries with which the EU has concluded Visa Facilitation Agreements and children are paying a reduced or no fee. A complete list could be found in the section.

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Schengen Visa Types

There are different types of Schengen visas granted by the embassies of the Schengen countries. They fall under three major categories and each one implements a unique set of restrictions regarding its holder’s freedom to travel in and out of Schengen countries.

Countries in the Schengen Area

The Schengen area covers 26 countries (“Schengen States”) without border controls between them.
Austria Flag Schengen Visa Austria
Austria Visa
Belgium Flag Schengen Visa Belgium
Belgium Visa
Czech Republic Flag Schengen Visa Czech Republic
Czech Republic Visa
Denmark Flag Schengen Visa Denmark
Denmark Visa
Estonia Flag Schengen Visa Estonia
Estonia Visa
Finland Flag Schengen Visa Finland
Finland Visa
France Flag Schengen Visa France
France Visa
Germany Flag Schengen Visa Germany
Germany Visa
Greece Flag Schengen Visa Greece
Greece Visa
Hungary Flag Schengen Visa Hungary
Hungary Visa
Iceland Flag Schengen Visa Iceland
Iceland Visa
Italy Flag Schengen Visa Italy
Italy Visa
Latvia Flag Schengen Visa Latvia
Latvia Visa
Liechtenstein Flag Schengen Visa Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein Visa
Lithuania Flag Schengen Visa Lithuania
Lithuania Visa
Luxembourg Flag Schengen Visa Luxembourg
Luxembourg Visa
Malta Flag Schengen Visa Malta
Malta Visa
Netherlands Flag Schengen Visa Netherlands
Netherlands Visa
Norway Flag Schengen Visa Norway
Norway Visa
Poland Flag Schengen Visa Poland
Poland Visa
Portugal Flag Schengen Visa Portugal
Portugal Visa
Slovakia Flag Schengen Visa Slovakia
Slovakia Visa
Slovenia Flag Schengen Visa Slovenia
Slovenia Visa
Spain Flag Schengen Visa Spain
Spain Visa
Sweden Flag Schengen Visa Sweden
Sweden Visa
Switzerland Flag Schengen Visa Switzerland
Switzerland Visa

Good to know: The 26 Schengen countries are not the only countries you are allowed to enter with a valid Schengen Visa. Many other countries not part of the Schengen Zone are allowing foreign citizens to enter their country, by showing a valid multi-entry Schengen Visa. In this case, e.g. there is no national visa required for the following countries:  Albania, Antigua Barbuda, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Columbia(some restrictions), Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Gibraltar, Kosovo, Mexica, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Taiwan, Turkey, etc…

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Application Requirements for a Schengen Visa

We covered everything you need for the application process in the requirements section. During the processing time of the Visa application the consulate could ask you in individual cases to submit additional information or documents or you may be contacted for an interview.

How to find an accepted Schengen Visa Travel Insurance

A Schengen Visa insurance should cover at least 30,000 EUR for medical costs and repatriation. The insurance duration must be valid for the whole stay in the Schengen Area. The minimum requirements for a Schengen Visa Insurance are listed in the Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament.

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Schengen Visa FAQ´s

On your visa sticker the section “number of entries” indicates how many times you could enter the Schengen area: “1”, “2” or “MULT”. The holder of a multiple entry visa (“MULT”) may enter the Schengen Area an unlimited number of times during the validity of the Schengen Visa”

A visa application must be submitted at the embassy or consulate of the country intended to visit, and if someone intends to visit more than one Schengen Country, the consulate of the country of the primary destination.

It is advised to apply for a Schengen Visa at least 15-30 days or two weeks before the day of the intended visit, since it is the time that the Consulate takes to reach a decision. However, applications can be lodged no more than three months before the day of the intended visit.

More FAQ´s could be found in our Frequently Asked Section. We are also happy to answer your question in our large Schengen Visa community group.