Visit Europe and the Schengen Area
Schengen Visa Information
A Schengen visa is an authorisation 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
A Schengen visa is a short stay visa allowing its holder to travel in the whole Schengen area. The Schengen area covers 26 countries (“Schengen States”) without border controls between them. These countries are listed below:
The Schengen Zone
Who needs a Schengen Visa?
If you are travelling 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: Who needs a Schengen Visa
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. Types of Schengen Visas
Schengen Visa Fees and Costs
The general visa fee of EUR 80 (from 2020 incresing to EUR 80)must be paid when submitting the visa application. Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years are paying a reduced price of EUR 40.
Nationals of countries with which the EU has concluded Visa Facilitation Agreements
shall pay a fee of EUR 35. A complete list with all fees and cost could be found in the section Schengen Visa Fees and Costs
Visa 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. Schengen Visa Application Requirements
How to find a 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. Read more about Schengen Visa Travel Insurance
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”
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.