A Schengen Visa is a travel document that people visiting or travelling within the Schengen Area get issued with by the appropriate authority. The Schengen Area has 26 countries that allow movements of all their citizens within this locality as one country. 24 of these countries are part of EU while the other4 are part of the EFTA.
All the citizens of this area and other citizens from other countries that don’t require a visa to get to the Schengen Area are not allowed to stay in their travelling destination for whatever the duration they want without having any other permission.
According to Schengen rules, all residents of the countries listed below should hold a valid visa in order to visit or travel to any country located in the Schengen Area. The passport is supposed to be valid for not less than six months upon your return. However, there are specific rules. If you are in need of more information regarding the Schengen visa processing, get in touch with the concerned embassy or consulate.
The time allowed for you to stay in any country in the Schengen Area doesn’t go beyond three months, every six months regardless of your reasons for travel. Also, although you are able to get a visa to enter or stay for a given period in Schengen Area, this does not apply to you studying or working in that country. Some citizens of specific countries also require an airport transit visa so as to change an airplane at the airport in a given Schengen Area country.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Schengen visa?
It is a short-stay visa that is issued by every country in the Schengen Area.
Which EU countries are not within the borderless Schengen Area?
Romania, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia and the UK are outside the Schengen Area. These countries are governed by their own rules on how to issue short-stay visas.
What will the visa give me the freedom to do?
With it, you will be free to travel to any of the 26 Schengen countries for as long as your visa allows, which should not be more than 90 days every 180 days. You will not require a visa for every country and you will be required to produce your passport while crossing borders between these countries that are within the Schengen Area.
Requirements for obtaining the visa
- A fully-filled application form
- An administrative fee of €60 in most cases
- A photograph and your travel documents
- All the documents relating to your purpose of the trip, such as the invitation letter from your host, flight and hotel reservation details or any evidence that you are going on a business trip
- Proof of financial capability
- Accommodation-related details
- Travel insurance that covers a minimum of €30,000. This travel insurance includes all the costs that you might need in case you need to return home due to illness or death. This insurance is supposed to be valid for the whole Schengen Area and for the whole period of your stay.
The Schengen Member States