What is Schengen Visa
The Schengen Visa is a single tourist visa for that you can use to
visit 15 European countries without the need of separate visas for each
country. This visa allows hassle free internal travel (air, road, train
etc.) between these countries. This
visa allows the visitors (for leisure, tourism, or business) to
travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to
90 days in a 6 month period. It is ecommended to plan your journey within the timeframe of the Schengen
Visa, as extensions can be very difficult to obtain, thus forcing you to
leave these countries.
Please note that only 13 out of the 25 European Unions (EU) countries
participate in the Schengen Visa program plus Iceland and Norway. This
visa allows you to enter the following countries
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland
Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands
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Where to Apply for a Schengen Visa?
- If you intend to
visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Embassy or
Consulate of that particular country. You should apply at the Embassy or
Consulate responsible for the state where you live.
- If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must
apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is
your main destination.
- If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not
have a main destination, you should apply for a visa at the Embassy
or Consulate of the country which is your first point of entry.
Download Schengen Visa Form
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Requirements may vary between countries that you are applying the
visa with. Some of the requirements requested by the embassies include:
- A Valid US Passport
- Means of Transport: Proof of travel (tickets, original travel
- Proof of Financial Means: Bank statements
Travel insurance is a must requirement in order to apply for
Visa invitations/confirmations are documents, often directly
approved by the Foreign Ministry of the country to be visited, that
authorizes a particular traveler to visit that country. They
typically state the dates and cities you are visiting, the name of a
hosting organization, as well as an "official" reference number and
seal of approval. This is particularly prevalent for Russia and many
Schengen countries. Required formats for invitations and
confirmations vary by country.
- Proof of Accommodation: Confirmed hotel reservations, official
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1. Multiple Schengen Visa
A multiple entry Schengen visa will allow the holder several entries
into the Schengen area, allowing you to return to the UK and then
re-enter the Schengen area at a later date.
Not all embassies issue multiple entry visas some prefer to only
issue a single entry visa to cover you for the specific trip you are
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