Schengen Visa

A Schengen Visa is the document issued by the appropriate authorities to the interested party for visiting/travelling to and within the Schengen Area.

 

The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Of the 26 countries bound by the Schengen agreement, 22 are part of the EU and the other 4 are part of the EFTA.

 

Schengen area covers the majority of European countries, except for the United Kingdom and countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Ireland soon to be part of the agreement. However, there are countries that are not part of the EU like Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein yet do belong in the Schengen area and cherish the free movement policy.

Schengen Visa Countries List :

Austria

Estonia

Greece

Latvia

Netherlands

Slovakia

Switzerland

Belgium

Finland

Hungary

Lithuania

Norway

Slovenia

Liechtenstein

Czech Republic

France

Iceland

Luxembourg

Poland

Spain

Denmark

Germany

Italy

Malta

Portugal

Sweden

Types of Schengen Visa:

Regarding the nature/purpose of the travel, there are several types of a Schengen visa issued by the designated embassy/consulate.

The Uniform Schengen Visa stands for a permit of one of the Schengen Area Member Countries to transit or reside in the desired territory for a certain period of time up to the maximum of 90 days every six month period starting from the date of entry. According to the purpose of traveling the Uniform Schengen Visa applies to all of the three categories, “A”, “B” and “C”.

This type of visa obtained allows you to travel only in the Schengen State that has issued the visa or in some other cases, in the certain Schengen States specifically mentioned when applying for the visa. Apart from these Schengen countries, this specific visa is invalid to any other Schengen country not specified prior.

The national visa of “D” category is granted to the certain individuals who are to be studying, working or permanently residing in one of the Schengen countries. The national visa can be of a single entry, granted for the people who are in need of residing in the Schengen country for a certain period of time, or for a sole purpose after which they shall return to their country.

Schengen Visa Fee

When applying for a Schengen visa there is a non-refundable mandatory visa fee every applicant must pay. The visa costs vary depending on the type of visa and age of the applicant as well as some other exceptions stated in the text.

The regular fee (in Euro)

Airport transit visa                                     –   60.00 EUR

Short stay visa, less than 90 days         –   60.00 EUR

Long stay visa, more than 90 days       –    99.00 EUR

 

Schengen Travel Visa Insurance

Anyone travelling temporarily to a Schengen area from a country that is subject to visa requirements,  be it an individual or group visitors, tourists, or business travelers is required to purchase travel insurance that covers the number of days he/she will be spending in the Schengen Area.

 

The insurance must be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30,000! We recommend this one!

Mandatory Documents

  1. The Visa Application form must be fully completed and signed in the corresponding blanks.
  2. One photo is to be attached; the photo must have a passport format, full-face capture, and a light background. The photo must be recently taken.
  3. The passport as well as all the copies of your previous visas( if any), valid for at least 3 months prior to your departure is required. The passport must have at least two blank pages.
  4. Round trip reservation or itinerary  with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area. We can handle flight itineraries, hotel reservation for visa, insurance required etc.
  5. The travel health insurance policy   is to be secured, covering any medical emergency with hospital care and travel back to ones native country due to medical motives. This health insurance policy has to cover expenses up to 30,000 euros, the sum depending on the residing days, and also it has to be valid in all Schengen countries. The health insurance policy must be purchased before picking up the visa and if your visa is refused you can cancel it!
  6. Proof of accommodation  for the whole duration of the intended stay in the Schengen area.
  7. Proof of sufficient means of subsistence  during the intended stay in the Schengen area. Varies from country to country.

 

For a minor there are a few additional documents requested by the corresponding institution stated as follows:

  • The minor’s birth certificate
  • The application form has to be signed by both parents
  • In cases where one parent has full custody over the child, the family court order has to be attached.
  • Certified copies of ID/passport of both parents.
  • The notarized parental authorization signed by both parents and guardians is attached if the minor is to be travelling alone.