Obtaining a Schengen visa can be a nightmare at the best of times for the national of countries like India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and most of the Middle East and African countries. You need to obtain a ton of forms for your application and jump through hoops for the embassy but there is always a nagging feeling that the embassy has not informed you of ALL the Schengen Visa requirements. Yes, believe me they deliberately leave things out and if they have outsourced their visa application processing to some another company then good luck to you as these guys won’t be able to answer any questions that you may have.
Back in 2010 I had my travel plans ground to a halt after my Schengen visa was denied and I don’t want this to happen to you so I have developed this guide to help you obtain the Schengen visa the first time you apply.
International Application Services’ Schengen Visa department has put together a Schengen Visa Application Guide which is a step-by-step guide to help you obtain your own Schengen visa without the need for an expensive travel agent or Schengen visa specialist. Put together by Schengen visa experts the e-book will guide you through the entire Schengen Visa application process from start to finish.
Here is what is included in the Schengen visa application guide
What is a Schengen Visa?
List of the 26 Schengen Countries
General Schengen Visa requirements
How to Apply for a Schengen Visa
When to Apply for a Schengen Visa
Where to Apply for a Schengen Visa
Documents required for a tourist Schengen Visa
Documents required for a business Schengen Visa
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Airports requiring transit visas from certain nationalities
Latest Schengen Visa Application Forms (for each country)
Template employer’s letter, Template college/university letter / Template letter from accountant
Some snippets of content:
Do I need a Schengen Visa?
Nationals from the following countries do not usually require a Schengen visa: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.
Where to apply for a Schengen Visa?
A Schengen visa is applied for at the local Embassy, Consulate or Visa Application Centre of the Schengen country which you will be spending the most nights on your trip to the Schengen area. If you are only visiting one country on your trip then you apply for your visa at the local Embassy, Consulate or Visa Application centre of this Schengen country. If you are spending an equal amount of time between several Schengen countries then you should apply at the local Embassy, Consulate or Visa Application Centre of the country that will be your first port of entry.
How long does it take to get a Schengen visa?
It really depends on the Consulate. Some take a week, others take 15 working days. It’s important to take this into account when planning your holiday. It is also important to remember that you may only get an appointment to apply for the visa in 3 weeks time so this should be taken into consideration before booking your holiday.
I am travelling by Eurostar or car to Europe, any special requirements?
Yes, Eurostar ticket must be original and nonflexible and non-refundable. If travelling by motor vehicle you will need to provide driver’s license, log book, MOT certificate, insurance for the vehicle with return ferry tickets with your full name and car details.
Do I need Travel insurance?
You will need travel insurance when you apply for a Schengen visa. The travel insurance should include medical evacuation / repatriation coverage of at least EURO 30,000. The insurance company must have a representative office in Europe and the insurance must be valid for duration of stay in the Schengen states.
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