What is a short-term Schengen Visa?

The standard short-term Schengen visa to travel to Europe is a Uniform Schengen Visa. It allows you to stay in the 26 countries within the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. This visa allows you to travel and reside in your destination country and to travel freely between Schengen countries.

Do I need a Schengen Visa?

If you are a citizen of a country outside the Schengen Area that does not have a visa-free travel arrangement with Schengen countries, you will need a visa. The U.S., U.K., Canada, and Japan all have these arrangements in place, but countries like China, India, and all African nations do not, so their citizens require a visa.

Is there anything else I need to know about Schengen Visas?

You can apply for a single entry Schengen visa, double-entry or multiple entry Schengen visa depending on your needs. The former is best if you are only planning a short trip to one country, while a double-entry visa allows you to exit and return to the Schengen Area, and a multiple entry Schengen visa allows you to exit and return as many times as you like while it is valid. Multiple entry Schengen visas are available to cover periods of one, three and five years, during which you can enter and exit the Schengen Area as many times as you like, providing you do not stay for more than 90 days within a six-month period.

How do I apply for a Schengen tourist visa?

You’ll need to apply to the consulate, embassy or visa application center of your host country, or if traveling to more than one nation, then to the one you plan to spend the most time in. You’ll need to provide two identical photographs, a valid passport, proof of your itinerary, such as flight bookings, as well as proof of accommodation. You’ll also need travel and medical insurance, covering costs up to €30,000, including repatriation to your home country in case of a medical emergency or death.

How can AXA help?

You can buy your medical and travel insurance online with AXA from as little as €0.99 per day, and certificate proving you are insured will be available immediately, meaning you can get on with your visa application. Multi-Trip insurance is also available to customers planning to travel in and out of the Schengen Area on multiple occasions - perfect for those traveling on business or who want to make repeat visits to family.