Do Americans need a visa to travel to the Schengen area ?
Applying for Schengen Visa from the U.S.A.
If you’re an American citizen traveling to Europe, you will likely be heading to countries within the Schengen Area - the group of nations which have abolished border controls between each other. These include most European Union (EU) states such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, and the Scandinavian nations. It does not include the U.K.
I’m an American passport holder or resident, will I require a Schengen Visa?
U.S.A Schengen Visas: American citizens traveling to the Schengen Area for fewer than 90 days do not need to apply for a visa. From 2021, they will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver before travel, which can be obtained online and will cost €7 ($7.82). If you’re planning on staying for longer than 90 days, you will require a long-stay visa or residency permit.
Schengen visa USA green card holders: U.S. permanent residents and Green Card holders who are citizens of states without their own visa-free arrangement with Schengen Area countries, like China or India, as well as all African nations, need to apply for a visa. The fee for a Schengen Visa is €80 ($87) for adults and €40 ($44) for minors.
How do I apply for a Schengen Visa and what are the requirements?
You can get your visa from the embassy or consulate of the country you want to travel to. You will need to provide your passport or travel document, a cover letter explaining the reasons for your trip, proof of accommodation, evidence you can financially support yourself during your stay, a recent photo, and obtain travel and health insurance. U.S. Green Card holders need to provide proof of employment or business ownership, while foreign students studying in America must have an I-20 form allowing them to study and a reference letter from their educational institution. Those planning multiple visits to a Schengen country should check if a one, three, or five-year multiple entry visa would be best suited to their needs.
I need a Schengen Visa, but am visiting more than one country, where do I apply
You need to apply at the embassy of the country you’re staying the longest in. So, if you were planning to spend 10 days in France, a week in Italy, and a week in Germany, you would apply at the French Embassy or Consulate. If you are staying in two countries for an equal amount of time, you should apply wherever you plan to visit first. You also need to check the procedures of the country you are looking to apply to - such as whether they use visa centers to process applications - and the location of your nearest embassy, consulate, or visa application center. These are located in major cities, such as Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., or New York.
How can AXA help?
Those visiting the Schengen Area for a single trip lasting fewer than 90 days will need a short-stay visa. This is the regular visa used for tourism purposes, visiting family and friends or short business trips. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance only costs €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip, and will meet your visa requirements, as well as ensuring you’re covered for any mishaps and accidents you or your loved ones might have.
If you need more comprehensive coverage, which covers you for medical and repatriation expenses up to €100,000,AXA’s Europe Travel coverage is available from €1.50 per day. This also covers theft and loss of documents, as well as offering 24-hour assistance.
For those who are planning to apply for a multiple-entry visa, Multi Trip insurance is available from AXA from €298 per year. It covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
How to apply for Schengen visa in other countries? :
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about applying for a Schengen Visa from the U.S.A.
How do I know if I need a visa?
American citizens do not need a U.S. Schengen Visa to travel to Europe due to visa-free travel arrangements. Residents should check if their home state has similar arrangements - or you will need to apply for a Schengen Visa from the U.S.A.
Do I need to schedule a Schengen Visa appointment?
Yes. Commonly you will have to schedule an appointment at your nearest consulate, embassy or visa application center.
How long will it take to process my U.S.A. Schengen Visa?
It usually takes around two weeks, or 15 days to process a Schengen Visa from the U.S.A.. It may, however, take as long as 30 or even 60 days in exceptional circumstances.