I want to apply for a short-stay Schengen Visa. Which countries are most likely to grant my request?
In general, Lithuania is the easiest country to obtain a Schengen Visa from, with officials granting 98.7 per cent of applications. The nation also receives fewer applications than countries such as Germany or France, as they are extremely popular with tourists and business travellers.
Applying for a Schengen Visa from Lithuania may mean shorter waiting time for an appointment and decision on whether your application has been accepted. Estonia is the next easiest, granting 98.4 per cent of applications, and also receives relatively few requests. Finland is next, with 98.3 per cent, but receives a higher volume of visa requests. Other countries with comparatively high rates of applications granted are Iceland, Latvia and Poland.
Although a Schengen Visa allows you to travel to any of the 26 Schengen countries within the 90 days a short-stay visa is valid for - you must apply for your visa in the country where you intend to spend the bulk of your trip.
I’m applying for a Schengen Visa from India. Which countries are easiest to apply to?
Indian passport holders are welcome in Europe, with more than 10 million Indians visiting Schengen countries each year - and more than a million tourist visas issued in 2018. The easiest countries to apply to are as above, although some countries have embassies or consulates that do not issue visas, including Greece, Iceland, Slovenia, and Slovakia. They are represented in these matters by another embassy.
You should also check the country you want to travel to has a consulate or visa application center, as some countries may not provide these services in nearby towns or cities.
I’m applying for a Schengen Visa from the Philippines. Which countries are most likely to grant my request?
More than 170,000 Schengen Visa applications were received from the Philippines in 2017, with more than 80 per cent approved.
Many countries, including Belgium, Austria, and France, have outsourced their visa applications process to VFSGlobal, who have centers in Manila and Cebu. Like India, some countries are represented by other countries’ consulates on visa matters. For example, Norway’s embassy represents Finland and Estonia.
I’m applying for a Schengen Visa from the United Arab Emirates. Which countries are most likely to grant my request?
Thanks to a visa waiver agreement, U.A.E. passport holders who have not previously been refused a visa have been able to travel to Schengen Area countries. Those who are non-U.A.E. and non-Schengen nationals living in the country, will need to apply to the relevant consulate, embassy or visa application center in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
How can AXA help me obtain my Schengen Visa?
AXA provides low-cost Schengen Visa travel insurance that meets the €30,000 minimum coverage you need to obtain your visa.