How to apply for a Schengen Visa ?

Do I need to apply for a Schengen Visa?

If you’re traveling to Europe and entering the Schengen Area from a country without a visa-free travel arrangement, you’ll need to make a Schengen Visa application. Here are the countries which belong to the Schengen Area and thus require a Schengen Visa : axa-schengen.com/en/schengen-visa-countries.

Where can I obtain my Schengen visa?

To obtain your Schengen visa you must address you Schengen visa application to the embassy or consulate of the country you wish to visit. A visa application center can also help you with the process.

If, during my stay, I want to travel to different countries belonging to the Schengen area, will I need more than one Schengen visa ?

You do not need a Schengen visa per country visited. If during your stay you intend to travel to several countries of the Schengen area, you only need to apply for a visa in the country where your stay will be the longest. If you intend to stay the same length of time in each country, you must apply for your Schengen visa at the consulate of the first Schengen area country you will enter.

Find more information about who needs a Schengen visa here.

Everything you need to know about Schengen area here.

Everything you need to know about Schengen states Embassies and Consulates here.

All the different types of schengen visas here.

What are the required documents when applying for a Schengen Visa?

To apply for a Schengen visa you need to provide the following documents:

  • A completed and signed visa application form
  • Your passport. Its expiration date should be minimum 3 months beyond the date when you will leave the Schengen area -
  • A health & travel insurance certificate: when you subscribe to an AXA Schengen insurance, your certificate will be sent to you by email immediately after your online subscription. All you need to do is print the certificate and enclose it with your application form.
  • A document exposing your itinerary and your travel arrangements: local authorities need to know where and how you intend to move around, therefore you are asked to provide proof of your means of transportation (plane, train or bus tickets, invoices for rental cars).
  • Documents related to your subsistence: you must provide proof that your have the financial means to support yourself during your entire stay in the visited country. Requirements differ according to the Schengen Area country you are visiting, consulates and embassies will provide you with this information. -
  • Documents concerning your accommodation plans: with your application you are asked to give information on where you plan to stay during your visit. This can be a hotel reservation invoice, an email from a friend or relative inviting you to stay with them, etc.

Additional documents or information can be asked by the Consulate where you are applying.

More information on the required documents for a Schengen visa application.

Where do I submit my Schengen Visa application?

Some countries do provide online visa services, often through firms that process applications in visa application centers - but sometimes you will need to turn up to an interview and finalize your application. These will be held at your nearest embassy, consulate, or a visa application center - where you must bring copies of your application and all supporting documents.

What happens next with my Schengen Visa application?

It will usually take no more than 15 days to process your Schengen Visa application, but sometimes it will take longer, especially over the summer holiday period of July and August. In complicated or exceptional cases, it may take up to 45 days. Some countries will provide a service where you can track your application - or you can contact the embassy or consulate if you have concerns.

Are there any other tips I need to know when making my Schengen Visa application?

The Schengen Visa application process can be confusing and stressful if you do not know what you are doing, so we have prepared a handy guide to take you through each of the 37 steps you need to follow to apply for a Schengen Visa.

You can view it here :

How can AXA help?

You can buy your medical and travel insurance online with AXA from as little as €0.99 per day. A certificate proving you are insured will be available immediately, meaning you can get on with your visa application. AXA travel insurance policies are accepted in all of the embassies and consulates of Schengen Area countries.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about applying for a Schengen Visa

Where can I find a Schengen Visa application form?

A Schengen Visa form should be available from the website of the consulate of the country or its visa application center

Can I alter my Schengen Visa application once it has been submitted?

No. If you need to make significant changes to your application, such as changes to travel dates or the country you are applying to, you will need to submit a new application.

If my visa is refused, will I receive a full refund of my visa application fee?

No. It is non-refundable as it covers the processing of your application.