What are the requirements for a Schengen Visa application?
When applying for a Schengen Visa to travel to Europe you will have to submit some documents to match the requirements for a Visa application.
Schengen countries have created a list of the required documents you need to submit depending on your purpose of entry into the Area - and these requirements are more or less the same for each Schengen state. Here we will provide you with a checklist of the documents you need to meet the Schengen Visa requirements.
What documents are required when applying for a Schengen Visa?
The following documents are required for a Schengen Visa application
- a fully completed and signed visa application form,
- two recently taken passport photographs for Schengen visa,
- a valid passport with more than three months left until it expires, and older passports with past visas on them, if you possess them,
- an itinerary of your trip - including dates, flight numbers, and hotel reservations, or proof of accommodation.
You will also need to submit proof you have paid a visa application fee of €80 and prove that you have travel and medical insurance covering you for medical costs up to €30,000. You will also need to attend an interview at a consulate or visa application center.
Along with these basic documents, candidates for a Schengen Visa may need to submit specific documents depending on their employment status, as no objection letter, the type of visa they are applying for and the purpose of their visit.
I’m visiting family or friends, what are the additional Schengen Visa requirements?
You should include an invitation letter from the person you plan to visit, as well as, if applicable, proof of the relationship with the person inviting you, such as a marriage or birth certificate. They must clearly state the duration, purpose, and how you propose to financially support yourself during your visit - this could include an affidavit of support promising you financial or material support.
I’m traveling as an employee of a company, what are the additional Schengen Visa requirements?
If you are an employee traveling on company business, you will also need to provide a letter from your employer describing the purpose of your visit, while those invited by a company within the Schengen Area will need to present a letter of invitation sent via email to the consulate of the country you plan to travel to. You will also need to provide an employment contract, a bank statement documenting the last six months of statements, permission from your employer, and an income tax return.
I’m self-employed and looking to do business in the Schengen Area, what are the additional Schengen Visa requirements?
If self-employed, you will need to provide a copy of your business license, a company bank statement for the last six months, and your income tax return.
I’m traveling to Europe to study, what are the additional Schengen Visa requirements?
If you are going to the Schengen Area to study in a university or a college, you will need an acceptance letter inviting you to join the institution you plan to attend. The letter must have all the details of your stay there, including your major, the duration of your studies, how the studies will be financed, where you will stay, and contact details.
I’m traveling to Europe to attend an event, what are the additional requirements for a Schengen Visa?
You will need an invitation letter from those sponsoring you to attend the event, specifying its itinerary, location, purpose, and why your presence is required. Your sponsor will also need to provide contact details, proof of identity and documentation outlining the nature of the event.
I’m retired, what are the additional Schengen Visa requirements?
You will be asked to provide six months of pension statements, proving you can financially support yourself during your stay.
What documents are required when applying for a Schengen Visa for minors?
The parents or legal guardians of minors applying for a Schengen Visa must submit some extra documents for any underage applicant, such as the child’s birth certificate, an application signed by both parents or guardians, a family court order – in cases where only one parent has full custody over the child, certified copies of both parents’ passports, and a notarized letter of parental authorization signed by parents if the child will be traveling alone.
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Schengen Visa requirements: Frequently asked questions
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 you are applying to visit or is available from AXA Schengen Visa Application - along with tips on how to fill in your form.
I don’t have any travel or medical insurance, where can I obtain this?
AXA’s Low Cost or Europe Travel insurance offers extended coverage wherever you travel in the Schengen Area or in the wider EU region. It also provides the mandatory insurance certificate needed for a Schengen Visa.
I haven’t finalized my travel and accommodation plans, should I apply for a Schengen Visa?
It is best to finalize your travel plans before applying - as an important Schengen Visa requirement is giving a clear account of your itinerary.