Applying for a Schengen Visa in Jamaica
Do Jamaicans need a Schengen Visa to enter Europe?
Jamaican passport holders need to apply for a Schengen Visa in order to enter any of the Schengen Area countries.
How do I apply for a Jamaica Schengen Visa?
You will first need to work out which Jamaica Schengen Visa you need, depending on your purpose, the length of your trip, and how many times you plan to visit. The standard Schengen Visa, for trips lasting up to 90 days, is a short-stay visa, with longer stays requiring a work or study visa. Multiple-entry visas are also available if you plan on traveling regularly to the Schengen Area.
You must apply for your Jamaica Schengen Visa no more than six months, and no fewer than 15 days, before your trip. It is advised you apply at least three weeks before you leave, however, to allow for any delays in the processing of your application. Then, you need to fill out your application, obtain all the documents you need for your Jamaica Schengen Visa, and attend an interview at a consulate or embassy.
How much does a Jamaica Schengen Visa cost?
A Schengen Visa from Jamaica costs €80 for adults and €40 for minors. Visa fees are waived for children under six years of age, those traveling to Europe for study purposes, researchers, those under 25 years old traveling with charitable organizations, and those attending sporting or cultural events.
What documents do I need to apply for a Jamaica Schengen Visa?
You can download a Schengen Visa application form here:AXA Schengen Visa Application
In addition to this, you will need two recently taken passport-style photos and a Jamaican passport or other travel documents that are no older than 10 years and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay. This will vary from country to country.
When proving your accommodation and itinerary you are advised not to purchase full-price tickets until you get the visa, like a dummy ticket or reservation held for a small fee, or even a printout showing your flight plan is sufficient. When booking accommodation, you are advised to ensure your payment is refundable if your visa is refused.
Are there any documents I will need when applying for a Jamaica Schengen Visa to work?
If you are planning to work or study in the Schengen Area, then you will need additional documents to obtain your Jamaica Schengen Visa. For those coming to work in Europe, these include an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your employer, and an income tax return. As a student, you will need proof of enrolment and a no objection letter from the school you study at in Jamaica.
You may also need to supply proof of a pension or property income if these provide your income.
Where do I apply for a Schengen Visa in Jamaica?
Not all countries have their own embassy or consulates in Jamaica, but not to worry - other embassies or consulates act on their behalf. Those you can use are:
The Embassy of Germany If you need a German visa, head to the German Embassy in Kingston - which also processes applications on behalf of Estonia, Finland, Iceland and Italy. The Embassy of Spain
Located in Kingston, the Embassy of Spain in Jamaica is the place to go if you’re looking for a Spanish Schengen visa, or if traveling to Austria, France, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, The Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, or Switzerland. The Embassy of Belgium
The Belgian Embassy in Kingston processes tourist visas for Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway.
You still need to apply for a visa from the country that is your main destination. So, if you’re traveling to Greece and Italy, with most of your time in Italy, then you should apply at the German embassy.
How long does it take to process a Jamaica Schengen Visa?
Applications should take around 15 days but can take up to 30 days to process, especially during busy periods.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance only costs €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.
Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
How to apply for Schengen visa in other countries? :
Frequently asked questions about Jamaica Schengen Visas
What should I do if my visa gets refused?
If your visa is refused, you have the right to appeal to the authorities in the Schengen member state where you applied.
What will happen if I overstay my Schengen Visa?
You could be deported or detained and may face a fine or a travel ban barring you from Schengen countries.
Where will I find consulates and embassies when I head for my visa application interview?
All the relevant embassies are based in Kingston, and the New Kingston area in particular.