How much time does it take to process a Schengen Visa for India?

Is a Schengen Visa easy to get from India?

Schengen Visas are relatively easy to get from India - with rejection rates in most Schengen Area countries below 10 percent. The easiest country to apply for a Schengen Visa to is Switzerland, with rejection rates below six percent.

How do I apply for an India Schengen Visa?

You will first need to work out which India 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.

How far in advance do I need to apply?

You must apply for your India 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.

What is the India Schengen Visa processing time?

Applications should take around 15 days but can take up to 30 days to process, especially during busy periods. However, it may take up to 60 days in complex cases or if there is a backlog of applications - so apply early.

What documents do I need when applying for my India Schengen Visa?

You will need two recently taken passport-style photos, an Indian passport or other travel documents that are less than 10 years old 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 for costs up to €30,000, evidence of legal residence in India (such as an ID card), 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, such as your last three bank statements.

How can I ensure the quickest processing time?

Once you are ready to apply for your visa, you should book an interview at a consulate, embassy, or visa application center. Many countries outsource their visa processing to third-party visa application centers, which are situated in major cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Jalandhar, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kochi, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. If you need to travel you should factor this into your plans when applying for your visa.

Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?

AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance only costs €22 ($24) per week 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 €328 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.

We provide you with an instant printable insurance certificate available online to help speed up the application process.

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Frequently asked questions about India Schengen Visa processing time


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.

Why is the U.K not in the Schengen Area?

The U.K. opted out of the initiative when it was in the European Union - having much less interest in scrapping border controls because of its island geography. Now the U.K. has left the EU it is extremely unlikely to join in the near future.

How will I know when my visa is processed?

Most countries - especially those that utilize visa application centers - offer visa tracking services that enable you to track your application. You can also contact the embassy or consulate or visa center directly.