Do I need a Schengen Visa?
Citizens of most countries around the world need a visa to travel to European countries in the Schengen Area, providing their home nation does not have a visa-free travel arrangement with the European Union. The U.S., U.K., Canada, and Japan all have these arrangements in place, but countries like China, India, the Philippines, and all African nations do not, so their citizens require a visa.
I need a Schengen Visa, where do I apply?
Traditionally, visa applicants have gone through the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to apply to. However, outsourced application centers now handle the process for some countries, including Spain and France. You need to check which country you are traveling to, or if more than one, where you plan to spend most of your stay. Then you will need to book an appointment at either a consulate or visa application center.
Embassies and consulates are generally situated in capitals or, in larger nations with a high volume of travelers wishing to travel to Europe, like the U.S., in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, or Boston. With most countries’ outsourced visa services, you can apply online and book an appointment at the nearest center to complete your application - which is likely to be in your nearest major city.
What do I need before my appointment?
You’ll need to provide at least two identical photographs, a valid passport, proof of your itinerary, like flight bookings, as well as proof of accommodation, such as hotel bookings, rental agreements or a letter of invitation from someone you are staying with. You’ll also need travel and medical insurance covering costs up to €30,000 ($26,855), as well as cover for repatriation to your home country in case of a medical emergency or death. If you are applying for a visa other than a standard Schengen tourist visa, you may need to provide additional documents - such as proof of employment, or of your plans to study within a Schengen country.
How can AXA help with my visa application?
To obtain a visa you need travel and medical insurance covering the whole 26 countries in the Schengen Area (even those you have no plans to visit) and cover accidents, and illnesses for costs up to a minimum of €30,000. AXA offers several Schengen Visa compliant insurance policies for travel in Europe, from a low-cost option, priced at as little as €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip to comprehensive Multi Trip insurance. Your insurance certificate for Schengen visa will be available instantly via email, meaning you can move forward with your application straight away.