Schengen Countries

Schengen Countries

Visas For Travel to Schengen Countries

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A Schengen visa is a document issued by a Schengen State that allows you to stay in the Schengen Countries for no more than 90 days in any 180-day period (“short stay visa”), and a transit through the Schengen States international transit zones (“airport transit visa”). You may also stay for longer than 90 days under a Schengen national visa / residence permit. These all fall under Schengen Application when you apply.

Please ensure you apply well in advance of your travel as most Embassies / Visa Centres are experiencing high demand.

Iceland

Foreign visitors have been allowed to apply for an Icelandic Schengen Visa since 2001, when Iceland became an EFTA state and so became a member of the Schengen Area.

Poland

Since 2007, when Poland became a member of the European Union, it has been possible to apply for a Polish Schengen Visa.

Czech Republic

You can apply for a Czech Republic Schengen Visa since 2007, when the Czech Republic entered the Schengen Area as an EU member state.

Italy

Travelers from other countries who wish to visit Italy for a limited amount of time can do so by obtaining an Italy Schengen Visa. San Marino and the Vatican City are included in the Schengen Area.

Austria

Foreign travellers have been able to apply for an Austrian Schengen Visa since 1997, when Austria entered the Schengen Area as an EU member state.

Hungary

Since 2007, when Hungary joined the Schengen Area and the European Union, it has been possible to apply for a Hungarian Schengen Visa.

Norway

Norwegian Schengen Visas have been available since 2001, when Norway joined the Schengen Area as an EFTA member.

Belgium

Belgiums government accepted the Schengen Agreement in 1995, bringing the country into the European Unions borderless zone. Foreign visitors can get a Schengen visa in Belgium.

Estonia

Since 2007, when Estonia became a member of the European Union, it has been possible to apply for an Estonian Schengen Visa.

Liechtenstein

In February 2008, Liechtenstein became the 26th and last country to sign the Schengen Agreement and accede to the Schengen Area.

Slovenia

Slovenian Schengen Visas have been available since 2007, when Slovenia joined the Schengen Area as an EU member state.

Finland

You can apply for a Finnish Schengen Visa since 2001, when Finland entered the Schengen Area as a member state of the European Union.

Netherlands

You may apply for a Netherlands Schengen Visa since 1995, when the Netherlands became a member of the EU and entered the Schengen Area.

Portugal

You may apply for a Portuguese Schengen Visa since 1995, when Portugal became a member of the EU and entered the Schengen Area.

Denmark

You may apply for a Danish Schengen Visa since 2001, when Denmark became a member of the European Union and entered the Schengen Area.

Latvia

You may apply for a Latvian Schengen Visa since Latvia entered the Schengen Area as a member of the European Union in 2007.

Slovakia

You may apply for a Slovakian Schengen Visa since 2007, when Slovakia became an EU member state and entered the Schengen Area.

Lithuania

You may apply for a Lithuanian Schengen Visa since 2007, when Lithuania entered the Schengen Area as a European Union member state.

Spain

You may apply for a Spain visa since 1995, when Spain became a member of the Schengen Area as an EU member state.

France

Since 1997, when France entered the Schengen Area as a member of the European Union, you may apply for a France Schengen visa.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a founding member of the Schengen Area, which was founded on June 14, 1985 in the Luxembourg hamlet of Schengen.

Sweden

You may apply for a Sweden Schengen Visa since 2001, when Sweden entered the Schengen Area as an EU member state.

Germany

Since 1995, when Germany entered the Schengen Area as an EU member state, travellers with a Schengen Visa have been authorised to enter Germany.

Malta

You may apply for a Maltese Schengen Visa since 2007, when Malta became a member of the European Union and entered the Schengen Area.

Switzerland

You may apply for a Swiss Schengen Visa since 2008, when Switzerland joined the Schengen Area as an EFTA member.

Greece

You may apply for a Greek Schengen Visa since 2000, when Greece became a member of the European Union and entered the Schengen Area.

Transit Visas in the Schengen Countries

A Schengen transit visa is a permission required of particular nationalities who will transit via a Schengen country to a non-Schengen country, even if they do not leave the airports international transit zone. If your second destination is also a Schengen country, youll need a standard Schengen visa. Its crucial to keep in mind that certain Schengen countries have their own visa listings with additional countries.

Tourist Visa for Schengen

If you want to go sightseeing in a Schengen country, you can apply for a Schengen tourist visa, which is specifically designed for this purpose and can be issued by any Schengen country. The Schengen tourist visa allows you to travel to more than one Schengen nation.

Schengen Visa for Business

Meetings, events, fairs, business initiatives, and commercial activities are all covered by a Schengen Business visa. The visa allows the holder to visit any Schengen nation for 90 days during a 180-day period.

What is the Schengen Agreement and how does it work?

The Schengen Agreement is a treaty that led to the founding of Europes Schengen Area, which has largely eliminated internal border checks. It was signed by five of the ten member states of the then European Economic Community on June 14, 1985, and enacted a decade later, with all nations in the European Union (EU) except the United Kingdom and Ireland joining over the next several years. Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland are among the European countries that have joined but are not members of the EU.

Border checks at the signatories shared borders inside the area have been eliminated, allowing people to travel freely within the territory. It allows residents in border areas to cross borders away from permanent checkpoints and has standardised visa procedures, making it possible to obtain a Schengen Visa for stays of less than 90 days.

What does this mean for visitors to Europe?

It means that the visa process for short visits is reasonably straightforward and uniform, and that once you get a Schengen Visa for one country, such as France, you can automatically travel to other Schengen countries, such as Germany and Italy, on the same visa.

It also means that obtaining a Schengen Visa is relatively standardised, and youll need the same supporting documents to travel to any Schengen state: a passport, passport photographs, a travel itinerary and proof of accommodation, a letter of invitation (if applicable), and proof of means of subsistence. Youll also need travel and medical insurance that covers you for up to €30,000 in expenses and is valid across the Schengen Area, not just the country youre visiting.

List of Schengen Countries

A schengen visa is required for any third national wishing to enter any of the Schengen countries. It could be a short-stay Schengen C-visa for stays of up to 90 days or a national D-visa / residence permit for longer stays in the country.

Additional Schengen Visa Purposes

Schengen Visa for Cultural Activities

Individuals or groups can enter a Schengen country on a Schengen cultural visa for a variety of reasons, including cultural activities, sports, or filmmaking. To get a Schengen cultural visa, both sending and receiving associations must write a letter that clearly describes the objective of the visit.

Visa for Medical Treatment in the Schengen Countries

People who plan to receive medical treatment at a Schengen countries facility are awarded a Schengen medical treatment visa. A Schengen medical treatment visa requires a number of supplementary documents, including proof of payment to a Schengen area-based medical institution, proof of lodging, and a letter of admission from the receiving medical institution.