You must apply for a Schengen visa at the Consulate of the nation you intend to visit, or the Consulate of the country where you will spend the most time if you intend to visit more than one Schengen State.

If you want to visit multiple Schengen countries and remain for an equal amount of time in each, you must apply at the Consulate of the country whose external borders you will cross first while entering the Schengen area.

In most cases, you must apply for a visa at the Consulate having territorial jurisdiction in the nation where you lawfully reside. If you have any doubts, for example, if the Schengen State you wish to visit does not have a Consulate in the nation where you live, you should contact the country’s central authorities (Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Immigration Office). You can find out if that Schengen State is represented by another in the country where you live there.

On the list of consular presence and representation, you can see which Consulates are present in your country or which Consulates represent the Schengen State you intend to visit.

The application must be filed to the Consulate at least 15 days before to the proposed voyage and no earlier than six months prior to the intended journeys commencement date. Its possible that you’ll need to make an appointment before submitting your application.

If you match the following criteria, you may be eligible for a free accelerated visa procedure:

  • You are a family member of an EU (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen who is travelling to or residing in a member state other than the one of which he or she is a citizen, and you are accompanying or planned to join the EU/EEA citizen in the Schengen State of destination.
  • If you believe you are eligible for an accelerated visa process, you must provide proof that you meet these requirements when submitting your visa application.
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