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Key facts

  • The Europe’s Schengen area has 26 member states – Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
  • If you wish to travel to Europe or the Schengen Area, you have to apply for a short-term Schengen tourist visa. Depending on the type of your visa, you will be allowed to enter once (single entry) or multiple times (multiple entry), and obtain a stay for no longer than 3 months.
  • The processing time for your Schengen Visa is approximately 10 – 15 working days.

Documents required

Standard applications

  • Schengen visa application form, duly filled and signed
  • Recent passport-size colour photograph taken against a white background with matte-finish, size (35mm x 45mm with 80% face close up)
  • Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months after departure, with at least two blank pages
  • Ticket itinerary with hotel reservation
  • Medical insurance policy, covering expenses up to 30,000 Euros
  • Bank statements for the last 6 months or an original ‘official affidavit of support’
  • Purpose of the visit and duration of travel mentioned in a letter
  • Income tax returns for the past 3 years
  • Appointment letter and reference letter from your employer if you are employed
  • Proof of legal entity, bank statements and tax returns if you are self-employed

Additional documents

If the applicant is employed

  • Salary Slip, etc

If the applicant is a company owner or self-employed

  • Certificate of registration of the company
  • Covering letter on letter head