Best Guide to Europe Visa

While planning a trip to Europe, there is usually a requirement for a Schengen visa which can usually be obtained by any of the Schengen Area member countries. A Schengen visa allows free to its holder within the whole Schengen Zone up to its validity and period limitations. With a Schengen visa, one can visit any of the twenty-six countries in the Schengen zone which include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland (not E.U), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway (not E.U), Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (not E.U) and Liechtenstein (not E.U).

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There is often a confusion between the countries that are a part of the European union and the ones that are a part of Schengen. Although most countries in EU are a part of Schengen, there are still a few countries that are not included in the Schengen like the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland both of which require a separate visa. It is essential that one starts planning the trip at least 3 months prior to the flight as each embassy has different requirements and can take between 10 days to 2 months in the completion of the process depending on the type of visa required e.g.

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A student visa takes more time to complete the process than a tourist visa. One can download the visa application form online and it is essential that one fills out the entire form honestly and preferably not leaving any questions unanswered. It is essential for the applicant to have a valid passport with at least three months’ validity until the end of your visa’s duration. One must make sure that the passport size photos required for the application must have a full clear face with no accessories and a clear background. Keep extra copies of all the documents required is very important.

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Some of the basic requirements for the submission of the application include a copy of a round trip reserved ticket, a detailed description of the trip, the purpose of travelling and itinerary addressed to the embassy, copies of the hotel or hostel reservations or if staying with a friend/ relative, a detailed formal invitation letter inviting the applicant to their home, (if working) a no objection certificate from the employer and proof of identity (a copy of an authenticated birth certificate). It is highly important to schedule an appointment and carry a copy or a proof of the appointment.

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Once the requirements have been completed, it is important to identify which embassy should one apply through. It is essential that the application is submitted to the embassy that represents the country you will visit or you will stay most days of your travels. The Schengen visa fee is around 60 Euros for a 90-day visa, 35 euros for children between the ages of 6-12 and is free for children under 6 years of age. It is also essential to call the embassy and clear the doubts that emerge anytime during the visa application process to make easy and as smooth as possible.

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