Schengen Visas – Essential Guides

For travellers with certain citizenships who wish to explore parts of Europe, Schengen visas are required. The reason for the introduction of the Schengen visa zone was to standardise application processes and make travel between member states easier and more cost-effective. If a traveller wishes to visit more than one Schengen members state during their visit, they will only be required to apply for one permit which will allow them entry into each country they have requested.

The current Schengen travel zone is picture on the map below in pink. Some member states are not a part of the EU, whereas some EU countries are not part of the Schengen zone, therefore don’t assume they are one and the same when planning your trip. Always make sure you check the visa requirements for each of your stops as you plan your itinerary.

To find out more about these visa types, the application processes and who is eligible to apply for them, see our blog articles below. We cover everything you need to know in easy to follow steps, from planning your trip to preparing your paperwork. If you still need assistance, or would like us to handle the application process for you, get in touch with our team of visa specialists via live chat, or one of the methods on our Contact Us page.

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Schengen Visa Member States

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Schengen Visa FAQs

  • No, unfortunately not. Once you determine which country you should apply to for your Schengen visa, you will need to find out their specific requirements. You will only have to apply once, however, no matter how many countries you are visiting during your journey.
  • This isn’t possible. Although it allows you to visit several states within the Schengen zone with a single visa, you must still pre-disclose which countries you want entry to before you travel. For example, if you list Austria, Switzerland and Germany on your itinerary, you will not be able to decide to enter France with your visa without making additional arrangements.
  • In most cases, you will need to attend an appointment at an Embassy in person in order to have your visa issued to you.
  • Unfortunately not. The free for applying for your visa is kept as an administration fee by the Embassy.
  • This entirely depends on which country you are applying to. Some Embassies allow you to simply walk in and apply at any time, whereas others will only see you if you have pre-booked an appointment. Check the requirements before you travel to avoid a wasted journey.

  • Yes, you can apply for a Schengen Visa wherever you are currently based, regardless of your residential status.

  • Yes, but there are generally reduced rates for those applying under 12, and children under 6 are free.