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Schengen Visa Requirements

When should you apply for a Schengen Visa?

  • ​Visa applications should be filed at least 15 days before the intended visit.

  • On the otherhand, it cannot be filed earlier than 3 months from the start of the intended visit.


What are the requirements for a Schengen Visa?

  1. Duly accomplished Schengen application form

  2. Passport with at least 3 months validity after the applicant's last day in a Schengen state. 

  3. Two (2) recent passport-size ID pictures

  4. Proof of payment for the visa fee

  5. Roundrtip itinerary or reservation indicating the entry and exit dates to and from the Schengen region

  6. Proof of sufficient funds for duration of stay (i.e. bank statement for the past three months)

  7. Travel Medical Insurance with at least EUR 30,000 or equivalent medical coverage + repatriation/evacuation coverages

  8. Accommodation confirmation

    • If staying in a hotel: Hotel reservation .

    • If staying with a relative or friend: Invitation letter from the host together with a copy of his passport or ID. 

  9. For a business trips: official business letter from a company in a Schengen state and from the employer stating the purpose of visit 

    • For conferences: Proof of registration and payment

  10. For children under 18: unabridged birth certificate


Note: The embassy or consulate may require additional documents like proof of employment, etc. They may require an interview also.



Where can you apply for a Schengen Visa?

  • ​It is recommended you to apply at the embassy or consulate of the schengen country where your main destination or which country will you be staying the longest

  • If you are unsure which country you will be staying the longest, you may choose the embassy of your first point of entry