Are Indians eligible to apply for Schengen Visa?
Have you ever made a plan to visit European countries? If you are planning to visit in the near future, then it is vital for you to know about the 26 European states which are popularly known as Schengen Areas. These areas majorly function as single official powers for international travel purposes with a common policy for visas.
There was a proposal launched as Schengen agreement where, it successfully abolished most of the internal borders of Europe. In 1985, 5 countries of European Union committed to eliminate the internal border controls. This agreement was signed by the Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. Thus, the Schengen Areas or Schengen Zone were emerged.
Later after 5 years, these countries again made a commitment officially to make the agreement implemented; ad in 1995, this has completely come into effect.
What is a Schengen visa?
For migrating to the countries available in the Schengen area, you need to obtain a Schengen visa. The visa is commonly known as a Europe visa. With the visa, you can freely move around the 26 Schengen countries without any checks at internal Schengen borders.
What are the 26 Schengen countries?
The 26 Schengen countries include 22 European Schengen countries and 4 Non-Schengen countries.
|Twenty-two European Schengen countries|
|Four Non-Schengen Countries|
Who are eligible to travel around the Schengen areas?
The people who are having the eligibility to travel around the Schengen zone are:
- Citizens of the Schengen countries.
- People who have received a permanent resident status from the Schengen countries.
- Citizens of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA).
- People belonging from eligible Non-European countries.
- Non-European individuals with a valid Schengen visa.
Who are eligible to travel the Schengen area for up to 90 days?
|Cambodia||Cameroon||Cape Verde||Central African Republic|
|Cote D’ivoire||Cuba||Democratic Republic of Congo||Djibouti|
|Dominican Republic||Ecuador||Egypt||Equatorial Guinea|
|Pakistan||Papua New Guinea||Philippines||Qatar|
|Russia||Rwanda||Sao Tome And Principe||Saudi Arabia|
|Senegal||Sierra Leone||Somalia||South Africa|
|South Sudan||Sri Lanka||Sudan||Suriname|
The citizens belonging to the countries, as mentioned above, are allowed to travel to the Schengen countries. They are allowed to live in the Schengen zone for up to 90 days within 180 days. However, to get considered for this program, they need to fulfill the below-mentioned requirements:
- Need to have a valid passport.
- Should hold a valid Schengen visa.
- Need to have a medical insurance meeting to the Schengen visa insurance requirements.
- Must show documents which prove the purpose and support your travel.
- Need to confirm your return ticket/sufficient funds to purchase a ticket.
Which countries are exempt from having a Schengen visa?
|Albania||Andorra||Antigua and Barbuda|
|Barbados||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Brazil|
|Guatemala||Holy See (Vatican City State)||Honduras|
|Macedonia (FYROM)||Malaysia||Marshall Islands|
|South Korea||St. Kitts and Nevis||St. Lucia|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||Timor-Leste||Tonga|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Tuvalu||Ukraine|
|United Arab Emirates||United States of America||Uruguay|
The countries, as mentioned above, are visa-exempt countries. The citizens from these countries can travel to the Schengen land for a maximum of 90 total days within a 180-day period by fulfilling the below-mentioned requirements:
- You need to have a valid passport.
- Should have documents which support your purpose and state the duration of your stay.
- Must be having enough funds to purchase a return ticket or else can have a return ticket before.
What are the documents needed to support your purpose of travel?
The documents which are needed to prove the purpose of travel changes according to your situation. If your travel is on the purpose of leisure, then, you need to carry documents such as:
- A planned journey of your trip.
- Confirmation details related to tickets, reservations, etc.
- For transit visa; you need to provide visas for the non-Schengen country destination which you are aiming to visit.
If your travel is on the purpose of business, then you need to provide documents such as:
- Provide the invitation received from the Schengen-based company for attending work-related meetings, events, or conferences.
- Prove your work-related communications by providing contracts, payment of invoices, etc.
- Demonstrate your company business activities by delivering accurate annual reports, etc.
- Prove your employment status in the present company by providing contract details, social security contributions, etc.
- If planned to attend any seminars, need to provide the related tickets.
If you are a student:
- Need to provide certificates relating your enrollment at educational institutions.
- Documents related to your enrollment in the classes.
What are the other documents needed for your visa application process?
The documents which are needful to prove your accommodation include:
- Reservation or booking receipts from the confirmed hotels.
- If traveling on a private visit, need to provide an invitation letter from the host.
The documents which are essential to prove your intention to return back to your country or residence include:
- Your complete trip plan details of entry and departure with the date and flight numbers.
- Prove that you are having employment or social security contribution and hence, need to return back to your country.
- Show relevant documents to prove that you hold property in your country.
- Evidence to determine that you have family residing in your home country and you need to return for them.
The documents which support your travel:
- Need to submit past 3 months bank statements.
- Account and credit card statements.
- Traveling checks and cash.
- Employment Certificates.
- Sponsorship proofs and other private accommodation details.
What is the required visa application fee for Schengen visa applicants?
For most visa applicants, there is a need to pay the visa fee while submitting their visa application. The visa fees required for every range of transit and short-stay visas are:
For individuals over 13 years: EUR 60, i.e., about 4, 644 Indian Rupees.
For children in the age group of the 6-12 year: EUR 35, i.e., about 2,709 Indian Rupees.
There is no fee included for children below the age group of 5 years and below.
Also, there are few fee exemptions provided for the Schengen visa applicants of specific criteria’s.
Who are provided exemptions for Schengen Application fees?
The applicants who wish to get application fee exemption to have to fall under the below-mentioned categories:
- Need to be the teacher and students who plan to visit the Schengen land on the purpose of educational training or studying.
- Need to be a researcher from the non-Schengen zone and traveling on purpose to perform researches.
- Need to the family member of the citizens belonging to EU Schengen/EEA, and must fall under the Directive 2004/38.
- Representatives who are below 25 years belonging to a non-profit organization and participating in non-profit events.
Is medical evidence necessary for Schengen visas?
Yes, it is crucial for an individual applying for Schengen visa to show evidence on valid travel insurance (medical). It is according to the Regulation 810/2009 (the Visa Code) that everyone has to prove as having adequate travel medical insurance.
What are the requirements need to be met for travel medical insurance?
Since it is essential to have a travel medical insurance, you need to get an insurance which meets the below requirements:
- You need to insure and it has to cover a minimum of 30,000 Euros.
- Your insurance has to cover the expenses which can arise during medical reasons.
- It should include urgent medical or hospital treatment requirements.
- It should be able to cover the expense if an individual expires.
- Should cover your entire period of stay in the Schengen area countries.
- It should be valid for every Schengen country.
What are the three types of Short-Stay Europe Visas?
There are three types of Short-Stay Europe Visas, these include:
- Airport Transit Visas (Type A):
- Transit Visa (Type B):
- Short Stay or Travel Visa (Type C)
This visa type helps you to connect a flight from one non-Schengen country to another international transit area of a Schengen-located airport. However, the visa type doesn’t allow for leaving the airport or entering any Schengen territory for any reason.
As per the European Union, it is a must for some country citizens to have an airport transit visa. It is essential for them while traveling through an airport in any state of Schengen.
This transit visa allows passing through a Schengen state’s territory from a non-Schengen country visa car or coach. The transit visa can be even necessary if you are traveling through a plane and need to leave the international transit area for entering a territory of Schengen territory. This transit visas can be acquired for one, two, or multiple transits, as far as you spend the time in the Schengen Area more than 5 days.
This visa type is mainly referred as the “Schengen visa”. It is mainly issued on the purpose of tourism as tourist Schengen visa, sporting events and visits with family members or relatives. After acquiring this visa, you can visit more than one Schengen countries for up to 60 days in 6-month period. This visa can be obtained for single entry/double entry/ multiple entries.
What are the other short-stay Europe Visas?
The other short-stay Europe visas include:
- Limited Territorial Validity (LTV):
- Group Visa:
This visa issued on special cases which relate to humanitarian reasons. This visa can be either be applied for a transit or short stay visa based on your duration of stay.
The visa can be issued to people traveling in groups of 5 to 30 people. However, it is even needed to qualify the requirements such as length of the visit less than 30 days. This visa can be obtained by applying as a transit, airport, or short-stay visa.
Which country citizens are required for Airport Transit Visas?
If you plan to travel by an airport within any Schengen state by holding an airport transit visa, then there are few conditions to hold the visa. It can be obtained for a few specific countries.
|The Democratic Republic of the Congo||Eritrea|
However, there are even a few exemptions from obtaining an airport transit visa for these country citizens, if they:
- Have a valid visa which is issued by a Schengen state/EU or member of EEA state, Japan/Canada or the United States.
- Having a residence permit issued by an EU/member of EEA state/ Canada/ Japan/ the United States/ Republic of San Marino or the Principality of Andorra.
- Have a passport which is diplomatic.
- A family member of an EEA or EU or Swiss citizen.
- A flight crew member of a national contracting party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.
Which countries require an airport transit visa while traveling by some Schengen states airports?
The citizens of the below-mentioned countries don’t need an airport transit visa while traveling by the airport of few states of Schengen areas:
|Cameron||Central African Republic||Chad|
What are the general requirements for Multi-entry Schengen visas?
If you wish to get considered for multi-entry Schengen visa, then you need to prove the below-mentioned requirements according to Article 21(5) of Regulation 810/2009 (Visa Code):
- You need to mention why you need the visa by stating your justification.
- You should prove that you have not performed any unlawful activities during your past uniform visas or visas with limited territorial validity.
- Should report your economic situation in your home country.
- Before the visa expires, you need to state why you are in need to leave the territory of the member states.
If you have successfully met all the requirements of the multi-entry Schengen visa, the visa you receive can be expected to be valid for a period between 6 months to 5 years. However, the validity period mainly depends on the State’s regulations and qualifications.
The entire Schengen visa process can be a bit confusing since the each visa types of these areas are having different rules. The visa can be easily issued for few countries, whereas few need to prove a lot of requirements in order to qualify for the visa type. The complete process can be a bit troublesome if you plan to process it alone. It will be easier to process, if you are getting assistance from experienced immigration consultants or immigration lawyers.
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