SCHENGEN TOURIST VISA
Every year, millions of visitors and travellers travel to various regions of the world to see friends and family or simply to enjoy the country’s natural beauty. Depending on the location, the visitor visa is valid for a few months and can be used for single or multiple entries. While you cannot work on a tourist visa, you can travel across the nation for leisure and enjoyment.
We can help you in making the strongest case possible for your visitor visa using our extensive understanding of European immigration rules. The following are some of the services that our team can provide for you:
- Advising you on how to present your case in order to lessen the likelihood of a personal interview
- Offering financial advice
- Assisting you with the preparation of papers to be submitted
- Form completion
- Examining all of your documents
The Tourist Schengen Visa is an EU travel visa that allows you to travel to the 26 countries of the Schengen Area for touristic purposes and stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Schengen Tourist visas are short term visas and are in the C category.
Why to Apply for a Schengen Visa for Tourism?
You only need to apply for a Schengen visa as a tourist if you are a citizen of countries that don’t have a visa liberalization agreement with the EU. The Schengen states have agreed on common rules for issuing short-stay Schengen visas, which are valid within the entire Schengen area.
Here are the documents that you are required to submit when applying for a Schengen Tourist Visa for Europe:
- Schengen Tourist Visa Application Form. The form must be completely filled online, downloaded in two copies and signed at the end.
- Two photographs in line with the Schengen requirements. They should be no more than 6-months old, 35–40mm in width, close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70–80% of the photograph. It should be taken in sharp focus and clear, of high quality and with no ink marks or creases, and according to all of the standards set by ISCO.
- Your valid passport. It should have at least two empty pages in order to affix the visa and be issued within the last ten years. The passport must be valid for another three months beyond the intended stay in the Schengen Area.
- Clear photocopies of the 1st and last page of the passport (biodata).
- Previous passports (if applicable) – if you have more than one old passport, do not staple them, but tie them together with a rubber band instead and hand them along with the other documents.
- Personal covering letter (original) – where you will tell more about the purpose of visiting the EU, the countries you plan to travel to, the dates, where you plan to stay and other details of your trip.
- No Objection Letter. This is a letter from your employer or your school/university which states that you have contractual obligations in your home country and assures the embassy that you will return back to your homeland.
- Travel Health Insurance covering emergency medical, hospitalization and in case of death, repatriation. The Schengen Zone member states have agreed that the minimum cover should be 30.000 EUR, and it must be valid for your entire duration of stay in the whole territory of the Schengen Area.
- Flight reservation – there is no need to buy actual plane tickets. However, the embassy wants you to purchase a flight reservation in order to prove your intended entry and exit dates. One-way tickets are not accepted.
- Proof of accommodation for the entire period of stay in the Schengen Area. If you are staying in a hotel, you must show hotel booking. If you are staying at relatives or friends, they must submit proof that they have enough room for you.
- Proof of financial status. You must show evidence that you possess sufficient funds for the visit, that you will be able to financially maintain yourself during your stay in the Schengen territory. You should be able to prove that through a bank statement of the past three months, which must not be older than three days. The minimum amount required is different in each country, therefore you will have to consult with the relevant consular authority in your country. You should also submit documents to prove your working status.
How to Apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa?
The application for a Tourist Schengen visa will go through these simple steps:
- Fill the Application Form for a Tourist visa to Europe.
- Compile the documents that are required for tourists.
- Schedule an interview.
- Show up at the appointment.
- Provide Biometric Data.
- Pay the fees.
Tourist Schengen Visa Validity
A multiple entry Tourist visa gives the right to its holder to stay within the Schengen territory for 90 days at most, within a period of 180 days, to enter and leave whenever she or he wants to.
In the meantime, single entry and double entry visa holders will have to wait for the embassy or consulate they have applied to decide on its validity after processing all documentation. Sometimes they issue you a Tourist Schengen visa for the amount of time you have sought for, and sometimes for a longer or shorter period.
The embassy not only appoints the number of days you can stay in the Schengen territory, but also the earliest date you can enter and the last date when you can leave. This is all indicated on the visa sticker affixed in your passport.