A Schengen Visa is basically a short-stay 'European Visa'. It is required by many nationalities if they wish to travel in the Schengen Area - an area that consists of 26 countries in the European Union.
Some nationalities DO NOT REQUIRE a visa to visit the Schengen Area and their citizens will get 90 days on arrival.
Below is a list of nationalities currently exempt from requiring a Schengen Visa:
If you have a different nationality, then you will need to apply for a Schengen Visa in your country of residence.
If you are currently working or studying full-time in the UK, then you may apply from the UK.
If you require a Schengen Visa and are currently in the UK, then you must check if you're still able to apply for one.
There are some basic rules:
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How much time will it take to get my Schengen Visa?
This can be between 2 – 6 weeks - depending on your nationality and the visa center you use.
How much does a Schengen Visa cost?
Schengen visas cost approximately £70-£80. You will need to pay this in cash during your appointment at the consulate/embassy/visa centre.
Can I get a long Schengen visa so I can travel a lot?
This depends on many things and normally you will only be given the minimum amount of days you require as stated in your application. It also depends on the type of UK Visa you have, your financial position, the embassy, good travel insurance and of course, a clear and easy to understand application with good supporting documents is essential.
What things will I need for my application?
This depends on your circumstances, typically you will need:
Every country has slightly different requirements so we recommend that you check their corresponding websites for more information.
I am under 18 – can I apply by myself?
You can get a Schengen Visa, but you will also need the following in your application:
You may be required to travel with a guardian who is over 18 on tours or flights and staying at hotels.
Original documents that are not in English may need to be officially translated and notorised by your own Embassy as to prove them being genuine.
What happens if my visa is declined?
n the unfortunate event of your visa being declined, you will not receive a refund for your Schengen Visa (£70). If you have purchased other things like flights, hotels and tour packages, then this will depend on their cancellation policies. If you travel with Indigo Travel and applying for a Schengen Visa - we may be able to give you almost a full refund if your visa is declined. Please contact us for more information.