One of the most important step to apply for Schengen visa is collecting the required documents for visa application. The Schengen States have created a list of the required documents for each purpose of entry in this territory and require you to submit them in application process.

In this article, you can find a checklist of the generally required documents to obtain a Schengen Visa, as well as the specific required documents for each visa type. In addition, you will also find a short brief for each requirement and their specifications.

What Documents are Required when Applying for a Schengen Visa?

The following list of documents are required for any short-term Schengen visa application:

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed.
  • Two recently taken photos meet the visa photo requirements.
  • A valid passport
  • Round trip reservation or Flight itinerary.
  • Travel insurance policy. Read more about Schengen Travel Insurance.
  • Proof of accommodation. This can be a hotel/hostel booking, rental agreement, a letter of invitation from a host at whose house you will be staying.
  • Proof of financial means. Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself financially throughout your stay in the Schengen. This can be bank account statement, sponsorship Letter, a combination of your bank account statement and a letter of sponsorship.
  • Proof of paid visa fee. €80 for adults and €45 for children from 6 to 12 years old.

Schengen Visa Requirements According to Applicant’s Employment Status

Along with the generally required documents, there are some specific documents are required to submit from the visa candidates depending on their employment status as well as several additional documents depending upon the type of Schengen visa applied for.

Specific required documents, based on visa applicant’s employment status are as following:

For the applicants are employee:

  • Employment contract.
  • Current bank statement of the latest 6 months.
  • Leave permission from the employer.
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary.

For applicants are self-employed:

  • A copy of your business license.
  • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months.
  • Income Tax Return (ITR).

    For the applicants are students:

  • Proof of enrollment.
  • No objection letter from School or University.

    For the applicants are retirees:

  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months.

For the applicants are unemployed and married to an EU citizen:

  • Confirmation of Employment letter, no older than three months, from their spouse’s employer stating the position held within the company as well as the starting date.
  • Spouse’s valid passport.
  • An official marriage certificate.

What Documents are Required for Schengen Visa for Minors?

The parents / legal guardians of minors applying for a Schengen visa, must submit some extra documents for the underage applicant:

  • The minor’s birth certificate.
  • Application form signed by both parents.
  • Family court order – in cases where only one parent has full custody over the child.
  • Certified copies of ID / passport of both parents.
  • A notarized parental authorization signed by both parents / guardians if the minor will be travelling alone.

Specific Documents Required According to Schengen Visa Type

Apart from all the general mandatory documents, you will need to submit several additional documents depending on the Schengen visa type you are applying for.

Below you will find the information about all the additional documents needed for any type of Schengen visa separately.

Documents Required when Applying for an Airport Transit Visa

  • A valid visa (if needed) for the final country one is travelling to
  • The flight ticket for the final country you are travelling to

Documents Required when Applying for a Visa to Visit Relatives or Friends

  • Affidavit of Support.
  • Travel Itinerary.
  • Means of Subsistence.
  • Letter of Invitation.

Documents Required when Applying for a Tourist Visa

  • Bank statement. Preferably for the last 6 months.
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Travel Itinerary.

Documents Required when Applying for a Business Visa

On the following link you can find the list of required documents to obtain a Business Schengen visa.

Documents Required when Applying for a Training Visa

  • Enrollment certificate. At an eligible institution for the courses one will be attending in the Schengen country.
  • No objection letter. NOC from the educational institution where the visa applicant is currently enrolled (if applicable)

Documents Required when Applying for a Medical Visa

  • A letter from a doctor / clinic / hospital in the home country of the visa candidate, that he or she needs medical treatment.
  • Official confirmation of the treatment/appointment by the receiving medical institution (hospital/clinic) in EU.
  • Proof of financial means.
  • Verbal note from the Ministry of Health of applicant’s home country

Other Travel Purposes

If the purpose of your visa is different than any of those listed above, then you should collect the additional documents listed below, according to your purpose of traveling to Europe.

Documents Required when Travelling to Europe for the Purpose of Studying

  • Two application forms instead of one.
  • Letter of acceptance at an EU University/College/School.
  • Proof of financial means.

Documents Required when Travelling to Europe for the Purpose of Employment

  • Two application forms instead of one.
  • Employment contract.

Documents Required when Travelling for the Purpose of Joining a Spouse Residing in EU

  • Two application forms instead of one.
  • The original certified copy of the marital certificate.
  • A copy of spouse’s passport, if he / she is an EU citizen. If the spouse is not an EU citizen, but only lives in a Schengen country the copy of his/her residency permit is to be submitted as well.

Documents Required when Travelling for the Purpose of Participating in Cultural, Sports or Religious events in Europe

  • Event Information. As i.e. invitation letters, entry tickets, enrollment conditions, detailed programme and other documents that present relevant information about the event.
  • Proof of previous performances. Participation in previous festivals and ceremonies (cultural, religious), sports competitions, winners certificates, proof of world/international ranking (sports).