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Tourist Schengen visa is a short stay visa which permits third-country nationals enter into the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within a 6-month period, with the purpose of traveling or visiting Europe for pleasure. With this visa, tourist can travel around Schengen zone during visa’s validity time.

Required Documents of Tourist Schengen Visa

Like other type of visas, to apply for a Tourist Schengen visa you must prepare many required documents including:

  1. Visa application form. Fully completed with correct information, printed and signed at the end.
  2. Two recent photos. Taken within the last three months, in compliance with the Schengen visa photo criteria.
  3. Valid passport. No older than ten years and with a minimum validity of three months beyond your planned stay in Schengen. It must have at least two blank pages in order to be able to affix the visa sticker.
  4. Roundtrip reservation or itinerary. A document that includes dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area. Find out how to get flight reservation for tourist visa application.
  5. Travel Health Insurance. Evidence that you have purchased health insurance that covers medical emergencies with a minimum of €30,000, for your whole period of stay. The Insurance policy can easily be purchased online from Europ Assistance or AXA Schengen.
  6. Proof of accommodation. Evidence that shows where you will be staying throughout your time in Schengen. This could be a:
  • Hotel/hostel booking. With name, complete address, phone and e-mail, for the entire time you will be in the Schengen area.
  • Rent agreement. If you have rented a place, in the country you will be staying.
  1. Letter of tour organizer. If you will be traveling with a tour agency.
  2. Proof of financial means. Evidence that shows you have enough money to support yourself throughout your stay in Schengen. This could be a:
  •  Bank account statement.
  •  Sponsorship Letter. When another person will be financially sponsoring your trip to the Schengen Zone. It is also often called as an Affidavit of Support.
  •  A combination of both.
  1. Evidence of employment status.

    If employed:

  •   Employment contract,
  •   Leave permission from the employer
  •   Income Tax Return

    If self-employed:

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

    If a student:

  •     Proof of enrollment &
  •     No Objection Letter from University
  1. Travel Itinerary. A description of your trip to Europe, your purpose of travelling, which places are you going to visit in Europe, the time frame and all the personal data.
  2. For Minors:
  •     Either birth certificate / proof of adoption / custody decree if parents are divorced / death certificate of parent
  •     Letter of consent from parents, including passport copies of both parents/ legal guardian

How to Apply for a Tourist Schengen Visa?

To apply for a Tourist Schengen visa, you should follow these steps:

    Step 1: Make sure you qualify for a Tourist Schengen Visa. Due to the fact that there are a several Schengen visa types, you must make sure that the visa you need is this one.

    Step 2: Find out the nearest place where you can apply this visa.

    Step 3: Figure out the best time to subimit your tourist visa application.

    Step 4: Gather the required documents for a Tourist Schengen Visa.

   Step 5:  Make an appointment at the embassy of your destination country. You may have to make this appointment online or in-person at the embassy / consulate / visa center.

    Step 6: Attend the visa interview.

    Step 7: Pay the tourist visa fee.

    After finishing the steps following instruction. You will need to wait for a response on your visa application. It will take time depending on your case.

Tourist Schengen Visa Processing Time

As common, it will take 10 days for tourist Schengen Visa process. It is recommended to apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa at least 15 days prior to the planned trip. Depending on the situation, it may take up to 2 months if there is any problem with individual case or unusual political situation during process.

Tourist Schengen Visa Validity

The tourist Schengen visa is commonly valid for stays no more than 90 days. If you want to travel to many other Schengen countries or travel many times, remember to choose “multiple entry” visa when filling in application form. This type of Schengen visa can be extended but only in some special situation such as late entry, humanity reasons, Force Majeure or important personal reasons.

Where to apply for Tourist Schengen visa?

You can apply Tourist Schengen Visa at the embassy/consulate/authorized visa center of your destination country. However, depending on your purpose of visit you can apply at two main following places:

  • When visiting only one Schengen state, submit your application at the embassy / consulate / visa center of that country.
  • When visiting more than two Schengen states, submit your application at the embassy / consulate / visa center of the country in which you will be spending more days or the country in which you will step in first, since you plan to spend an equal amount of days in each.