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A Tourist Schengen Visa permits third-country nationals enter into the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within a 6-month period, under the purpose of traveling or visiting Europe for pleasure. Non-European citizens willing to travel to Europe for tourism purposes might be required to apply for a short-term Schengen visa under “tourist” specification.

The Schengen Visa offers you to visit any number of countries within the Schengen zone during the same validity period. The 26 Schengen countries include 22 European Schengen countries and 4 Non-Schengen countries.

22 European Schengen Countries

                Austria

         Belgium

        Czech Republic

        Denmark

               Estonia

         Finland

                France

        Germany

                Greece

         Hungary

                 Italy 

           Latvia

              Lithuania

            Malta

            Netherlands

           Poland

              Portugal

           Spain

                Slovakia

          Slovenia

                                          Sweden

4 Non-Schengen Countries

          Iceland

           Spain

           Norway

       Switzerland

Types of Schengen visit visas

There are 3 main types of Europe visas:
  • Short stay or Travel visa (Type C)
  • Airport Transit Visas (Type A)
  • Transit Visa (Type B)
    This visa type is mainly referred to as the “Schengen Visa”. It is mainly issued on the purpose of tourism as a Schengen Visa. It is also issued for sporting events and visits with family members or relatives.
After acquiring this visa, you can visit more than one Schengen country for up to 60 days in a 6-month period. This visa can be obtained for single-entry/double-entry/multiple entries.

Eligibility Criteria

They are allowed to live in the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days within 180 days.

The eligibility requirements of a Schengen visit visa are:

  • Need to have a valid passport.
  • Should hold a valid Schengen Visa.
  • Need to have a medical insurance meeting to meet the Schengen Visa insurance requirements.
  • Must show documents that prove the purpose and support your travel.
  • Need to confirm your return ticket/sufficient funds to purchase a ticket.

Documents Required

When applying for a Tourist Schengen Visa, you must submit the following documents:

  • Visa Application Form
  • 2 Recent Passport-Size Photos
  • Your Valid Passport Itinerary or Round-Trip Flight Reservation
  • Travel Health Insurance
  • Proof of Accommodation
  • Proof of Financial Means
  • Proof of Payment of Visa Fees
    EU Schengen embassies or consulates across the world require some specific additional documents from visa applicants depending upon their status and the type of Schengen Visa applied for.

Applying Process

To complete your Tourist Schengen visa application successfully, follow these steps:

  • Make sure you qualify for a Tourist Schengen Visa
  • Find out which Schengen Visa type you require
  • Find out where you need to apply.
  • Figure out the best time to lodge your tourist visa application.
  • Collect the required documents for a Tourist Schengen Visa.
  • Make an appointment at the embassy of your destination country
  • Attend the visa interview.
  • Pay the tourist visa fees
  • Wait for a response on your visa application.

Cost of Applying for Schengen Visit Visas

The cost of a Schengen visitor visa depends on the below category of the applicant:

                          Schengen Visa Category

Fee in EUR

Fee in USD

                                                              Adult

          80€

          90$

                                   Child between 6 – 12 years of Age

          40€

          45$

                                         Child below 6 years of Age

          Free

          Free

Holders of diplomatic, official or service  passports traveling for official  purposes

          Free

          Free

                                          Family member of a EU/EEA national

          Free

          Free

                                    Pupils, students and accompanying teachers 

          Free

          Free

                              Researchers traveling to perform scientific research

          Free

          Free

                                 Nationals from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia.

          35€

          39$

Processing Time for Visit Visa

It is advisable to apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa at least 2 weeks prior to the planned trip. The Embassy Consulate will then reply in 10 working days as common (or less as usually occurs), the time taken to proceed all the documentation and the travelers request. Depending on the situation, proceeding time might take up to two months if there is something extraordinary with the individual case or any unusual political situation is on the go.

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