Say the word Europe. It's the power of one name that evokes an explosion of art, history, beauty, culture, architecture, cuisine, romance, literature... everything you'd want in a vacation spot. Honestly, could anything we say prompt you to book your tickets? (You're probably doing this as we speak). To answer the previous question, though, yes there is more and more about Europe that many are yet to discover. From tiny towns, to entire countries... Europe still has many tricks up her sleeve. It will be our delight to uncover them with you.
Central Europe will grab your heart and refuse to let go. The diversity, history and art are enough to make your head spin. Start your trip through this part of Europe in the gorgeous Germany. Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Nuremberg, Dresden, Cologne, Frankfurt - each city is a delight. The Black Forest, the cultural explosion of Berlin, the glitter of Dresden, the efficient rail system, castles... we'd understand why you'd fall in love. However, the rest of Central Europe is still waiting.
Today, we want you to take a European tour with us - from the remote Faroe Islands in Denmark, to the Champs Elysees in France. Trust us, when we say that none of us have plumbed the depths of Europe Tourism. You may walk away with new places to discover. So, hop on board.
Tourist Schengen Visa
A Tourist Schengen Visa permits third-country nationals to enter the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within a 6-month period, under the purpose of travelling or visiting Europe for pleasure. Non-European citizens willing to travel to Europe for tourism purpose might be required to apply for a short-term Schengen visa under the "tourist" specification. It is advisable to apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa at least 2 weeks prior to the planned trip.
How to Apply for a Tourist Schengen Visa?
To complete your Tourist Schengen visa application successfully, follow these steps:
- Make sure you qualify for a Tourist Schengen Visa. Due to the fact that there are several Schengen visa types, you must make sure that the visa you need is this one.
- 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. You may have to make this appointment online or in person at the embassy/consulate/visa centre.
- Attend the visa interview.
- Pay the tourist visa fee.
- Wait for a response on your visa application.
What Documents are Required When Applying for a Tourist Schengen Visa?
When applying for a Tourist Schengen Visa, you must submit the following documents:
- Visa application form: Fully completed with correct information, printed and signed at the end.
- Two recent photos: Taken within the last three months, in compliance with the Schengen visa photo criteria.
- 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.
- 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 a flight reservation for a tourist visa application.
- 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 AXA Schengen or Europe Assistance.
- Proof of accommodation: Evidence that shows where you will be staying throughout your time in Schengen.
- 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.
- Letter of tour organizer: If you will be travelling with a tour agency.
- Proof of financial means: Evidence that shows you have enough money to support yourself throughout your stay in Schengen.
- Sponsorship Letter: When another person will be financially sponsoring your trip to the Schengen Zone. It is also often called an Affidavit of Support.
- 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.
Tourist Schengen Visa Fee
The Schengen Visa (Adult) costs around EURO 80 fees and Schengen Visa for child between 06-12 years of age costs around EURO 60 of fees.