Documents Required

Documents required for your Schengen Visa

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

Visa Application Form
Completed in full and signed by the applicant.
Two recent Photographs

Less than 3 months old.

A Valid Passport
Passport should be valid for at least three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Schengen area. Older passports with visas on them if applicable.
Round Trip Reservation or Itinerary
It is essential these include dates and flight numbers specifying your entry and exit from the Schengen area.
Travel Insurance Policy
Evidence you have travel health insurance for the whole Schengen territory, with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros in case of any medical emergency as illnesses, accidents and even repatriation in case of death.
Proof of Accomadation
A document confirming where you will be accommodated during your stay in Schengen. For example a hotel/hostel booking or rental agreement or a letter of invitation from the host at whose house you will be staying.
Proof of Financial Means

Evidence you have funds to financially support yourself throughout your stay in the Schengen. These can be one of the following:

  • Bank account statement – evidencing enough money in your account for the trip. The bank statement needs to be less than three months old.
  • Sponsorship Letter – a letter from someone who confirms they will be financially supporting your trip to the Schengen. In order for this letter to be valid, it must be accompanied by the bank statement of the sponsor, again, less than three months old.
  • A combination of your bank account statement.
  • Proof of Employment
  • Proof of Income – employment/student letter dated within the last three months.

The above is not an exhaustive list, requirements change dependant on individual circumstances. Our service includes a consultation with you to ensure we have covered most instances to avoid any delays to your application.

Processing Times

Most Schengen Visa applications are usually processed within 7-8 business/working days. You can apply for your Schengen Visa up to three months before you travel which is highly recommended if you are travelling over a holiday season.

Please note, it can take slightly longer for Visa applications to be processed for certain nationalities, please refer to the list:

  • Afghanistan
  • Colombia
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Somalia
  • Algeria
  • Congo (Zaire)
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Sudan
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • Lebanon
  • Palestine
  • Surnam
  • Belarusian
  • Indonesia
  • Libya
  • Philippines
  • Syria
  • Belize
  • Iran
  • Myanmar
  • Qatar
  • Vietnam
  • Burma
  • Iraq
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Yemen
  • Burundi
  • Jordan
  • Niger
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Zimbabwe

If you require further information or have additional queries, please contact Visa Made Simple in the first instance on 

020 8220 5325

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