How To Get A Tourist Schengen Visa

How To Get A Tourist Schengen Visa

A Schengen visa application must be submitted to the consulate of the Schengen State(s) you want to visit or, if you plan to visit more than one Schengen State, to the consulate of the Schengen State(s) where you will spend the longest duration of time.

If you plan to visit more than one Schengen country, then you will apply at the embassy or the consulate of the country where you want to spend more time or in. If you want to spend equal time in all of the countries, then you will apply at the embassy where you will enter first.

It would be helpful if you went to the embassy or consulate with territorial competence for your country of residence. You should contact the central authorities (ministry of foreign affairs or immigration office) of the country in case you get any doubt that there is no consulate or embassy of the schengen state that you want to visit.

You can find out what Consulates are in your country or what Consulates serve the Schengen State you want to visit.

Schengen Visa Documents Requirements For Tourists

  1. A passport that is valid for foreign travel (its expiration date must be at least three months after the end of the proposed trip), plus two copies of any pages that have been used, plus two copies of your national identification card, plus two copies of any pages that were used in your previous passport (if you have one).
  2. A filled visa application form with passport-sized photographs. Photographs must have been taken in the last six months.
  3. An invitation letter from the travel agency with verifiable references.
  4. Valid Documents showing proof of employment and authorization of leave.
  5. Flight itinerary for visa application, as the embassy will ask you for this during your interview.
  6. A briefly written cover letter, no more than 2 pages. Must explain the reason for your purpose, duration, and travel dates.
  7. A valid travel medical insurance. Travel Insurance Document with the amount insured must be at least 30,000 EUR. Insurance has to cover the whole Schengen territory and the whole duration of the vacation in Schengen territory.
  8. Proof of accommodation can be a hotel/hostel reservation or invitation from a friend or family living in the Schengen state.
  9. No Objection Letter. In this letter, your business or educational institution reassures the embassy that you will fulfil your contractual responsibilities and return to your home country.
  10. Evidence of sufficient means. If you want to visit the Schengen area, you’ll need to provide proofs that you have enough money to support yourself there. 

Necessary More Documents

You should be able to show this with a recent bank statement (within the last three days) showing that you have sufficient funds to pay the bill. Check with the appropriate consular body in your country to learn the bare minimum amount required. You should also provide proof of your employment status. 

You can submit the following papers as proof of your financial status.

  1. Credit card + 1 copy
  2. Personal salary slips (12 months)
  3. Personal bank account statements (6 months)


When necessary, more documents may request. Even with all paperwork in order, visa approval is no guarantee. You must start the application procedure four weeks before your planned departure date. A minimum of four weeks before departure require for application submission.

Schengen Visa Fee

The price, which must be paid when the visa application is submitted, is EUR 80 for adults. Alternatively, a child under 12 who is applying for a visa must pay EUR 40. There is no visa fee for the children under the age of 6.

Important Note

Applicants expect to supply exhaustive documentation of their personal histories. Including evidence of family ties to the country of origin, regular income. Stable source of all revenues from the applicant and their partner, proof of property, etc. A minimum of four weeks before departure is required for application submission.

This is essential to judge correctly the intention of the applicant to leave the Schengen state before visa expiration. One of the great ways to get a dummy flight booking for Schengen visa and hotel booking is to use online travel agencies.

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