- Who can apply for a Schengen visa?
Any individual is allowed to apply for Schengen visa as long as all the required documentations are in order and has adequate financial means to cover the entire stay expenses in Schengen Zone. It is also necessary to note that the applicant should have a moral ground, avoid providing any misleading information and purpose of the visit should be clearly mentioned as admission into the Schengen country can be rejected on these grounds even after acquiring a valid visa.
- Presently which countries cannot be visited with a Schengen visa?
United Kingdom, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Cyprus are the countries that are not recognized as Schengen countries and hence require a separate visa to enter their borders.
- What is the difference between a single entry and a multiple entry Schengen visa?
A single entry visa permits an individual to enter the Schengen area only once for certain period of time and expires immediately as soon as the visa holder exits the Schengen area even if the visa time period is still valid. With a multiple entry visa, one can travel in and out of the Schengen area until the visa expires.
- Can one travel to more than one Schengen country on the same Schengen visa?
Yes, the main purpose of Schengen visa is free travel without border controls and visas. Once a Schengen visa for a country is issued, the visa lets the holder visit as many countries that fall within the Schengen area.
- How should one decide which Schengen country visa should be acquired if travelling to more than one Schengen country?
In case the applicant is planning to visit multiple Schengen countries, it is recommended to choose the Schengen country where e or she will be staying for more number of days as the main destination for Schengen visa. In case the duration of stay is equal among all Schengen countries included in the travel, then the first port of entry into the Schengen zone should be considered as the main destination while applying for Schengen visa.
- Does a valid Schengen Visa guarantee entry into Schengen Area?
A valid visa does not guarantee an entry into any country as the final authority for deciding whether an individual should be granted entry into the country lies solely with the immigration check officer of that particular country. Hence, in case any doubt or discrepancy is noted by the immigration officer or if the individual poses a threat to public security or is considered as a health hazard, he or she can be denied entry and deported back to home country.
- What documents should be carried while travelling on Schengen visa?
Acquiring of a Schengen visa does not mean that entry into Schengen area is definite. At the immigration check, apart from showing a valid visa, a traveller may have to produce documents requested by the immigration officers that justify and convince them of the purpose of travel, means of survival and that the person is lawfully competent to enter the Schengen zone.
- In case Schengen visa application is denied, will the applicant get the money back?
No. The visa fee is a non-refundable administration fee.
- In the case of a visa application for minor, what are the documents required to be submitted?
In the case of a visa application for minors, the following additional documents will be required:
- Birth certificate
- Application form duly signed by both the parents
- In a situation where one parent has the child’s custody, a family court order has to be attached
- If the minor is travelling alone, a notarized parental authorisation has to be signed either by the parents or the legal guardians
- Can an individual apply for a Schengen visa in a country where he or she is not a resident?
Yes. For those who are applying from a country where they are not residents, a justification stating the reason why the application is made from that country will be sufficient.