26 European countries have come together & formed a borderless world.
This is called Schengen Union & if you want to travel in these countries, then only one visa is required which is common for all 26 countries – called Schengen visa.
The 26 countries which are included are listed below.
All above countries have their consulates/embassies office in India. One can apply to any of these countries visas.
Now, most important point is from where you should apply & what the procedures are.
First and foremost you have to form your itinerary & decide which cities & countries you are going to stay.
In case of travel to more than one Schengen country, please submit your application to the Embassy / Consulate where you will be staying for the maximum number of days.
In case of equal stay in two different Schengen countries then, one has to apply at the Schengen country which is the first port of entry.
Please note that holders of a Schengen visa are still subject to immigration control and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries, even though they may hold a valid visa for these countries.
The Schengen visa is granted in the form of a sticker affixed on a passport, a travel document or another valid document which entitles the holder to cross the border.
We repeat that Possession of a Schengen visa does not confer automatic right of entry.
Entry will only be granted if the other conditions laid down by the Schengen Convention are met, i.e. the justification of the purpose and the conditions of the trip and the possession of sufficient funds.
The short-stay visa is the most common Schengen visa.
It entitles travellers, subject to the visa requirement, to enter the territories of the 26 Schengen States to pay a continuous visit or several visits (depending on the number of entries granted by the consulate), the duration of which does not exceed three months (90 days) in any half-year from the date of first entry in the Schengen area. As an example suppose you want to apply for visas from Italy.
In order to apply for a travel visa at the Embassy of Italy, your only destination or your main destination (longest duration of stay) must be Italy.
In the absence of a main destination (e.g. same duration of stay in two or more countries) you should apply at the country of first entry because your passport will show the entry stamp of your first destination only. Same with other countries.
For visas one need to submit proper itinerary & also most important is your actual hotel bookings. It is must that hotel bookings & all other bookings have to be genuine & consulate verifies the same with the hotel, airlines & other.
We strongly suggest that one should apply for Schengen visas only and only after your tour program is fixed & all your hotel bookings confirmed.
Change in program or hotel bookings can have very adverse effect at the time of entry. Be honest and submit the truth that is the most effective policy.
Many times consulate call for the personal interviews to Delhi/Mumbai or takes interview on phone. So please pick up the phone when it comes from consulate/embassy.
Sometimes consulate give conditional visas, in that case you have to appear in person, to the consulate/embassy with your passport and arrival/departure boarding pass after you come back from the tour.
It is our observation that consulates are very sympathetic to genuine travellers, and most important is to disclose each and everything very rightly and truthfully to the consulates.
If you speak truth and if your case is genuine then consulates have all the plus feelings for you. There is great rush in the consulates in season time. Applying early with sufficient buffer in time is a very wise policy.
Otherwise it may happen that you may come into hotel, airline cancellations.
Again in the end we reiterate the followings:
We believe that Schengen visa would not be difficult, if you follow the above.
Have a happy Europe trip!
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