Schengen Tourist Visa – Traveling to Europe for Tourism
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.
Who needs a Tourist Schengen Visa When Traveling to Europe for Tourism?
Non-European citizens willing to travel to Europe for tourism purposes might be required to apply for a short-term Schengen visa under the “tourist” specification.
You need to apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa if your nationality is on the list of countries whose nationals need a Schengen short-stay visa.
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.
- Roundtrip reservation or itinerary. A document that includes dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area.
- 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.
- 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.
- Proof of financial means. Evidence that shows you have enough money to support yourself throughout your stay in Schengen.
- Bank account statement.
- Sponsorship Letter. When another person will be financially sponsoring your trip to the Schengen Zone.
- A combination of both.
- Evidence of employment status.
- If employed:
- Employment contract,
- Leave permission from the employer
- Income Tax Return
- If self-employed:
- A copy of your business license,
- Company’s bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Income Tax Return (ITR)
- If a student:
- Proof of enrollment &
- No Objection Letter from University
- 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.
- For Minors:
- Either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced / death certificate of parent
- Letter of consent from parents, including passport copies of both parents/ legal guardian