Schengen Visit Visa

The Schengen visa

A Schengen visa is a short stay visa allowing its holder to circulate in the Schengen area.  The Schengen area covers 26 countries (“Schengen States”) without border controls between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

A Schengen visa is an authorisation issued by a Schengen State with a view to:

  • transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period (“short stay visa”),
  • transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States (“airport transit visa”).


Business/professional Political, scientific, cultural, sports, religious event Family visit Other (Please specify) 3.2. For which purpose(s)? * (between 1 and 200 characters) 3.3. Did you find it difficult to decide where to make a visa application if you wanted to travel to more than one Schengen State during the same trip (e.g. to attend a conference in one Schengen State and to visit friends.

Where and how to apply

period. If you intend to visit several Schengen States and the stays will be of equal length, you must apply at the Consulate of the country whose external borders you will cross first when entering the Schengen area. As a general rule, you must apply for a visa at the Consulate with territorial competence for the country in which you legally reside.


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in 2017, SIS is the most widely used information-sharing system for border management and security in EuropeVisa Information System (VIS) Exchange of information on EU visas between Schengen Members To whom does it apply? Non-EU nationals requiring an EU visa Upcoming improvements A revision of VIS was proposed on 16 May 2018