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Do Indians need a Schengen visa from India?

Yes, if you are an Indian citizen, you need a visa to enter Europe or any of the Schengen areas. This will allow you to travel to any of the 26 Schengen countries, whether you’re going to work, studying, or enjoying a holiday. However, keep this in mind that it is still up to the border control in each country to decide whom to allow and whom not.

Schengen visit visa details:

The Schengen Visa is a temporary visa for individuals looking to travel to European countries belonging to the Schengen zone. The countries in this zone are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

  • The Schengen tourist visa allows you to stay in Schengen countries for up to 90 days in a 6 months period.
  • You need to apply for the visa to the country you are visiting or to the country where you are spending the greatest number of days or in which you step first if you are spending equal days in all countries.
  • Typically, it takes 2 weeks or less to process the Europe visa but this depends on the embassy.
  • You do not have to go through the hassle of applying for a visa in any of the Schengen countries.

Required Documents for Schengen Tourist Visa Application

An individual cannot stay in Schengen for more than 3 months or 90 days in a period of 6 months per year.

To apply for a Schengen visa, you need to furnish the following documents. 

  • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any;
  • Schengen Visa Application form;
  • 2 recent colour photographs (Photo Specification);
  • Personal Covering letter (For Employed – Plain paper/ For Self-Employed – Company Letterhead);
  • Original updated Bank Statement (last 6 months);
  • Income Tax Returns/Form 16 for last 3 years;
  • Confirmed return flight tickets
  • Hotel reservation.
  • Day wise Itinerary;
  • Travel Insurance (minimum coverage of EUR 30000).

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

No, the Schengen Visa is not available on a visa-on-arrival basis. As an Indian passport holder, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa. 

Yes, you can travel on a Schengen visa to all countries in the Schengen area. However, you always have to apply at your destination country's consulate to travel. 

The application for the Schengen visa in general, is fairly simple and straightforward. However, there are several instances where there is a high possibility of several complications regarding the documentation, as well as the process depending on the type of the visa. As a result, it is highly recommended that you consult a visa agency to help with your application.
The validity of the Schengen visa is dependent on the consular officer processing your application. In fact, the officer will check the strength of your application, the documents and determine the validity. For example, if you have a strong application that suggests that you require to visit the Schengen region for a long period and that you are a frequent traveller, you may even get Schengen visas that are valid for 1 year, 3 years, and even 5 years. However, note that the stay duration is still limited to a maximum of 90 days in a half-year.
No, the Schengen visa is not applicable to the UK, and neither does the country issue a Schengen. As a result, you cannot enter the UK with a Schengen visa. Similarly, you cannot visit the Schengen with just a UK visa (non-EU citizens). The UK, along with Ireland are the two opt-outs from the EU-Schengen agreement.
Schengen visas, similar to the visas for other nations, are rejected for a wide number of reasons. The most common reasons for rejection include - criminal convictions in the past, fake documents, insufficient evidence to prove the purpose of travel, damaged or invalid passport, invalid invitation letter, insufficient financial means, etc.
The answer to this is - partially yes. Nationals of a few countries that include Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, etc can enter Turkey for short term visit if they possess a valid Schengen visa. However, they will still have to obtain a Turkish e-visa that is valid for 1 month.
Yes, even though Switzerland is not a part of the EU, the country has signed the Schengen agreement thereby being a Schengen member. As a result, the nation issues and accepts the Schengen visa. You can, therefore, enter Switzerland with a valid Schengen visa issued by any of the members.

Yes. Croatia, despite not being a member of the Schengen allows entry to visitors who possess a valid Schengen visa. The country has been a member of the EU since 2013 and is on the verge of being a Schengen nation as well. However, the stay cannot be more than 90 days in a 6-month period. Also, you will have to possess a multiple-entry type of Schengen in order to visit.

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