With the coming up of Schengen agreement, traveling to European countries has been made easier. A Schengen visa is the document issued by the
appropriate establishments to the applicant for visiting/travelling to and within the Schengen area.
The Schengen area covers 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Out of the 26 countries, 24 countries are a part of the EU (European Union) and other 4 are part of EFTA (European Free Trade Association).
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The concept of free movement between the European Countries is a very longstanding. France and Germany are the two countries which took a pioneer step to initialize free movement between the European countries. On 17 June, 1984, these two countries bring out the framework in front of the European Council in Fontainebleau where they all approved to define required conditions for the free movement of citizens.
Therefore, Schengen agreement is an agreement which covers the gradual abolishing of the internal borders between the countries and an extended control of the external borders.
Schengen area covers the majority of European countries, except for the United Kingdom and Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Ireland. However, the countries like Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein are not a part of EU but still enjoy the free movement policy. The members of Schengen agreement are:
Schengen visa is required by the citizens of those countries who are not a member of the Schengen Agreement and thus are requested a mandatory Schengen visa in order to enter the Schengen zone. However, there are exceptions to this rule, some countries who are not a part of the Schengen agreement yet, can still enter the Schengen zone without having a Schengen visa.
There are different types of Schengen Visa depending upon the nature of the travel which is issued by the designated embassy/consulate
In order to apply for the Schengen Visa for one or more countries, one needs to apply for a Schengen visa at a designated embassy/consulate.
There are some requirements which an applicant has to institute prior to the application. If you are thinking to travel to more than one Schengen country then it’s better to apply at the Embassy/Consulate of the country where you will be staying the most.
Every Schengen country has more or less the same visa requirements in issuing a visa to the applicant. However, a minute difference here and there, depending upon embassy/consulate, documents of the main applicant, and your current economic status. A unified requirement list to apply for the Schengen Visa is listed below:
The Schengen Visa fee is a non-refundable mandatory visa fee. The visa cost may vary depending on the type of visa and age of applicant as well as some other exceptions.
The general visa fee for Schengen visa is as follows:
Schengen visa is your pathway to travel to as many as 26 countries. Hence, you need an experienced consultant to apply for your Schengen Visa. Some steps might be complicated which may result in the cancellation or rejection of your Schengen Visa. You can associate yourself with Aptech Global for your Schengen Visa process, as we provide 100 percent transparent and accurate services.