Single Visa For Europe

If you came across this page, you probably have already heard of the Visa Free System. It’s a regulations in European Union (EU) that allows you to travel freely inside EU countries. The idea behind is to increase both tourism and business between EU countries.

European Union has simplified its visa policies, and now has a single type of short-stay visa which covers the Schengen Area. It is called E-visa or electronic visa.

Are you looking to visit Europe this year? Do you want to spend as much time as possible seeing multiple countries, without having to deal with the paperwork required to enter and exit each country?

With the single visa, which has been introduced for admission to the Schengen zone in July 2013, you already receive a visa for Germany if you request a residence permit at one of the German representations abroad when entering Germany. By January 2014 all other EU Member States will have obligated themselves to accept this visa.

Single Visa For Europe

Have you ever thought about traveling Europe? If yes, then there is a great chance that you are already looking for information about how to do this as cheap as possible.

INFORMATION ABOUT SCHENGEN VISA

A total of 26 countries form the Schengen Area, which allows the free movement of all Schengen nationals 22 of these countries are European Union members, while the other 4 are part of the EFTA (European Free Trade Association).

Besides the 26 member countries in the Schengen Zone3 microstates are also a part of this area. A Schengen visa also grants entry to the following microstates:

  • The Vatican
  • Monaco
  • San Marino

Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Cyprus are part of the European Union but do not yet form part of the Schengen Agreement. However, ETIAS will also be required to travel to these countries.

Non-European nationals who currently do not need a short-term entry visa to enter the Schengen member states will have to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization. These are the following countries that will require a valid ETIAS upon arrival.

SCHENGEN MEMBER STATES LIST:

Schengen Visa Required

Currently, there are 22 European Union countries that form part of the Schengen Area:

  • EU Schengen
  • Non-EU Schengen States
  • Non-Schengen EU States

Schengen Visa Required

Non-EU Member States:

Schengen Area micro-states

Schengen Visa Non-Required

Non-Schengen EU States

NON-SCHENGEN EUROPEAN UNION MEMBERS

Schengen Visa Non-Required

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

The Republic of Ireland is not part of the Schengen Area. However, there there are several countries whose citizens can enter Ireland without having to apply for a visa. These countries include:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
  • Japan

ROMANIA

Romania is not yet part of the Schengen Area, however, it is a member of the European Union. Foreign nationals who have a Schengen visa can enter Romania for a short-term stay, providing they have met of the requirements.

U.S. citizens do not require a visa to enter Romania for a period of up to 90 days, every 180 days (6 months). Once the ETIAS application is implemented citizens from countries that currently do not need a visa to enter Romania will need to apply for an ETIAS.

BULGARIA

All Schengen visa holders may enter and exit Bulgaria freely. However, there are a few requirements to be met:

  • Eligible country nationals must carry a valid Schengen visa
  • Number of entries and the time in Bulgaria must not exceed that of the Schengen visa
  • Those who have exceeded the number of entries and/or days to remain within the Schengen Area will not be allowed in Bulgaria with that same visa
  • Valid short-term national visa for Ireland, the U.K., Cyprus, Romania or Croatia will not allow its holder to enter Bulgaria

Once the ETIAS travel authorisation system is implemented, citizens from more than 50 countries who do not need a visa for Bulgaria will be required to complete an ETIAS online application.

CROATIA

Croatia is one of the few countries that does not require visas from the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and EU nationals. Currently there are over 50 other countries that can enter and exit Croatia without a visa. As Croatia is part of the ETIAS agreement, this will soon change, and citizens from visa waiver countries will need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization.

CYPRUS

Cyprus does not require citizens from over 50 different countries to apply for a visa before their trip. However, soon they will require an ETIAS travel authorization from all visitors.

ANDORRA

Andorran nationals will not be required to obtain an ETIAS travel authorization to cross the Schengen border.

UNITED KINGDOM: IS THE UK STILL PART OF THE SCHENGEN AREA?

Now that the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union, the ETIAS visa waiver will not be valid to travel to the UK. The European Union has also confirmed UK citizens will need ETIAS to visit Schengen countries.

Currently, third-country travellers should provide proof of sufficient financial means or an official current residential address document at the passport control check. Following is a list of the types of documents that will allow the border control officers to better determine the traveller’s eligibility to cross the British border:

  • Bank statement or an official letter from the applicant’s employer with proof of earnings will help prove the traveller’s financial situation and ability to support themselves while in the U.K.
  • Proof of legal residence such as residential card or a bill with the traveller’s name and address clearly visible
  • Proof of employment or ongoing studies
  • Travellers who are under 18 years of age are advised to provide a birth certificate, as well as a letter from their parents, confirming the reason for the trip such as living arrangements and financial situation. A copy of the parent’s passports may be required

These are the general border crossing regulations for citizens of visa-exempt countries. Similar type of proof is asked of standard visa applicants for the UK. Visitors are advised to contact their local embassies or consulates for further information.

TYPES OF SCHENGEN VISA

A Schengen visa, issued by any of the Schengen member states, authorises its holder to travel freely and cross the internal borders of any European Union Schengen country.

A Schengen visa also grants the right to enter all the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Schengen countries. European Union member countries that are not part of the Schengen Area also grant visa-free entry to third-country nationals, providing they hold a valid Schengen visa and their country has a visa waiver agreement with the given non-Schengen European country that wants to be visited.

There are 3 types of Schengen visas:

1. UNIFORM SCHENGEN VISA (USV)

The Uniform Schengen Visa, issued by Schengen Area member countries, permits a maximum stay of 90 days in a 180 day period. The USV can also be used as a transit visa.

There are 3 subcategories of the Uniform Schengen Visa:

  1. Single-entry visa: This Uniform Schengen Visa allows its holder to enter a Schengen country once for a limited period of time. After the visitor exits the country, the visa expires automatically.
  2. Double-entry visa: The regulations mentioned above also apply to the double-entry visa. The only difference is that a double-entry visa holder can enter a Schengen member state twice. After the second exit (second crossing of an external Schengen border), the visa expires automatically.
  3. Multiple-entry visa: Holders of a multiple-entry visa can enter and exit the Schengen member states any number of times during the validity period. However, their stay may not exceed 90 days for every 6 months, starting from the entry date.

2. LIMITED TERRITORIAL VALIDITY VISA (LTV)

Holders of the LTV may only enter the Schengen member country that has issued the visa. They will not be able to enter any other Schengen countries, unless authorized during the visa application process. Holders of a Limited Territorial Validity Visa cannot enter, nor transit to any other country except the one that issued the visa.

3.NATIONAL VISA

National Visas are granted to individuals who will be studying, working or permanently residing in any of the Schengen Area countries. Under normal circumstances, the National Visa is a single-entry visa for a limited period. This would cover the exact purpose of the applicant’s visa request.

There are certain circumstances that allow travellers to apply for a multi-entry National Visa. Applicants must meet at least 1 of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an international educational program with a maximum length of 1 year, which must be demonstrated through an official document
  • Applying for pedagogical work at a higher research or educational center
  • A professional who is travelling to Europe due to their proficiency in sports, arts or any other profession related to sharing expertise
  • An emergency prevents the applicant from returning to their home country and they are required to remain in the Schengen Area for a specific period of time.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHENGEN TOURIST VISA

Below is a guide on the general requirements for a Schengen Visa. However, it is advisable to consult the local embassy/consulate for further information regarding each application.

  • Complete and sign the ETIAS application form
  • Attach a recent passport-style photo that shows a full, clear, and front view of the applicant’s face with a white or off-white background
  • Passenger’s passport with photocopies of all previous Schengen visas. The passport must have at least 2 blank pages and be valid for a minimum of 3 months
  • Round trip reservations such as hotel/room/flight bookings, together with their identifying reservation numbers. The flight information must clearly indicate the traveler’s entry and exit dates from the Schengen Area
  • Travel health insurance, covering the whole travel period within the Schengen member states
  • Proof of sufficient financial means to support oneself during the trip

SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION PROCESS

Individuals who require a Schengen visa must apply in person at an embassy or consulate of their destination country. If the traveller is intending to visit more than 1 country in the Schengen Area, they should apply for their visa with the nation they will be spending the most time in. If they plan to stay for the same amount of time in each country, they should apply with the first place they will be visiting. Applicants must book an appointment before going to the government office. Most diplomatic missions have the option to book an appointment online. The individual must bring the following to the visa appointment:

  • Completed application form (usually available online)
  • Passport
  • 2 passport-style photos
  • Travel insurance policy
  • Travel itinerary
  • Accommodation booking
  • Proof of financial means

During the interview, applicants will be asked some basic questions about their travel plans. They must then pay the visa fee before submitting their Schengen visa application.

FAQS ABOUT SCHENGEN VISA

  • Do I Need A Visa to Visit Europe?Whether or not you will need a full Schengen visa from a European embassy or simply an ETIAS travel authorization depends entirely on your nationality.Where you are from will determine if you are required to attend an embassy or consulate in your country of origin to obtain a Schengen visa or if you can simply apply online for an ETIAS before traveling. You can see the full list of ETIAS eligible countries to find out if your country has this agreement with Europe to allow its citizens visa-free travel in Europe like those which affect US citizens and Japanese citizens among others.Another deciding factor to make certain you apply for the correct visa for Europe is the length of your intended stay.

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