Schengen Visa: Step-by-Step Application Process

The Schengen visa is granted in the form of a sticker affixed on a passport, a travel document or another valid document which entitles the holder to cross the border. Possession of a Schengen visa does not confer automatic right of entry. Entry will only be granted if the other conditions laid down by the Schengen Convention are met, i.e. the justification of the purpose and the conditions of the trip and the possession of sufficient funds. 

Note: Citizens of certain countries may not require visa.

Quick Facts about Schengen Visa

  Schengen visa is also known as short term visa.
  Schengen visa is subject to approval. You must apply and get the Schengen visa stamped in your passport.
  Tourist visa is granted for a specific purpose only, like tourism, medical treatment, etc. Person entering the Denmark or Schengen Territory on Schengen visa should not be involved in Long term study, or work.


How to get Schengen Visa?


Getting a Schengen visa to Denmark is subject to approval. Each applicant must have a valid passport, submit the application form, pay the fee, and wait for the decision.

Following is the visitor visa application and stamping process for Schengen visa from Ecuador.

Step 1 : Understand Schengen Visa and Denmark Embassy’s representation in Bolivia

  You will know what is Schengen Visa
  Which Schengen countries visas are processed by Denmark Embassy in Bolivia

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Step 2 : Check if you need a visa?

  You will know which country’s citizen don’t need or need a visa
  When to apply for the visa

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Step 3 : Complete visa application form and other requisite forms

  You will know how to complete application forms
  What are other supplementary forms you may need to fill? This is based solely on the purpose of your visit.
  Travelling to Green land and Faroe Island

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Step 4 : Arrange photographs as per the specifications

The photographs must meet the following requirements:

  Color photographs
  Light background
  Taken up close
  Well lit
  Taken straight on
  Up-to-date
  Without headgear
  Without sunglasses
  Hair tucked behind ears
  Photograph should measure 35 mm x 45 mm (1 3/8 x 1 ¾ inch)
  Height of head should measure 70 - 80 percent of height of photograph or 32 mm – 36 mm (1 2/8 to 1 ½ inch)

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Step 5 : Arrange requisite documents to support your visa application

  Document checklist for Business Visa
  Documents checklist for Tourist visa
  Document checklist for countries : Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Norway

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Step 6 : Book an appointment with the visa application centre

  How to book an appointment with the visa application centre
  How to cancel an appointment
  How to reschedule an appointment

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Step 7 : Submit the visa application, pay fees and give biometrics at the visa application centre

  When you should visit the visa application centre to submit your visa application
  Security regulation
  Submission of visa fee and supporting documents
  Post submission process

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Step 8 : Track your visa application

  Know how to track your visa application after submission with visa application centre
  SMS tracking method

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Step 9 : Collect your passport

  Know who can collect your passport
  What documents are need to collect the passport from the visa application Centre
  What to do if you have lost documents required to collect the passport
  What if you don’t collect your passport within 30 days from the date visa application centre receives the passport from embassy

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What is a Schengen visa?

The Schengen visa is granted in the form of a sticker affixed on a passport, a travel document or another valid document which entitles the holder to cross the border. Possession of a Schengen visa does not confer automatic right of entry. Entry will only be granted if the other conditions laid down by the Schengen Convention are met, i.e. the justification of the purpose and the conditions of the trip and the possession of sufficient funds.

A Schengen visa is issued for the purpose of a short stay (up to 90 days within a six months period) in a Schengen country.

A Schengen visa is valid for the entire Schengen area (see the list of Schengen states here).

A Schengen visa is not valid for the Faroe Islands or Greenland. If you will be travelling to either of these destinations you will need to have a Schengen visa issued by the Danish Embassy marked “Valid for the Faroe Islands” or “Valid for Greenland”. Denmark Embassy in Bolivia processes applications for Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Please note that a holder of a Schengen visa will still be subject to immigration control upon arrival and is as such not guaranteed entry into the Schengen area.

A Schengen visa does not allow you to take up employment in the Schengen area

The name ‘Schengen’ is pronounced as ‘shen-gen’ originates from a small town in Luxembourg where the original treaty was signed.

Schengen Countries and Territories

The Schengen Area comprises the territories of 26 European countries that have implemented the Schengen Agreement signed in the town of Schengen, Luxembourg in 1985. There are currently 26 Schengen countries.

Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain implemented the agreement in 1995. They were followed by Italy and Austria in 1997, Greece in 2000, and Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland in 2001.
Nine more members joined in 2007; they are the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Switzerland implemented the agreement on 12 December 2008.

The UK and Ireland have opted out of the Schengen Agreement. The UK wants to maintain its own borders, and Ireland prefers to preserve its free movement arrangement with the UK - called the Common Travel Area – rather than join the Schengen Agreement.

The complete list of Schengen countries 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 Switzerland        

Denmark Embassy Representation in Bolivia

  Iceland
Note: Denmark Embassy in La Paz – Bolivia, also processes application for the below stated destinations:
  Greenland and;
  Faroe Island.