Short Stay Visa
Citizens of a few non-EU countries are required to hold a valid Schengen visa when travelling to the Schengen area. An individual holding a Schengen visa is permitted to travel within the Schengen Area without being subjected to any form of border control for a period of 90 days or less.
The current Schengen member States are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
A Schengen visa has to be obtained from the Mission of the Schengen State, which is the main destination (i.e. where the most nights will be spent) during a single entry to the Schengen Area.
A single entry is considered when an individual enters and stays in the Schengen area without leaving its boundaries, only up to the maximum validity of the visa granted to him/her.
If equal number of nights will be spent in different Schengen States for a single enry to the Schengen Area, then the Schengen visa must be obtained from the Mission of the Schengen State, which will be first entered .
The documentation related to the travel and accommodation must cover the entire itinerary in the Schengen Area; i.e. flight reservation- if applicable should be provided, not only for the travel to and from the Schengen Area, but also for the travel between the different Schengen States, when more than 1 Schengen State will be visited.
Each Schengen visa application must fully comply with the documents required for the respective visa category and can only be submitted at the earliest 3 months (or less) before the intended departure date into the Schengen States.
The acceptance of a Schengen visa application and supporting documents by VFS does not guarantee the issuance of a Schengen visa.
The issuance of a Schengen visa, its validity period, the number of entries and amount of travel days are at the sole discretion of the Mission.
If a visa application is returned by the Mission due to a request for additional documents and/or incorrect information , the applicant must accept responsibility for any delay that may occur in the processing time.
Holders of valid Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon arrival in the Schengen Area and are not necessarily guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries, even though they may hold a valid Schengen visa for these countries.
Following visa categories are considered Short stay visas: