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Schengen Visa (Visa C)

Overview

A Schengen visa is valid for 26 Schengen member states and is for short stay for a maximum period of ninety days within a six months period. A Schengen visa allows the holder to travel freely across the Schengen member states.

The following 26 countries have implemented the Schengen Agreement: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The visa application cannot be submitted more than 6 months prior to departure and has to be lodged not later than 15 calendar days before the intended start of the trip. Otherwise the application is inadmissible.

DO YOU NEED A SCHENGEN VISA?

ALPHABETICAL ORDER COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SCHENGEN MEMBER STATES WITHOUT A VISA FOR A STAY UP TO NINETY DAYS
A Albania (only holders of biometric passports ), Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria
B Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina (only holders of biometric), Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria
C Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic
D Denmark, Dominica
E El Salvador, Estonia
F Finland, France
G Georgio, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala
H Honduras, Hong Kong (only Special Administrative Region), Hungary
I Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy
J Japan
K Kiribati
L Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
M Macao (only Special Administrative Region), Macedonia (only holders of biometric passports), Malaysia, Marshall IslandsMalta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova (only for holders of biometric passports), Monaco, Montenegro (only holders of biometric passports),
N Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway
P Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal
R Romania
S Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon island, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
T Taiwan (Only citizens with a passport issued by Taiwan which contains an identity card number are exempt from the visa requirement. The same applies to citizens with old Taiwanese passports with ‘Republic of China’ on the front page, if the stated place of birth is Taiwan and the passport contains an identity card number), Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu
U Ukraine (only holders of biometric passports), United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay,
V Vanuatu, Vatican (Holy See), Venezuela

 

Applications are processed in the order of receipt. Processing usually takes 15 business days from receipt by the Embassy of a complete application. If further checks are necessary, the processing time may increase to 45 calendar days. This estimate excludes the shipping of applications to the Embassy and the return of passports to applicants. The Embassy does NOT provide status updates on visa applications.

Visa Fees


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Documents Required

Important: You will need to complete the Registration Process first. You cannot submit only the application form and or checklist. Review the steps to apply carefully to ensure you submit a completed application set.

Document Checklist

Application for Schengen Visa (Visa C)

Photo Specifications

Photo1

Please provide one recent (not older than 6 months) colour photograph of yourself, meeting the following requirements:

  • Taken against a plain light (white or off-white) background so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background

  • Clear quality and with the face in focus

  • Full face: non-smiling, no sunglasses, no hat/cap or any head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of his/her religious belief or ethnic background

  • Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print)

Photograph attached (glued) to the Visa Application Form

If the photographs presented do not meet these requirements (see examples here), then the visa application will be considered incomplete and applicant will be asked to take new photographs in the photo booth in the visa application centre.

Processing Time

Applications are processed in the order of receipt. Processing usually takes 15 business days from receipt by the Embassy of a complete application. If further checks are necessary, the processing time may increase to 45 calendar days. This estimate excludes the shipping of applications to the Embassy and the return of passports to applicants. The Embassy does NOT provide status updates on visa applications.

The visa application cannot be submitted more than 6 months prior to departure and has to be lodged not later than 15 calendar days before the intended start of the trip. Otherwise the application is inadmissible.

PROCESSING TIMES BASED ON NATIONALITY OF APPLICANTS

Processing times for applicants of the following countries may take a minimum of 3 weeks. Please be aware that the processing time can take longer in certain cases.

Afghanistan Algeria Bangladesh Democratic Republic
of Congo
Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea
Egypt Ghana Indonesia
Iraq Iran Jordan Kazakhstan
Lebanon Libya Liberia Mali
Morocco Mauritania Niger Nigeria
Pakistan Palestine Philippines Ruanda
Saudi Arabia Somalia Sri Lanka Sudan (North Sudan)
South Sudan Syria Togo Tunisia
Yemen - - -

Furthermore applicants need to consider that VFS/Mission’s closures and holidays (see Public Holidays/Closures) may extend the visa application processing time.

Applicants submitting their visa application in our satellite centre in Miami and Houston TX, need to calculate 2 extra days to their minimum processing time as their visa application will first be dispatched to the Embassy of Austria.

The Mission may always request for additional information/documents or invite applicants for an interview during the visa application process and this may cause delays in the visa process, which applicants accept responsibility for.