Information Schengen Visa

What is Schengen ?

The Schengen area includes 26 European countries which have decided to remove all internal border controls,
which means that travellers can move freely within the area without having to show their passports.
This area takes its name from the town of Schengen in Luxembourg, where the original agreement was signed.

Which countries are in the Schengen area ?

Austria
Belgium
Czech Rep.
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

Schengen Visa

If you are planning a short stay of up to three months in any six-month period of time in an EU country (incl. France & Schengen area),
you may need a visa, depending on your nationality and on the rules in the country you wish to travel to.
Citizens from certain countries coming to the EU for a short stay may benefit from special visa rules or fast track procedures,
or may not need a visa at all.

Countries whose citizens require visas to enter the Schengen area

A

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Armenia
Azerbaijan

B

Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burma/Myanmar
Burundi

C

Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Congo
Cote d’Ivoire
Cuba

D

Democratic republic of Congo
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic

E-F

Ecuador
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Fiji

G-H

Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Grenada
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti

I-J

India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Jamaica
Jordan

K-L

Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya

M

Madagascar
Malawi
Maldives
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique

N-O

Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Oman

P-Q

Pakistan
Palau
Palestinian authority
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Qatar

R-S

Russia
Rwanda
Samoa
São Tomé and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Sudan
Surinam
Swaziland
Syria

T

Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
The Comoros
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu

U-V-Y-Z

Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe


HOW TO APPLY ?
A Schengen visa must always be applied at the Embassy of the country of your main destination.
If you clearly do not have a main destination and if you are visiting several countries within the trip,
you should apply at the Embassy of the country of your first destination.

Entry conditions to the Schengen area are :
• You must be able to explain why you want to enter the Schengen area and to prove the conditions of your stay.
• You must be able to show that you have sufficient financial means for the duration of the stay and for your return.
• You must not be considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security, public health,…
• You must not have an alert issued in the Schengen Information System for the purposes of refusing entry.

With a Schengen visa you can travel to any or all of the 26 Schengen area countries for the period of validity of your visa.
You do not have to show your passport when crossing borders between countries within the Schengen area.