Information Schengen Visa
What is Schengen ?
The Schengen Agreement (takes its name from the town of Schengen in Luxembourg, where the original agreement was signed) is a treaty which led to the creation of Europe’s Schengen Area.
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.
Which countries are in the Schengen area ?
Austria ; Belgium ; Czech Republic ; Denmark ; Estonia ; Finland ; France and Monaco ; Germany ; Greece ; Hungary ; Iceland ; Italy ; Latvia ; Liechtenstein ; Lithuania ; Luxembourg ; Malta ; Netherlands ; Norway ; Poland ; Portugal ; Slovakia ; Slovenia ; Spain ; Sweden ; Switzerland.
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.
NATIONALS OF COUNTRIES LISTED BELOW need a visa TO ENTER FRANCE & THE SCHENGEN AREA.
It must be applied for from the relevant French embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of residence (see bottom of page).
Central African Republic
Democratic republic of Congo
Papua New Guinea
São Tomé and Principe
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
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.