SCHENGEN COUNTRIES,SCHENGEN VISA IMPORTANCE AND ITS TYPES
SCHENGEN COUNTRIES,SCHENGEN VISA
IMPORTANCE AND ITS TYPES
• Schengen Agreement signed on 14
June 1985, near the town of
• This treaty that led most of the
European countries towards
abolishment of their national borders,
to build a Europe without borders
known as “Schengen Area”
• Initially there were five European
countries France, Germany, Belgium,
Luxemburg, and Netherlands and
now it increased to 26.
• Liechtenstein was the 26th and the
last country so far to sign the
Schengen Agreement and become
part of the Schengen Area.
• Schengen Area, signifies a zone where 26 European countries,
abolished their internal borders, for the free and unrestricted
movement of people, with common rules.
• Schengen Area covers most of the EU countries, except the UK,
Ireland and the countries that are soon to be part of: Romania,
Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus.
• The countries like: Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein
which are not members of EU are also part of the Schengen zone.
Schengen Area– The World’s Largest Visa Free Zone
The 26 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, and Switzerland.
Schengen Area Countries
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia &
Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Kosovo,
Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Romania, Russia,
San Marino, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, The United Kingdom and
Which Are the Non-Schengen Countries in
• Visa application form
• Two recently taken photos must be attached.
• A valid passport
• Round trip reservation or itinerary
• Travel insurance policy.
• Proof of accommodation.
• Proof of financial means.
• Proof of paid visa fee.
• Along with the mentioned generally required documents, Schengen embassies
around the world require some specific documents from the visa candidates
depending on their employment status as well as several additional documents
depending upon the type of Schengen visa applied for.
What Documents are Required when
Applying for a Schengen Visa?
Schengen Visas are mainly classified intro three:
1. Uniform Schengen Visas (USV)
2. Limited territorial validity visas (LTV)
3. National Visas
Schengen Visa Types
• The Uniform Schengen Visa stands for a permit of one of the
Schengen Area Member Countries to transit or reside in the
desired territory for a certain period of time up to the
maximum of 90 days.
• Holder of a Uniform Schengen Visa can travel to these
countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark,
Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,
Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,
the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia,
Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
• According to the purpose of traveling the Uniform Schengen
Visa applies to all of the two categories, “A” and “C”.
Uniform Schengen Visas (USV)
• The national visa of “D” category is
granted to the certain individuals who
are to be studying, working or
permanently residing in one of the
• The national visa can be of a single
entry, granted to the people who are in
need of residing in the Schengen
country for a certain period of time and
for a sole purpose after which they
shall return to their country.
• This type of visa obtained allows
you to travel only in the
Schengen State that has issued
the visa or in some other cases,
in the certain Schengen States
specifically mentioned when
applying for the visa.
• The holder of this type of visa
cannot enter or transit through
any other Schengen country that
is not the first and final
Limited territorial validity visas (LTV)
• “A” category stands for the Airport Transit Visa which allows its
holder to travel through the international zone of the Schengen
country Airport without entering the Schengen Area.
• “C” category stands for a Short-term visa which allows its holder to
reside in a Schengen Area for a certain period of time depending on
the visa validity. This particular category, according to the holder’s
purpose of the travel can be obtained in a form of:
– Single-entry visa,
– Double-entry visa and
– Multiple-entry visa.