If you are a non-European citizen and you are willing to travel to Europe for tourism purpose then you might need to apply for a short-term Schengen visa under “tourist” specification. You require applying for a Schengen Tourist Visa if your nationality is on the list of nations whose nationals require a Schengen short-stay visa.
What types of documents are required when you apply for a Tourist Schengen Visa?
When you apply for a Tourist Schengen Visa, you should submit the following documents at the time of your Schengen visa appointment:
- Visa application form. It has to be accurately completed with correct information, printed and signed at the end.
- Two recent photographs that have been taken within the last three months, in compliance with the criteria of Schengen visa photo.
- Valid passport. It should be no older than ten years and with a least validity of three months beyond your planned stay in Schengen. It should have at least two blank pages so as to be able to affix the visa sticker.
- Roundtrip reservation or itinerary. There has to be a document that encompasses dates and flight numbers that specify the entry and exit from the Schengen zone.
- There has to be travel Health Insurance too. You should attach the evidence that you have got health insurance that covers medical emergencies with a least of €30,000, for your entire period of stay.
- The evidence of accommodation. Evidence that displays where you will be staying across your time in Schengen. Remember it might be a:
- Hotel or hostel booking. With name, full address, phone and e-mail, for the whole time you are going to be in the Schengen area.
- Rent agreement. In case you have rented a place, in nation you will be staying.
- Letter of tour organizer. In case you are going to be traveling with a tour agency.
- Evidence of financial means. Evidence that displays you have sufficient money to support yourself across your stay in Schengen. This could be a:
- Proper bank account statement.
- Sponsorship Letter. When any other person will be financially sponsoring your trip to the Schengen area. It is even often known as an Affidavit of Support.
- A blend of both.
- Proof of employment status. If you are employed!
- Employment contract,
- Leave permission from the employer
- Income Tax Return
- If you are self-employed:
- A copy of your business license,
- Income Tax Return (ITR)
- Company’s bank statement of the latest 6 months
- If a student:
- Proof of enrolment
- No Objection Letter from your University
- Travel Itinerary. It is a description of your trip to Europe, your motive of travelling,the places are you going to visit in Europe, the time duration and all the personal info.
- For Minors:
- Either birth certificate or proof of adoption / custody decree in cases parents are divorced or death certificate of parent
- Letter of consent from parents, encompassing passport copies of both parents/ legal guardian
Since you have an idea about the documents that you should have to go to Schengen areas, you must check them out before you apply for the visa.