Don’t get your Schengen visa refused – Download the Schengen Visa Application Guide and increase your chances of having your visa granted first time and avoid expensive holiday re-booking fees
Ryan Smethurst – August 2013
Dear Friend and Schengen visa applicant
You have found this site because you want to find out some aspect of obtaining a Schengen visa. Obtaining a Schengen visa can be a nightmare at the best of times – you need to obtain a ton of forms for your application and jump through hoops for the embassy but there is always a nagging feeling that the embassy has not informed you of ALL the requirements. Yes, believe me they deliberately leave things out and if they have outsourced their visa application processing to some another company then good luck to you as these quys won’t be able to answer any questions that you may have.
Back in 2010 I had my travel plans ground to a halt after my Schengen visa was denied and I don’t want this to happen to you so I have developed this guide to help you obtain the Schengen visa the first time you apply.
Fantastic guide. I recently downloaded before I went to Spain and found the guide comprehensive. I honestly believe I would have been refused a Schengen visa if I didn’t follow the advice in this guide.
Gary, South African
I wish the embassies will provide this information on their websites. Money well spent considering we would have lost hundreds of pounds if our Schengen visa was refused.
My Schengen visa application nightmare:
My fiancé and I spent weeks planning a holiday to Spain, we spend hours on the itinerary, researching accommodation, logistics and so on.
We applied for a Schengen visa via VFS Global, the company the Spanish Consulate (one of many) has outsourced its visa application process to. We completed our visa application form and gathered the required documents and paid the non-refundable visa application fee of £75.
Booking our flights and accommodation to Spain was a pre-requisite before applying for a Schengen visa. A week before our departure we went to collect our passports only to find out that our visas had both been refused. Time constraints meant we were unable to reapply and the money spent on the visa application fee and flights (over £350) was money wasted.
Fortunately we were able to cancel our accommodation without incurring further costs. At no point could anyone at the visa processing centre tell us why our application had been refused. After some research and many phone calls later we found out that we had insufficient funds in our accounts at the time of the application. (You need at least £50 in your account per day that you intend to stay in the Schengen country). This information wasn’t displayed anywhere on the Spanish Consulate website or the visa application centre’s website.
It was then that I decided that enough is enough. Schengen countries make one jump through many hoops before granting entry, when face it, many counties (like Spain, Greece, Portugal etc) could do with boosting tourism. It’s not asking too much for applicants to be provided a comprehensive list of requirements on their websites? That’s when I teamed up with the Schengen Visa Organization and worked with them to put together the most comprehensive up-to-date Schengen Visa Application guide available on the internet today.
Thousands of Schengen visa applications are refused each year
Thousands of Schengen visa applications are refused each year simply because the application form is completed incorrectly, not enough financial evidence is provided or incorrect documents are provided with the application.
Don’t waste money applying for a Schengen visa before you know all the requirements.
Step by step application guide
Schengen Visas Org has put together a Schengen Visa Application Guide which is a step-by-step guide to help you obtain your own Schengen visa without the need for an expensive travel agent or Schengen visa specialist. Put together by Schengen visa experts the e-book will guide you through the entire Schengen Visa application process from start to finish.
Here is what is included in the Schengen visa application guide
What is a Schengen Visa?
List of the 26 Schengen Countries
General Schengen Visa requirements
How to Apply for a Schengen Visa
When to Apply for a Schengen Visa
Where to Apply for a Schengen Visa
Documents required for a tourist Schengen Visa
Documents required for a business Schengen Visa
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Airports requiring transit visas from certain nationalities
Latest Schengen Visa Application Forms (for each country)
Template employer’s letter, Template college/university letter / Template letter from accountant
Some snippets of content:
Do I need a Schengen Visa?
Nationals from the following countries do not usually require a Schengen visa: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.
Where to apply for a Schengen Visa?
A Schengen visa is applied for at the local Embassy, Consulate or Visa Application Centre of the Schengen country which you will be spending the most nights on your trip to the Schengen area. If you are only visiting one country on your trip then you apply for your visa at the local Embassy, Consulate or Visa Application centre of this Schengen country. If you are spending an equal amount of time between several Schengen countries then you should apply at the local Embassy, Consulate or Visa Application Centre of the country that will be your first port of entry.
How long does it take to get a Schengen visa?
It really depends on the Consulate. Some take a week, others take 15 working days. It’s important to take this into account when planning your holiday. It is also important to remember that you may only get an appointment to apply for the visa in 3 weeks time so this should be taken into consideration before booking your holiday.
I am travelling by Eurostar or car to Europe, any special requirements?
Yes, Eurostar ticket must be original and nonflexible and non-refundable. If travelling by motor vehicle you will need to provide driver’s license, log book, MOT certificate, insurance for the vehicle with return ferry tickets with your full name and car details.
Do I need Travel insurance?
You will need travel insurance when you apply for a Schengen visa. The travel insurance should include medical evacuation / repatriation coverage of at least EURO 30,000. The insurance company must have a representative office in Europe and the insurance must be valid for duration of stay in the Schengen states.
This is the most complete guide you’ll read about applying for a Schengen visa. There are a number of other Schengen visa guides on the market that are more expensive and offer little value. The Schengen Visa Application Guide is the only guide to be endorsed by Schengen Visas Organisation.