ABOUT VISAS - SCHENGEN VISA INFORMATION
One Visa Access to 25 Schengen countries in Europe
The Countries participating in the Schengen Agreement;
The 25 Schengen countries are:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
A Schengen visa issued by an Embassy or Consulate of the above countries allows the holder to travel freely in all of the member countries, unless the issue has restrictions. All
these countries except Norway, Iceland and Switzerland are European
Note; United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
are NOT participants in the Schengen Agreement.
How does the Schengen Agreement work?
Each participating country
continues to issue visas in the normal way but
the visa issued is a Schengen visa. With a Schengen
visa, you may enter one country and travel freely
throughout the Schengen zone. Internal border controls
have disappeared; there are no or few stops and
checks. This means that internal air, road and
train travel are handled as domestic trips.
double or multi-entry visas are issued, but
this will depend on the support supplied when you apply
for your visa.
How can I use a single entry visa?
A single entry visa is for one trip to the Schengen
States, for example United Kingdom to Germany and back
to the United Kingdom. Alternatively, one trip can include
United Kingdom to Germany to France to Italy and back
to the United Kingdom.
How can I use a Multi-entry visa?
A multi-entry visa is usually issued
for 3 or 6 months and allows unlimited visits up to a
maximum number of days. (The number of days is entered
on to the visa). With this visa you can enter and leave
the Schengen States as often as required within the validity
of the visa.
Where and how do I apply for a Schengen Visa?
If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you
must apply at the Embassy or Consulate of that particular
country. You apply at the Embassy or Consulate responsible
for the state where you live.
If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you
must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of
the country which is your main destination.
If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but
do not have a main destination, you should apply for
a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which
is your first point of entry.
All of the Schengen States operate an appointment system
to lodge a visa application. You must phone a premium
rate telephone number and arrange an appointment which
is usually for a date 3-4 weeks ahead. Ensure you allow
plenty of time to get your visa. After you have made
the appointment and lodged the application your visa
will take up to a week to process. For some nationals
this process can be extended to one month.
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