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How to get a Schengen visa in a foolproof way with some tips!

A Schengen visa is a visa or visa, under which its holder can enter the 26 countries of Europe and the Schengen area, and it enables you to enter and move between these countries completely freely. Therefore, it is considered one of the most popular and sought-after visas around the world. To obtain this visa, has methods and procedures, and it has conditions that must be met by those who want to obtain it, and we will learn about all these matters in this article.

How to get a Schengen visa
How to get a Schengen visa


Schengen countries

    The following countries are acceding to the Schengen Agreement, which abolishes any political borders between its members, and enables its residents and visitors to move without restrictions between its parts. These countries are:
  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Czech
  4. Denmark
  5. Estonia
  6. Finland
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Hungary
  11. Iceland
  12. Italy
  13. Latvia
  14. Liechtenstein
  15. Lithuania
  16. Luxembourg
  17. Malta
  18. Holland
  19. Norway
  20. Poland
  21. Portugal
  22. Slovakia
  23. Slovenia
  24. Spain
  25. Sweden
  26. Switzerland

Schengen visa requirements

    When applying for a Schengen visa from one of the embassies of the aforementioned Schengen Agreement, several requirements must be adhered to and submitted along with the visa application. If you want to travel to more than one Schengen country, it is preferable to apply for a visa from the embassy of the country in which you want to stay for more days or to apply at the embassy of the country you want to reach first.

    The requirements must be ready before you submit the application, and it is recommended that you book an appointment at the embassy at least two weeks (14 days) before the planned travel date. Some embassies in some countries do not receive applications directly but are through one of their approved visa offices, so contact the embassy first before any procedure.

    The requirements may differ from one embassy to another, but they are united by the following most important requirements:
Completely fill out the Schengen visa application form, and sign it by the applicant. You can find the form on the link here.
One personal photo, which must be recent, with a white background.

  • A copy of the passport, and must be valid for 3 months before the date of return from travel.
  • Copies of previous Schengen visas (if any).
  • Reservation of airline tickets (one way and back) that are by the dates of entry and exit for the Schengen visa.
  • Proof of accommodation for the duration of the stay, such as a hotel reservation or something similar.
  • Travel insurance, and must cover the length of stay, and it must be from the companies approved by each embassy.
  • Proof of financial ability to bear the costs of travel, including a certificate of employment from your company, and the movement of your bank account for the last 3 months.
  • If this is not available, the person inviting you or responsible for you (friend or family) can write an official written undertaking to bear all travel costs for you, with proof of financial ability to do so.
  • It helps to have an invitation addressed to you from the host country, whether a company, organization, university, etc.


The most common reasons for refusing a Schengen visa

    The following are the most common reasons for a visa being refused:
  • The applicant's involvement in a criminal case previously or recently.
  • Submitting false, misleading, or forged identification documents.
  • A worn out and invalid passport, or was expired for the period for which it was submitted.
  • An insufficient and unsatisfactory explanation of the reason for the visit or the conditions of stay for the period for which it is being offered.
  • Failure to provide convincing proof of accommodation with the visa application, such as failure to provide a valid hotel reservation or failure to submit an invitation letter if the trip was a business trip based on an invitation.
  • Submitting incorrect travel insurance, such as that it is not sufficient for the length of stay for which the application is submitted.
  • Failure to provide proof of financial ability to bear the costs of travel, such as proof of work, bank statement, or the like.
  • Non- compliance with previous Schengen visa provisions, such as staying more than the specified date of exit, and the like.


Other tips

  1. It is advised to stay away from bogus reservations that can be issued from a local travel agency, as auditors are now verifying the validity of reservations by the reservation confirmation number, and sometimes by calling the booked hotel. Finding out about an attachment order could expose you to legal trouble.
  2. All blanks must be filled in the visa application, and in clear handwriting.
  3. It is always preferable to download a copy of the application from the website of the embassy where the application is to be submitted, as it may be up-to-date, and be in the same language as the embassy.
  4. The application fee is standard in all embassies, and its value is 60 euros, it may vary slightly from one embassy to another.
  5. You can apply for a visa period ranging from one day to 5 years, depending on the reason for the visit and the length of time you need.
  6. You may also request that the visit be more than once (Multi-Entry), but it is often only given to those who have previously obtained more than one visa.
  7. Then review your request more than once before it is submitted, to avoid any mistakes with information.
  8. If your application was rejected, or you were given less time than you requested, you can file an objection within a maximum period of 30 days from the date of issuance of the rejection, and it is submitted at the same embassy where the application was submitted.

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