All you want to know about Schengen Visa

Sometimes, I imagine a world where all I have to do is pack my bag and book a flight to visit any place I want without getting worried about visa procedures. I wish this dream could become a reality someday but this post is not about this imaginary world; instead it layout some tips and advice to get a visa in a real-world scenario for a Euro trip.

One of the most important requirement to plan for a Euro trip is to get a visa. If you are planning to cover more than 2 countries, it is better to apply for a Schengen visa which gives you an access to 27 countries in Europe. Yes, there is much more in Europe than France, Italy, Switzerland and Netherlands which are four most popular destinations for the first-timers.

Type of Visa

You will be applying for a tourist visa. There is an option in the visa application to select either Single entry or Multiple entry visa. It is completely dependent on Embassy to give you single/multiple entry visa but it is safer to select a single entry except you specifically need it. We applied for a single entry but got a multiple entry instead.

How long can I stay in Europe

As per rule, you can stay for maximum 90 days in a half-year time period. 90 days will be calculated on the basis of your immigration and emigration dates.

When should I apply for the visa

You can apply maximum three months in advance to your planned travel date.

Which Embassy to apply for the visa

By rule, you should apply for your visa in the embassy of a country which is your first port of entry or where you are staying for the maximum duration of your trip.

Tip: Things can be tweaked a bit to align with a favorable embassy. You can compare the visa success approval percentage online for the embassy you are targeting.

Where to apply for the visa

All visa-related processings are outsourced to VFS. You need to find the nearest VFS office from your location.

Visa Interview

The latest rule for Schengen visa interviews is very simple: there will be an interview for all first-time applicants. The process of interviews may vary with different Embassies, we have applied for our visa at Greece Embassy and they took a Skype interview for my wife but my brother applied for a visa with France Embassy and they had to fly to Mumbai from Bangalore for the interview in person.

Requirements to apply for Schengen visa

1. Flight Bookings

This is absurd but you need to show a confirmed return flight booking to apply for the visa.
Tip: It is better to book a fully refundable flight ticket (it may cost a bit extra but worth the money in case you will not get the visa).

2.Hotel Bookings

You need to show confirmed accommodation booking for your entire stay. The best option is to book an accommodation from with free cancellation and mostly they don’t charge your credit card until 2 weeks prior to your check-in date. You can also find Airbnbs with free cancellations.
Tip: While booking an accommodation, make sure you add your partner’s name as well in the “Guest Name” section. In Airbnb, this is not an issue but on there is no separate section for adding fellow traveler’s name. I always add my wife’s name and mine with ‘&’.

Tip: There are companies out there which claim to make real fake bookings just for your visa purpose. I found very mixed reviews for such arrangements and I feel it’s not worth the risk. You have to make the real bookings anyways and that too in advance as it is hard to get decent accommodation in a place like Europe especially in peak season.

3.Funds proof

You need to show sufficient funds to cover your travel expenses by submitting a bank statement of last 3-6 months. The best part is that there is no official amount to define “sufficient” on any visa website. A safer amount is 100 euro per day for one person for longer duration trip (more than a month) and around 2K euros for shorter duration trips (10-15 days).


  • It is advisable to maintain some good amount in your account, a sudden deposit of money before the visa application can be a red flag.
  • If you are a married couple, it’s better to show funds in a joint account with both names in the bank account statement.
  • In India, you need to collect the bank statement from the branch with a stamp.


I had so many doubts regarding this section which turned out to be a simple thing. There is no specific format for providing the itinerary. It will be a very high-level layout of your trip on a paper.
1/May/2018      Reach Paris from India
2/May/2018 – 5/May/2018 – Explore Paris
6/May/2018    Reach Amsterdam from Paris
7/May/2018 – 10/May/2018 – Explore Amsterdam
11/May/2018   Fly back to India

Tip: Just make sure your flight bookings and hotel bookings align with the information provided in the itinerary.

5.Travel Insurance

You need to have a travel insurance for your entire trip duration with a minimum sum insured of 30K euros.
Tip: If you are a married couple, it will be cheaper to apply together. There is no recommended service provider, just find the cheapest one with decent reviews from policybazaar.

6.Documents from office

You need your last three months salary slip if you are employed and a leave letter confirming the approval of your leaves with specific dates.

7.Marriage Certificate

If you are a married couple, you need to submit a copy of your marriage certificate.


A color photo with a specific size of 35mm X 45mm.

9. Visa Fees

Check the latest visa fees amount on the embassy website. You must carry the amount in cash as most of the time they don’t accept cards.

Share and Enjoy !

0 0

77 Replies to “All you want to know about Schengen Visa”

  1. Very Informative!

  2. Worth reading … a good guide … I ve a query … what for a student?? If one doesn’t have an ITR ??

    1. The main idea is that you need to provide a valid source of funds for your trip. If you are self-sponsoring your trip then a proof of your earnings (payslips ) or in case of a student if a guardian is sponsoring your trip, then you need to submit a sponsoring letter from your guardian. Hope this helps.

  3. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such excellent information being shared freely out there.

  4. This guy has something very important to say!

  5. I’m not sure the place you are getting your info, but good topic.
    I needs to spend a while studying much more or working out more.
    Thank you for wonderful information I was looking for this information for
    my mission.

    1. I am glad you found the information useful. The source of all the information mentioned in this post is either from our personal experiences or from some close friends.

  6. I really can’t believe how great this site is. Keep up the good work. I’m going to tell all my friends about this place.

    1. Thanks a lot for the appreciation. I am glad that you find the content useful.

  7. I just got done eating a platter of spaghetti before visiting your site. It sure makes the full feeling all that much better.

  8. My brother suggested I might like this web site. He was once totally right. This publish truly made my day. You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this information! Thank you!

  9. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I have truly loved surfing around your weblog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing on your feed and I’m hoping you write again very soon!

  10. Article writing is also a fun, if you be familiar with
    after that you can write if not it is complicated to write.

  11. Nice blog here! Also your web site loads up fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  12. A person essentially lend a hand to make significantly articles I’d state.

    This is the very first time I frequented your website page
    and to this point? I surprised with the analysis you made to
    create this actual publish incredible. Excellent activity!

  13. I like the helpful info you supply on your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and take a look at once more right here frequently. I’m reasonably certain I’ll be informed many new stuff proper right here! Best of luck for the next!

  14. Simply desire to say your article is as astonishing. The clearness in your post is just nice and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work.

    1. Thanks a lot for the appreciation. You are most welcome for the RSS feed.

  15. I think this is one of the most significant information for me. And i am glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things, The site style is perfect, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  16. There are some attention-grabbing time limits on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart. There’s some validity but I’ll take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like extra! Added to FeedBurner as well

  17. Hi there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m going to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time
    making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.

    P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  18. Good post. I learn something totally new and
    challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day.
    It’s always useful to read articles from other authors and use something from other sites.

  19. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who has been conducting a little homework on this.
    And he actually bought me lunch simply because I discovered it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the
    meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this subject here on your web page.

  20. I simply couldn’t leave your website before suggesting that I actually
    loved the standard info a person supply in your
    guests? Is gonna be back incessantly to inspect new posts

  21. Wow, this post is nice, my sister is analyzing such things, therefore I
    am going to convey her.

  22. You made some really good points there. I looked
    on the net to find out more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your
    views on this website.

  23. I don’t even know how I ended up right here, but I thought this submit was once good.
    I do not recognise who you are however certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you happen to
    aren’t already. Cheers!

  24. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.

    Your website offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done a formidable
    job and our whole community will be grateful to

  25. It’s going to be end of mine day, but before end I am
    reading this wonderful piece of writing to improve my know-how.

  26. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email.
    I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it develop
    over time.

    1. Thanks for pointing this out. I just realized that we never created a contact page, stupid of us. Meanwhile you can send us a message at Instagram:
      or Facebook:

  27. We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.

    Your web site offered us with valuable information to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our whole community will be
    grateful to you.

  28. Just desire to say your article is as surprising. The clarity
    to your put up is just great and i could suppose you are an expert in this subject.

    Well along with your permission let me to seize your feed to stay
    updated with impending post. Thanks one million and please carry on the rewarding work.

  29. Marvelous, what a webpage it is! This blog provides helpful facts to us, keep it

  30. It’s very simple to find out any topic on net as compared to books, as
    I found this piece of writing at this web site.

  31. Hi there, after reading this awesome post i am too delighted to share
    my know-how here with colleagues.

  32. I constantly spent my half an hour to read this website’s articles or reviews daily along with a mug of coffee.

    1. Thanks Charolette. We try our best to comeup with posts more frequently.

  33. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both equally educative and
    interesting, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
    The issue is something that not enough folks are speaking intelligently about.
    I am very happy that I stumbled across this during my hunt for something concerning

  34. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is needed to get set
    up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% positive.
    Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Glen, that is completely fine. We started with WordPress hosting plan (personal plan, because we wanted to use our own domain name). I recommend you to start from there and then when you hit the limiations with wordpress personal plan (in terms to adding new widgets and other stuff). Then you can move to other platforms which are much cheaper.
      I am currently on Siteground which has great support for wordpress, easy installation and they conviniently move your existing wordpress blog to their site.

  35. Hey! This post could not be written any better!

    Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate!

    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up
    to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you
    for sharing!

    1. Thanks for the appreciation 🙂

  36. Howdy I am so excited I found your blog, I really found
    you by error, while I was researching on Yahoo for something
    else, Regardless I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a
    fantastic post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love
    the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it all
    at the minute but I have book-marked it and also included
    your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back
    to read more, Please do keep up the great work.

  37. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am no longer certain whether
    or not this publish is written by him as no one else understand such certain approximately my
    difficulty. You’re amazing! Thanks!

    1. We had so many questions when we planned our Eurotrip, so we thought to save some time for others. Glad you guys found the info useful.

  38. If you desire to improve your know-how only keep visiting
    this site and be updated with the most up-to-date information posted here.

  39. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.

    Your site offered us with valuable information to work
    on. You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community will be thankful to you.

  40. There’s definately a great deal to learn about this subject.
    I like all the points you’ve made.

  41. I have read so many articles or reviews concerning the blogger lovers however this paragraph
    is genuinely a fastidious article, keep it up.

  42. I couldn’t resist commenting. Very well written!

  43. Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site
    before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Nonetheless, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking
    back frequently!

    1. Thanks Stephaine. We are happy you found the content useful.

  44. Very good article! We are linking to this great content on our site.
    Keep up the great writing.

    1. Thanks Laverne. Please share the link, will be nice to see that.

  45. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such wonderful information being shared freely out there.

  46. Good article. I will be dealing with many of these issues as well..

  47. Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic but it has
    pretty much the same layout and design. Superb choice of colors!

  48. Hello to all, how is everything, I think every one is getting more from
    this website, and your views are nice for new viewers.

  49. That is really fascinating, You are an overly skilled blogger.
    I have joined your feed and look ahead to seeking more of your great post.
    Additionally, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks

  50. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve visited this blog before but after looking at some of the posts I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m certainly delighted I stumbled upon it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back

  51. I was able to find good advice from your blog articles.

  52. I pay a visit each day some blogs and sites to read content, except this webpage presents
    feature based posts.

  53. Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before
    but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking
    back frequently!

  54. Very quickly this site will be famous among all
    blogging users, due to it’s nice content

  55. I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Well written!

  56. Hi, just wanted to mention, I liked this post.
    It was practical. Keep on posting!

  57. I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Very well

  58. Excellent post. Keep writing such kind of information on your page.
    Im really impressed by it.
    Hello there, You’ve performed an excellent job. I’ll definitely
    digg it and in my opinion recommend to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be
    benefited from this web site.

  59. I could not resist commenting. Exceptionally well

  60. That is really fascinating, You are an excessively skilled blogger.
    I’ve joined your rss feed and stay up for in quest of extra
    of your wonderful post. Also, I’ve shared your website in my social networks

  61. I am very glad to this blog to have a clear information. thank you so much. And I highly recommend using these website to plan your trip.

  62. Amazing services are there. Thank you so much for the information. i read your article. you explained very clearly. in the Schengen visa itinerary also services are good. i can recommend the Schengen Visa Itinerary.

Leave a Reply