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Type of Schengen Visas

Tourist Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 5-15 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7199/-
Business Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 5-15 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7199/-
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Documents required for Schengen Visa

  • Must have Documents for Schengen Visa:
    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any;
    • Visa Application form;
    • 2 recent colour photographs (Photo Specification);
    • Personal Covering letter (For Employed - Plain paper/ For Self-Employed – Company Letterhead);
    • Original updated Bank Statement (last 6 months);
    • Income Tax Returns/Form 16 for last 3 years;
    • Confirmed return flight tickets;
    • Hotel reservation;
    • Day wise Itinerary;
    • Travel Insurance (minimum coverage of EUR 30000).

    Kindly note: The Govt is very strict on the photograph requirement; please ensure that your photos are as per the specifications.

  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:

    1. If Employed:

    • Original Leave sanctioned certificate with company seal and signature;
    • Last 3 months salary slip.

    2. If Self Employed:

    • Business Registration License / MOA / Partnership deed;
    • Company’s updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Company’s IT returns for last 3 years.

    3. If Retired:

    • Proof of retirement like pension book, statement etc.

    4. If Student:

    • School / College / Institute ID Card;
    • Bonafide certificate.

    5. If Minor:

    • Birth Certificate;
    • No Objection Certificate from the parents / non-accompanying parent on Rs 100/- stamp paper;
    • ID proof of parent like passport or PAN card.

    6. If Visiting friend or relative:

    • Invitation letter;
    • Inviter’s ID proof like Passport or Resident Permit;
    • Address proof like any Electricity bill, any Utility bill etc.

    7. If Sponsored:

    • Sponsorship letter;
    • Sponsor’s national ID proof like Passport, PAN card or Resident permit;
    • Updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Income tax returns of last 3 years.

    8. For Business Visa:

    • Invitation letter from host Company stating purpose of trip, business details etc;
    • Covering letter from Indian company on company letterhead.
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Schengen Visa process and requirements

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Schengen Visa FAQs

  • add What is a Schengen Visa?

    A Schengen Visa allows you to travel throughout the 26 Schengen countries without having to get a visa for each individual country. You may travel in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. The Schengen Visa was introduced to make travelling faster and easier between all the EU countries that signed up for the agreement.

  • add The Schengen Visa is valid for which countries?

    A Schengen Visa (issued by a consulate or embassy of a Schengen State) is valid for all 26 States of the Schengen Area unless it is marked otherwise on the visa sticker. So you do not need another visa to enter or stay in the Schengen territory. However, you must be in possession of documentary evidence for the reasons of your stay and your means of support. Schengen Area comprises of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

  • add How long can I stay in the Schengen area on the basis of my visa?

    The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days. The precise length of validity of your Schengen Visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading "Number of entries" by "1". A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the Schengen Visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "02" or "MULT" under the heading "Number of entries".

  • add Will all Schengen Visas be granted for 90 days?

    No, not necessarily all Schengen Visas will be granted for 90 days. You may get the Schengen Visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings

  • add Can I apply again for a Schengen Visa if my application has been refused earlier?

    You are free to apply again for a Schengen Visa if your application has been refused earlier.

  • add What is the Schengen Visa cover letter?

    The Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter which summarizes your intent to travel to a country that is part of the Schengen area. In your cover letter you should explain:

    - the purpose of your trip
    - when and where you intend to travel
    - how your trip is going to be funded
    - day-by-day itinerary for your trip
    - duration of the trip

  • add Can I extend my Schengen Visa while in a Schengen country?

    You cannot extend your Schengen Visa while in a Schengen country except in special circumstances, and exceeding your permitted period of stay is considered an act of illegality or criminality. Instead, you must return to your home country within the permitted period of stay and apply for another Schengen Visa if necessary.

  • add If my short-stay multiple entry Schengen Visa is valid for a year, how long can I remain in the Schengen territory?

    A short-stay Schengen Visa allows you to enter and stay in a Schengen territory for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of six months.

  • add How long before the start of the intended visit should I apply for a Schengen Visa?

    You may only submit your Schengen visa application 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 20 working days before the date you wish to depart as certain types of travel purpose may take longer than usual to process. For instance, the processing time of your Schengen Visa Application will take between 5-15 working days from your appointment date.

  • add How long does it take to obtain a Schengen Visa?

    Typically, a Schengen Visa takes anywhere from 5 to 15 days to process in the Embassy/Consulate. The processing time for a Schengen Visa is dependent on several factors and can change without notice at the consulate's discretion.

  • add Is it mandatory for me to take an appointment for a Schengen Visa?

    Yes, an appointment is mandatory for Schengen Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.

  • add My family is also applying for the Schengen Visa, how many appointments should we make?

    Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.

  • add I am traveling to multiple Schengen countries. From which Consulate should I apply for my Schengen Visa?

    Schengen Visa must be applied from the Embassy / Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country then you must apply to the Embassy / Consulate of the country which would serve as the first port of entry. 

  • add Can I leave the Schengen area and return again with my Schengen Visa?

    Schengen Visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the Schengen Visa.

  • add What is the difference between a single-entry Schengen Visa and a multiple-entry Schengen Visa?

    According to the EU, a single-entry Schengen Visa allows entry to the Schengen area only once, meaning you are not permitted to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, while a multiple-entry Schengen Visa allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period (90 days total within 180-day period).

  • add Do I have to present any other document at the Schengen external borders apart from my travel document with the Schengen Visa?

    The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example; sufficient evidence that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the Schengen visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).

  • add Do I have to apply in person for the Schengen Visa?

    Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.

  • add Why is personal appearance mandatory for Schengen Visa?

    As from 2nd November 2015 following the introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), all Schengen visa applicants in India have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography). The photograph can be digitally taken at the time of the application or scanned from an existing one. For subsequent applications within the 5 years the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS. In case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the consulate will again collect fingerprints within the 5 year period specified above. Furthermore, the applicant may request that they be collected if, at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within this 5 years period.

  • add Do I need to provide travel insurance for my Visa application?

    Yes. Applicants should prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Schengen Member States. The insurance should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30000.

  • add What are the Schengen Visa travel insurance requirements?

    Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:

    • Minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros (approx. USD $34,000)
    • Coverage for repatriation for medical reasons
    • Coverage for emergency medical treatment
    • Coverage for expenses resulting from your death
    • Coverage for the entire period of your intended stay
    • Valid in all Schengen Area countries
  • add Can you process the Travel Insurance for me?

    Even though Travel Insurance is a mandatory requirement for processing Schengen Visa, you are strongly advised to purchase a health / travel insurance to secure yourself as medical treatment can be very expensive in the Schengen country. Your travel insurance offers protection against unexpected emergencies on international travel such as coverage of medical expenses, flight delay and cancellations, passport and baggage loss or personal accident.  For financial safety and security on your international trip we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance and avail our special offer.  

  • add What is the easiest way to apply for a Schengen Visa?

    The easiest way to apply for a Schengen Visa is to contact us. We are experts in the travel and tourism sector with over 40 years of experience. Through our expertise, in-depth knowledge and integrity, we commit to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers each and every time you use our service. In order to help us understand your unique visa needs, please drop in your query and our Expert will get in touch with you.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the Visa process?

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Simple steps to get a Schengen Visa:

Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer a superior, quick and hassle-free Visa Facilitation service. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Schengen visa application requirements. Read more

Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated Visa Expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for a Schengen Visa through Akbar Travels:

Step 1: Provide your travel details to our Visa Expert and get all your queries answered.

Step 2: Pay the visa fee and upload your documents online through our secured online document locker to ensure its confidentiality.

Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify the documents, complete your visa application and schedule your appointment.

Step 4: On the appointment day visit the Visa Application Center (VAC) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprinting & photograph) and documents.

Step 5: Receive your Visa.

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Basic Requirements to visit Schengen

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Schengen Visa;
  • Be in good health; Read more
  • Good moral character;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you have your family, property, assets, etc. that would serve as an incentive to come back to your home country;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you will leave the country before your Schengen visa expires;
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself and the amount depends on how long you will stay in the Schengen area and whether you will be staying with family, friends or any paid accommodation.
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport;
  • Valid Schengen Visa; Read more
  • Confirmed return Ticket;
  • Contact details of your relative, friends or business contact in the Schengen country;
  • Confirmed hotel bookings (If Any);
  • Schengen country Currency and other forms of forex;
  • An unlocked smartphone, preferable with a Sim card from India;
  • Any additional documents required to prove your purpose of visit (especially if you are travelling on a business Visa).
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What to do when you arrive in the Schengen country

  • Keep your Declaration form in hand (provided to you on the flight); Read more
  • Keep all travel documents (passport, valid Schengen Visa, return ticket, hotel bookings etc.) ready in case the immigration officer asks to produce any document;
  • If you are an unaccompanied minor, make sure you stay with the flight attendant who is in charge of your safety. Additionally, you must recognise the adult picking you up at the airport. If you have any doubts, you must inform the airline staff immediately.
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Schengen country travel guide

A Schengen Visa is best described as a single point Visa Access document for entering all the Twenty-Six Schengen Countries. This visa is issued by the designated visa offices to the applicant/visitor for visiting/travelling to and within the Schengen Area. Read more


The 26 countries that are currently members of the Schengen agreement are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Out of this list, four Schengen countries — Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway — are not members of the European Union. So, they are officially known as the countries that are associated with the Schengen activities of the EU. This means that these countries are obliged to accept the decisions made by EU, even though they are not a part of it. Two of these non-European union members, Norway and Iceland, are members of the Nordic Passport Union.

Although the Schengen agreement covers most of the cool countries that one likes to visit in Europe, there are other major countries which are NOT part of the Schengen countries. The most prominent being UK and Ireland although these countries are part of the European Union, they have opted out of the Schengen agreement and have a separate independent tourist visa processing which means that you cannot visit these countries on a Schengen visa. Also part of to the list, are union territories and countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey are not part of the Schengen countries list although they are part of the European Union.

Apart from these countries, the Schengen area also includes the Caribbean islands that belong to France and the three European micro-states — Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican City. These territories and micro nations maintain open or semi-open borders for visitors.

1. Germany

One of Europe’s most visited countries; Germany’s popularity with travellers grows every year. Its cities, where a lot of European history has played out; its beautiful towns and breath-taking countryside – all come together to offer an enticing mix to the visitor. Addition to the modern charms like buzzy nightlife, seriously original fashion, fine and mouth-watering dining museums and cultural experiences, Berlin also gives a history lesson to its visitors, with remaining of the Cold War and holocaust memorials. History, culture, and natural beauty perhaps best describe the essence of vacationing in Germany. With its historic cities and small towns, along with an abundance of forests and mountains, visitors are spoiled for choice. Those wanting to sightsee or experience the arts should head to the metropolitan areas, while those looking to engage in recreational activities should visit places such as the Bavarian Alps, the Black Forest, or the Mosel Valley. Lovely old cathedrals and grand palaces are everywhere, and in the smaller towns and villages, many centuries-old traditions continue. At the cultural heart of Germany is the capital, Berlin, home to many fine museums and galleries, while nature lovers will find a world of possibilities in Germany's great outdoors.

2. Norway

Norway offers visitors an incredible mix of cultural and natural wonders. From cosmopolitan Oslo to its endless snow-capped mountain peaks and deep fjords, there's no end of choices for travellers in the land of the midnight sun and stunning northern lights. Getting around the country is easy, and the country's top-notch transit systems offer some of the best sightseeing opportunities, too, whether by rail or the fantastic coastal steamers. One of the world's most prosperous nations, Norway seems to have a fascinating museum for just about every important aspect of its rich cultural and social history, covering everything from the Vikings to seafaring and fishing, as well as art and entertainment. Norway is also rich in spectacular scenery, from its stunning fjords to its spectacular mountains and glaciers, many of which are easily accessible to tourist.

3. Spain:

Spain will floor you with its history and architecture, both steeped deep in the eternal romance that Spain is famous for. If you visit one foreign country in the world, make it Spain – a wise man once said.

The grandeur of a caliph's palace, sybaritic sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches, the staccato stamp of a flamenco dancer's heels, the awed hush of pilgrims entering the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela after weeks of walking El Camino. You can find the soul of Spain in tourist attractions such as these, which represent the country's tumultuous history, rich culture, and enchanting natural beauty. From the sunlight playing endlessly off the "scales" of Gehry's Guggenheim Museum and the throbbing street life of La Rambla and Plaza Mayor to the forest of columns and Moorish arches disappearing into the silent expanse of Cordoba's Great Mosque, Spain exudes a vibrant energy and a captivating blend of past and present.

4. Hungary

Known as the Paris of the East, Budapest is famous for its exotic thermal baths. Beauty, cheap eats (and drinks also) and its raging nightlife makes it one of the favourite destinations for travel aficionados. The most interesting attraction in Hungary is Gellért Hill Cave in the capital city. A network of several caves, this one has become legendary because of Bishop Gellért, thrown by pagans to his death in 1046. Gellért Hill has the best views of Budapest’s structure, its hilly side of Buda and its flat side of Pest and the great Danube River between them. From here, you can see the 1849 fortress Citadella and the Gellért Hill Cave Church which served as field hospital and chapel in World War II.

5. Italy

Artistic treasures, beautiful people, romantic language, great food and old, old culture. Italy is a tourist’s dream. Visit to soak up Roman history and get a sense of medieval life, all the time teasing your taste buds with the best menus ever! Roma is a huge, busy and cosmopolitan city but abounds with Italian culture. Authentic Italian designs (Versace, Gucci, Prada) are known across the world for their lavishness and mass appeal. Gorgeous architecture on Roman streets gives visitors a taste of Italian culture and an Italian feat for their eye. Trevi Fountain, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Vatican Museums, Capitoline Museum, Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Colosseum (Colosseo) and Galleria Borghese are some of the definite visit places. Italy’s well known foodie and wino region, Tuscany is heaven for food travelers. Take a walk through the vineyards and olive groves for a rural feel and memory. Galleria degli Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Duomo and Palazzo Pitti are some of the must visit places in Tuscany, Italy.

6. Netherlands

While most visitors to the Netherlands (often referred to as Holland) focus on Amsterdam, the country's vibrant capital with its great museums and art galleries, there are many charming towns and villages in this small yet fascinating country to explore. And because the country is so flat, it's extremely easy to do at least a little sightseeing the Dutch way: by bicycle. Many communities actively encourage the use of pedal-power and provide bikes to explore the sights at no cost. However you choose to see the Netherlands, you're guaranteed a great time in one of the friendliest and most liberal cultures in Europe.

7. Poland

Poland, lesser visited and waiting to be explored! A country that can double up as a live museum of history, complete with its medieval capital and Jewish flavour. Poland has become a favoured travel destination for millions of tourists each year. From the lively beaches of Gdansk, Gdynia, and Sopot to the remote and unspoiled natural beauty of Bialowieza Forest, Ojcow National Park, and the Tatra Mountains, Poland offers visitors a range of experiences.

8. Portugal

Cities, countryside and coasts, Portugal is one compact surprise. Lisbon, Porto, Douro, Algarve – all waiting to be discovered. Explore an intriguing mix of both history and modernity in this beautiful and authentic city of Portugal. Have a look at the street life and setting of this mesmerizing city with pleasure of visiting the ostentatious palaces and old churches typical of any great historical capital, and the eye-catchy contemporary architecture of modern buildings. See the most expensive chapel of all time, the São Roque Church, built by the gold brought over from Brazil by Portuguese explorers led by Vasco de Gama. Mosaics which look like oil paintings designed in Rome and baroque art are all in this chapel which would probably make King Midas’ palace pale in comparison.

9. Czech Republic

Step into a fairy tale; visit Prague with stunning gothic architecture of the Charles Bridge, National Theater, Prague Astronomical Clock and Prague Castle. City's love of music, quaint cafes and local lagers are contagious and will definitely get you hooked. the premier attraction in this city is the Museum of Communism. See how the Czechs lived through the harsh, often cruel regime of the former Soviet Union and admire the tenacity of these people. Original artefacts, photographs, military equipment, statues, reading materials, and a reconstructed classroom during the Communist era.

10. France

Picturesque city, Paris is split by the River Seine and appeals to a wide array of travellers. Must visit places are the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Tuileries garden or Luxembourg with the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, and with churches such Notre Dame and Sacre-Coeur, as well as happening shopping centers and mouth-watering restaurants galore, Paris is a must visit for everybody. This sparkling stone on the French Riviera is famous for its film festival in May. Wander leisurely along the La Croisette promenade, have a look at the flower stands of Marche Forville, grab a few designer duds along fashionable Rue d'Antibes, have a look at Casino Croisette, and most importantly don't forget to enjoy the bright and sunny shoreline and decadent French cuisine and wine.

11. Austria

Perfect for a relaxing holiday, Austria with its palaces, vineyards, medieval castles and old world cafes turns on the charm without warning. Take it in slowly, the country is too beautiful to rush through. Explore the Anchor Clock (Ankeruhr), Belvedere Palace, Burgtheater (National Theatre), Danube Tower & Danube Island, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Haas House and Hofburg in this storied city of Austria.

12. Greece

Find solace in these six remarkable Greek Orthodox monasteries on the top of the rock towers. Refresh mentally, physically and spiritually in these UNESCO accredited world heritage sites. Greece is known for its natural beauty and fascinating history. Ancient archaeological sites, countless islands, sandy beaches, and a balmy Mediterranean climate make Greece one of Europe's prime tourist destinations. Besides the capital, Athens, top things to see on the mainland include Ancient Delphi and the monasteries of Meteora. But most people come here to catch a ferry to the islands; Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu, and Crete are the most popular.

13. Denmark

Recognized for its canals, castles, gardens, museums, antique shops, and flea markets, Copenhagen is a chic and exciting place to visit. Urban adventurers who relish in taking the road less travelled will enjoy their visit to this beautiful and one of the oldest capital with a royal touch. Monarchy in this place is the oldest. Take a look at the Louisiana, Glyptotek, and Arken are among the top art museums in Europe; Gefion Fountain, Copenhagen's own Fontana di Trevi, and Tivoli, the amusement park with exquisiteness and charm. It’s The Little Mermaid for Denmark, hands down, as the all-time top attraction. Last year, this granite and bronze sculpture by Carl Jacobsen turned 70 years old. Inspired by the fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid continues to welcome visitors at Copenhagen Harbor.

14. Belgium

Belgium may be small but it's packed full of sights. UNESCO-acclaimed sites in the capital city of Brussels range from 14th-century guildhalls surrounding the elegant Grand Place to the early 20th-century Art Nouveau townhouses of Victor Horta. Bruges is a major attraction for tourists, with its perfectly-preserved medieval streets rimming tranquil canals that lure flocks of travellers each year. But plenty of other towns in the country - particularly Ghent and Mechelen - retain excellent architectural examples from the middle Ages as well. This small nation has been right at the forefront of Europe's history, with many of the continent's most important events played out across its countryside. It was in Belgium that Napoleon met his match at the battle of Waterloo, and during both the First and Second World Wars, Belgium found itself thrust into the frontline. The World War I battlefields of Ypres are now important pilgrimage sites that are among the most popular places to visit in Belgium. Whether you're here for the ancient or modern history, Belgium provides a huge chunk of European heritage within a bite-sized piece of land.

15. Latvia

Surrounded by Estonia, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and the Baltic Sea is the nation of Latvia. The country is a blend of urban sights, like the capital of Riga, and scenic landmarks. From waterfalls to national parks, Latvia offers great views and plenty of outdoor activities. Beaches, forests and medieval villages compete for your attention, and the only answer is to see all the best places to visit in Latviathe oldest park in the capital of Latvia, Vermanes Garden is very much like Central Park in New York: located in the hearth of the city yet surrounded by trees and flora. The most fascinating activity in the Vermanes Garden is the never-ending play of chess. Yes, people flock around several chess boards and join in sometimes.

16. Sweden

With its rich history and varied landscapes, Sweden is a traveler's paradise. If you love the outdoors, it's certainly hard to beat. The air and water are crystal clean, and there are thousands of acres of unspoiled forests and majestic lakes to explore, not to mention vast archipelagos along its coasts. The roads and public transport are excellent, the citizens are invariably friendly and helpful, and in recent years Swedish cuisine has undergone what can only be described as a revolution. Throw in a mind-boggling history, from notorious Viking invaders to Royal dynasties and imperial intrigue, and one thing is certain: you'll never be bored. Sweden's tourist attractions range from opulent palaces and ancient towns to vast Arctic landscapes and the famed Ice Hotel. There are so many things to do that you'll want to allow plenty of time to enjoy all its outdoor adventures and historic treasure. the Stadshuset is this Swedish capital’s most famous landmark, the home of the Nobel Prize. You can always look around at the organ with 10,000 pipes, the Golden Hall where important Swedish history scenes are depicted with gold leaves as mosaic pieces, the open roof-like countenance of the Council Chamber, and the Nobelmuseet, of course, with a display of Nobel Prize winners.

17. Switzerland

For ravishing alpine scenery and quaint villages oozing storybook charm, it's hard to beat Switzerland. The soaring snow-capped peaks of the Alps, glittering blue lakes, emerald valleys, glaciers, and picturesque lakeside hamlets imbue this landlocked nation with a fairy-tale beauty. Snuggled among the mountain valleys and lakes lie world-class international resorts with hiking, biking, climbing, paragliding, skiing, and tobogganing on their doorsteps. Travellers come here for jaw-dropping scenery but are charmed by the many cultural attractions. Steeped in history, cities such as Zurich, Geneva, and Lausanne offer excellent museums and galleries, historic buildings, and renowned music festivals. The capital is Bern with a stunning medieval old town hugging the crook of a river. Germany, Italy, Austria, and France border Switzerland, and their languages and customs infuse this country with a multicultural sophistication. From the Italian architecture of palm-studded Ticino to the dialects of Swiss-German and Latin-derived Romansch, Switzerland can sometimes feel like several countries in one - yet all with the slick packaging and punctuality for which it is famous

18. Estonia

Estonia resorts attract numerous travellers by their interesting architecture and rich historic heritage. Magnificent cathedrals, elegant churches, castles and palaces can be found in nearly every city of the country. The last truly European nation before the great swathe of Russia takes over in the east, Estonia offers travellers a fascinating mixture of Slavic, Russian, Scandinavian and altogether unique local cultures. It ranges from the beautiful, windswept coastlines of the Baltic Sea and the Finnish Gulf to the rolling forests around Tartu in the south, and offers up some amazing and wondrous destinations along the way.

19. Finland

From the vibrant art-filled cities of Helsinki and Turku to the depths of the boreal forests and the thinly-inhabited outer archipelago, Finland remains one of the relatively unknown corners of Europe. While the cities and towns offer many unique cultural and historical attractions, the natural surroundings serve as a playground for both winter and summer activities. Finland boasts some of the same traits as its neighbouring countries. Incredible scenery, unspoiled nature and a relatively liberal, modern political system are all positive attributes of Finland. In the winter the Northern Lights can be seen in the northernmost part of the country while in warmer months many Finns love to head to their summer cottages to enjoy some swimming, fishing, barbecuing but most of all the sauna.

20. Iceland

Iceland, island of fire and ice, has become one of the world's top destinations, not only with thrill-seeking adventurers, but also nature lovers looking for something different. Here you'll discover active volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glaciers, ice fields, and fjords, for this sparsely populated country, resting at the edge of the Arctic Circle, sits atop one of the world's most volcanically active areas. There is something for everyone in Iceland whether you are after a relaxing scenic drive, or are up for some adventure.

21. Liechtenstein

The tiny Principality of Liechtenstein, an independent state tucked between Switzerland and Austria, is one of the most picturesque alpine countries in Europe. Despite being only 160 square kilometres in size and having a population of just 35,000, Liechtenstein is an economic powerhouse thanks to its favourable tax laws, and it's the most industrialized nation in the world, though you'd never know it from its forest-covered hillsides and alpine meadows. Although a small principality, Liechtenstein has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing and attractions. These include everything from beautiful museums to adventurous hiking trails.

22. Lithuania

From the capital city of Vilnius to wide open spaces like the Curonian Spit, there is a lot to see in this country and a surprising number of quirky and interesting museums like the Beekeeping Museum and the Money Museum. Several spots in the country are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and wherever you choose to go you will find winding cobbled streets, charming local markets, and impressive red brick architecture.

23. Luxembourg

Luxembourg City is a charming combination of ancient and modern, local and global, simplicity and luxury. This lovely city offers an intriguing blend of history, culture, art and natural landscapes. With many of the European Union offices and departments hosted in Luxembourg City, there is a real multicultural perspective to this city. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a country sharing the languages and culture of neighbouring France, Germany and Belgium. It’s a beautiful destination during any season and well worth a visit! The Ardennes countryside around Luxembourg boasts forests, rivers, valleys, vineyards and quaint little villages. Fine food and drink are everywhere including special beers still brewed by Trappist monks deep in the Ardennes forests.

24. Malta

Surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, the Maltese Islands (Malta, Gozo, and Comino) have a fascinating heritage. The islands boast an ancient history with ruins of the oldest buildings in existence. Being close to Tunisia, there is a distinct North African influence. The Maltese language is derived from Arabic mixed with Italian. Under the scorching sunshine, Malta's palm-tree fringed landscape is dotted with picturesque hilltop towns, peaceful seaports, and old fishing villages. The country is fiercely proud of the legendary Knights of Malta, who fought off the Turks and launched the Crusades. This little island in the southern Mediterranean offers much more than just clear diving waters, hot summer days and a thriving modern culture. Malta can boast some of the world’s oldest existing manmade structures, unique and delicious cuisine, and narrow meandering streets that will charm and delight in equal measure. When you think about Malta day trips, then look no further than the ancient Megalithic temples or a visit to its neighbour island Gozo and the famous Blue Lagoon.

25. Slovakia

Slovakia, in Central Europe, borders the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, and Ukraine, and is a vibrant mix of leisurely cafe culture and winding streets, and picture-perfect towns with rugged castles, Gothic churches, and sprawling lush forests. Known for its spas and geothermal waters, you can relax in an aqua park, or take to the mighty Carpathian Mountains and indulge in a whole host of winter sports. Follow us as we take you on a journey through this fascinating undiscovered country, with stops at spa towns, protected villages, open-air museums, collapsed volcanoes, frozen lakes, and much more.

26. Slovenia

Slovenia, perhaps rather unfairly, may not be everyone’s first pick when jetting off to an exciting new holiday destination. Instead, it is quietly but steadily becoming an up-and-coming corner of the world to visit, and first time travellers here won’t leave disappointed. Revel in the lush valleys and trails that that wind through the Alps, enjoy the folk culture, or learn all about the local fine wine.

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The embassy or consulate of your Schengen destination country issues the appropriate visa depending on the nature of your travel. Specific visas that fall under the above visa categories include tourist visas, business visas, student visas, working visas, and transit visas.

1. Uniform Schengen Visas

Uniform Schengen Visas enable you to travel and reside in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days each six-month period, which starts from your date of entry. USV’s apply to three different categories:

  • Category “A” (Airport Transit Visa) – Necessary visa for individuals travelling from one non-schengen country to another through a Schengen country airport.
  • Category “B” (Transit Visa) – Allows individuals to travel through multiple Schengen countries to a non-Schengen country by car, coach, or plane, as long as travel lasts no more than 5 days.
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Limited Territorial Validity Visas permit you to travel only within the Schengen country that has issued your visa or in the countries you specify when applying for the visa. The visa will not be valid in any other Schengen Area countries. This type of visa is generally only issued for international obligations or for humanitarian reasons. It is considered an exception to a Uniform Visa.

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National Visas (“D” category visas) are granted to individuals who are studying, working, or residing permanently in a Schengen Area country. These visas are valid for those residing in a specific country for a specified period of time (with plans to return home once the visa expires), but you may also acquire a multi-entry visa to travel to other countries in the Schengen Area. To qualify for a multi-entry visa, you must meet one of the following requirements:

To qualify for a multi-entry visa, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be an international student in a program that grants Schengen visas, or be about to start full-time studies in a Schengen country.
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  • Be a professional traveling to a Schengen country with the purpose of sharing your expertise.
  • Be traveling in the Schengen Area and experience an emergency, such as a medical condition, that prevents departure at the end of your National Visa.

When applying for a Schengen visa, it is best to apply at the embassy of the country in which you will be spending the majority of your time.