You cannot discuss intensely about the Schengen Visa without mentioning the Schengen Area.
The Schengen Area is the part of Europe that has decided to abolish all other type of Visa and different travel policies except ones governing the Schengen Area.
The Schengen Area consist of 26 countries; 22 European member states and 4 non-EU countries However, there are still some European union member countries which does not accept free movement using the Visa.
The 26 countries includes;
- Czech Republic
The Schengen VISA
The Schengen is a powerful Visa which allows an holder to stay and travel freely within the 26 countries in the Schengen area.
It allows you to stay for as long as 90days per country either for tourism or business purposes.
The Schengen agreement forces the removal of speed bumps out of borders within these countries so a traveller can drive from one country to another without slowing down.
The Schengen Visa contributes to the economic growth of these countries, increases tourism and trade activities are conducted easily and seamlessly.
What happens if you intend spending more than 90days?
There are cases where students want to visit for studies, research or a family is planning to immigrate to work or live which will definitely exceed 90days.
In these case, Schengen visa would not work or suffice. An applicant must apply for a national of the European country he or she wants to visit for work or study.
What are the documents needed to enter the Schengen Area?
- Valid country of birth passport which should not expire before you leave.
- Schengen VISA (for non nationals)
Other documents which might be required of you to provide include;
- Proof of sufficient funds for your stay
- Purpose of travel
- Duration of stay
- Accommodation arrangements etc
What is the cost of applying for Schengen Visa?
Very few of the EU countries are accepting inflow of immigrant due to COVID 19 pandemic However, to apply for the Schengen visa, the cost is €80 while for children between the age of 6-11years cost €40.