VISA REQUIREMENT – WHO NEEDS A VISA?
RULES OF JURISDICTION – WHERE TO APPLY?
b) If your visit includes more than one country, you need to apply at the Member State that is the main destination of your visit: either the one where you are going to stay longest or the one where the main purpose of your visit lies.
c) If no main destination can be determined (because you are travelling to several countries for the same periods of time or for various purposes), the member state whose external border you intend to cross first for entering the Schengen zone (e.g. the first airport) is responsible for your visa application.
If it is determined that you are not applying at the correct embassy or consulate the application will NOT be accepted. If you manage to get the visa issued nonetheless, there is a serious risk that you will be refused entry at the border.
DURATION OF VISA PROCEDURE
There is a lower fee of 35 EUR (payable in GBP in cash only – approximately 32 GBP) for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.
Children under the age of 12 years do not have to pay a fee.
If you are a family member of an EU citizen, the below does not apply to you. Please click HERE for more information.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICATNS:
1. Filled out and signed visa application form. All sections must be filled out. State that an item is not applicable with N/A. Please indicate your e-mail address and a contact phone number. Please note that the application form must be signed in two places: the first refers to the application (section 37) and the second is the Schengen consent that follows.
2. Valid national passport. In order to apply for a visa:
3. One recent color photo, passport size. The photo cannot be older than 3 months. Further instructions are below:
The photograph can be black and white or color, the background light brown or light blue, but in any case not white or dark blue;
A person, who wears glasses, must ensure that the frames do not cover eyes and that there is no visible reflection on the glasses;
5. Proof of travel arrangements: Detailed travel itinerary from departure to return, such as flight/train/bus (roundtrip) tickets or other proof of intended transport. If you are driving to Slovenia, please provide details of the vehicle and driver(s) (rent-a-car confirmation, proof of ownership of vehicle, driving licence) as well as ferry/Euroshuttle tickets.
6. Proof of employment / Proof of student status: Reference letter from employer stating your position and salary or recent pay slips (last three months). / A recent, officially signed letter from a UK school, college or university stating dates of enrolment and expected completion of studies, name of the applicant and type of studies.
If self-employed: recent letter from an accountant, banker or a solicitor (official headed letter with name, date of issue, address, telephone number and position of signatory and registration number in the UK) stating self-employment or business ownership in the UK or letter from the tax authorities
8. Medical travel insurance document: Applicants must present travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 30.000 EUR, valid throughout the territory of Schengen member states. Insurance must cover any expenses which might arise in connection with urgent medical attention, emergency hospital treatment or repatriation for medical reasons, or repatriation of remains.
Applicants for a visa for multiple entries shall prove that they are in possession of travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit. The insurance must only cover the period of effective stay, not the validity of the visa. However, in cases of multiple entry visas, the insurance must be bought for each trip to the Schengen area – failure to provide proof of insurance at the border is grounds for denial of entry into the Schengen area countries. We suggest the insurance coverage is a couple of days longer than the intended stay, for cases of delayed flights or similar.
Documents in relation to accommodation (hotel booking, etc), or proof of sufficient means to cover this accommodation;
If the applicant is a minor (under 18) and travels without parents or with one parent, please submit all requested documents depending on the purpose of the visit as listed above, and:
If the single parent with whom the minor is to travel, holds the paternal authority alone: document that proves he/she is the only parental authority e.g. birth certificate of the minor (indicating only one parent), death certificate, divorce or custody agreement.
REFUSAL OF VISA AND POSSIBILITY TO APPEAL
In case of a negative decision on application, the applicant is notified in writing, including statement of grounds for refusal.
The possession of a valid Schengen visa enables the holder to enter one of the Schengen Member States and travel within Schengen area. Check any limitations on the territorial validity of the issued visa prior to travel – if the visa is limited to one country or group of countries, the movement is limited to those countries.
The holder of visa can be requested to present proof that he/she fulfills the entry conditions at the external border (such as medical insurance). If the circumstances under which a visa was issued have changed, border authorities may refuse entry and revoke the visa. A visa may also be revoked if it is subsequently established that the data submitted during the visa issuing procedure was incorrect or that important facts were concealed.