Proof of Paid Fee To obtain a Schengen Visa, the mandatory visa fee must be paid at the diplomatic mission (embassy/consulate) and is non-refundable. The fee, charged in EUR, the third country’s national currency, or the application country’s currency, is acknowledged through a receipt.
Schengen Visa Fee Details:
Adults: 80 EUR. Children aged 6 to 12: 40 EUR. Exemptions from Schengen Visa Fee:
Children under six. Students and accompanying teachers on study or educational journeys. Diplomatic passport holders on official trips. Representatives of nonprofits aged 25 or below. Third-country researchers for scientific research defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC. Please note that applications require prior appointments at embassies or consulates. They usually don’t provide case updates via email or phone. Embassies can request additional documents or further interviews, and each embassy reserves the right to modify these procedures.
Documents Based on Employment Status
For student status:
Proof of student status (student card, matriculation copy, and transcript of records). Evidence of financial support, including work contract and parental/host bank statements. For employment status:
Original signed employer letter or recent payslip. Employment contract and vacation confirmation. For self-employment:
Letter from a solicitor, accountant, or Companies House confirming status. For retirement:
Last six months’ pension statements. Business Travel Documents
For business trips to Schengen Area, provide:
Business invitation letter from the destination company, stating purpose, duration, relationship, and financial responsibility. Letter from your employer indicating trip details and financial coverage. Evidence of prior business interactions, like contracts or invoices. Family or Friends Visit Documents
If visiting family or friends, submit:
Invitation letter from the host with their details, address, contact, relationship, purpose, and duration of your stay. If accommodation is provided, it must be mentioned. Proof of relationship (birth/marriage certificates). Sponsorship letter (if applicable) for financial support. Educational or Cultural Visit Documents
For cultural or educational trips, provide:
Enrollment proof for students. Acceptance letter from the institution with program details, stay duration, and support information. Sponsorship proof, if applicable. Detailed trip itinerary with dates and activities. Medical Treatment Documents
For medical trips, include:
Medical report from a home-country doctor detailing the condition and recommended Schengen treatment. Medical certificate from a Schengen doctor confirming willingness to treat and treatment plan. Proof of financial ability to cover costs, like bank statements or sponsor’s letter. Proof of pre-payment if applicable.
Schengen Visa Requirements for Minors Below 18
For applicants under 18, parents or legal guardians need to present the following documents or accompany the minor:
A Schengen Visa application form signed by the legal guardian/s. Child’s birth certificate. If the minor is traveling without both parents: Certified parental consent from both parents. If the minor is traveling with only one parent: Notarized/certified consent from the other parent. If the single parent traveling holds sole paternal authority: Death certificate. Divorce agreement, or Custody agreement.