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How to apply for a Schengen Visa from India?


Are you planning to travel to any country in the Schengen Zone of Europe? Then you will need a Schengen Visa.

The Schengen Area consists of 26 countries of Europe. With a Schengen Visa, you can travel freely within the Schengen Zone on a single visa without the need for getting multiple visas for different countries.

Here are the countries that form the Schengen Zone:

  1. Belgium
  2. Austria
  3. Denmark
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Finland
  6. Estonia
  7. Germany
  8. France
  9. Hungary
  10. Greece
  11. Italy
  12. Iceland
  13. Liechtenstein
  14. Latvia
  15. Luxembourg
  16. Lithuania
  17. Netherlands
  18. Malta
  19. Poland
  20. Norway
  21. Slovakia
  22. Portugal
  23. Spain
  24. Slovenia
  25. Switzerland
  26. Sweden

Follow these steps to apply for a Schengen Visa from India:

  1. Know your Schengen Visa type

The first step is to figure out which category of Schengen Visa do you need. Depending on your purpose of travel, there are different Schengen Visas that you can apply for from India.

  1. Find out where to apply for the Schengen Visa from

Find out which Embassy or Consulate of which country should you apply for the Schengen Visa from. Usually, for a Schengen Visa, you need to apply from the country where you have the longest stay, as per India Today. Depending on your place of residence, also check where in India should you apply at.

  1. Decide when to apply for a Schengen Visa

In India, you can lodge your Visa application 3 months prior to your date of travel. It is, however, mandatory to apply for your Schengen Visa at least 15 days before your date of travel to Europe.

  1. Gather required documents

Collect all the necessary visa documentation as mentioned in the document checklist.

  1. Make an appointment for a visa interview

Make an appointment for a visa interview while applying for your Schengen Visa in India.

  1. Attend the visa interview

The visa interview is a critical part of your visa application. Hence, show up on time and remain calm and relaxed.

  1. Pay the visa fee

Check the Schengen Visa type for the visa fees and pay the fees accordingly.

  1. Wait for visa processing

The processing time for a Schengen Visa is almost 15 days after the visa interview.

Schengen Visa applications submitted by Indian citizens are processed by the Consulates and Embassies in India.

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