Visas may be obtained from the Embassy Consular section, the General Consulate or the Consulate of the country of destination.

Visa application documents vary from country to country and even from time to time.

Points to Consider When Applying for a Visa:

  • In general visa applications must be made in person.
  • The Passport must be in good condition; it must not be worn out.
    A worn out passport, even issued a visa; always carries the risk of denial of entry to the country of destination. It is recommended, that a worn out passport be renewed. (For details on passport application, please visit: ).
  • Please make sure, that your passport is valid at least for one year, as from the application date. Though this may vary from country to country, it is advisable, that you have a visa of more than one year.
  • It is important, that during the interview, you answer the interviewer’s questions honestly and correctly. The aim of the interview is just to find out whether you qualify or not, for the conditions set by the authorities, as expected from the travelers.
  • Apply with full documents. Applying with distorted and false material constitutes an offense against the law.
  • Be prepared beforehand, to accept the possibility of a visa denial.
    The interviewer’s positive impression increases your chances for a visa.
  • You should submit supporting evidence to convince, that you have the financial means to travel.
  • Some countries, besides the visa fees, also collect application fees; it is recommended that you ask for the details from the embassy/consulate concerned.
  • As an international rule, you should apply for a visa at your country of permanent residence.

A breach of Visa conditions would lead to deportation; or to definite or indefinite ban on entry; or to a penalty payment.

With the coming into force of the Schengen Agreement in 1995, the systematic border controls of the member states have been abolished. These controls are not applied at the borders between the member states, known as the inner borders. They are applied at the borders with non-Schengen states, known as the outer borders.This is done under a unified system of regulations; enacted jointly by the member states, in relation to the third parties (countries). This cooperation includes visa, police and judicial areas.

Countries you can visit with a Schengen visa are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Letonia, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta,, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

A common Schengen visa allows travellers to access the area freely; however the duration of travel is limited by the validity of the visa.

EC Commission is responsible for submitting proposals on Schengen practices .Schengen states use a common database known as SIS or Schengen Information System. This data base provides the Schengen members with a multitude of information, including the names of persons which are denied entry to the member states.

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About Passport Color Codes;
Red passports are Ordinary, Green passports are Special, Gray passports are Service and Black passports are Diplomatic.