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Over the years, there has been a long and well-established history of travel between India and European countries. The lush green courtyards, the scenic landscape bordering mountains and the local streets etched with culture make a trip to Europe a fulfilling travel experience.

If you are looking to travel to Europe from India, here is everything you need to know about the Schengen visa; the documents required, the detailed procedure and guidelines, how and where to apply in India.

What is a Schengen visa?

A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any members of the Schengen Area, per stays up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. Currently, the Schengen Area consists of 26 member countries. All of these countries are located in Europe. The 26 Schengen countries are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

 

Do Indians need to apply for Schengen Visa?

Yes, Indian passport holders are required to obtain a Schengen visa in order to enter any European country in the Schengen Zone.

Persons who can apply to get a Schengen Visa in UAE should belong to one of the categories below:

  • Indian passport holders
  • Nationals of third countries, which are required to obtain a visa to Europe, living in India under a permanent or temporary residence permit

Indian passport holders legally residing in the United Kingdom for more than three months who also hold a valid UK residence permit can apply for a Schengen visa in the UK.

Indian citizens living in the US are recommended to go through the Schengen Visa Info page for Applying for a Schengen Visa in the United States as an Indian passport holder.

To determine whether you need a visa we recommend that you also check the list of nationals who are required to have a Schengen Visa.

How to apply for Schengen Visa in India?

Documents and requirements

The following documents are required when applying for a short-term Schengen visa in India:

  • Visa application form: Download the form and fill it completely and honestly. You can also fill the Schengen Visa application form electronically and then print a hard copy.
  • Two photos: Two recently taken passport size photos with a light background. Check for the visa photo requirements for Indian citizens before you take your photos.
  • Valid Indian passport: The passport must be no older than 10 years and have a validity of at least 3 months after your planned date of leaving Europe.
  • Indian Residence Permit: Proof of residence in India must be provided in the form of a national ID card or residence permit.
  • Cover letter: Travellers must provide a cover letter stating the purpose of the visit and itinerary.
  • Flight itinerary reservation: Provide proof of itinerary from India to Europe and back including dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the specified state/states.
  • Proof of accommodation: A document that shows where you will be accommodated throughout your stay in Schengen. This could be a hotel booking, a rent agreement, or a letter of invitation by a host at whose house you will be staying.
  • Proof of civil status: Provide either a marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse or ration card if applicable, for proof of civil status.
  • Proof of sufficient funds: There are several ways to provide proof of sufficient financial means such as a bank statement indicating your financial movements for at least 3 last months, a credit card, traveller’s cheques, supporting document to prove a sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses, documentation for private accommodation, etc. Check for eligible ways for proving sufficient financial means.
  • Travel insurance: Indians can book travel insurance online through the Europ Assistance website or via any travel insurance company in India that meets the following requirements: Medical coverage of at least Euro 30,000. Medical evacuation/repatriation must be covered.

 

Additional documents

Depending on your occupational status in India, you will need to submit the following additional documents when applying for a visa to Europe from India:

Documentation for employed travellers:

  • Employment contract
  • Current bank statement, of latest 6 months (Online Bank statements are not acceptable).
  • Leave permission from your employer
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary

Documentation for self-employed travellers:

  • A copy of your business license in India
  • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)

Documentation for students:

  • Proof of enrollment
  • No-objection certificate from your Indian school or university

Documentation for retired employees:

  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months

If applicable:

  • Regular income generated by property proof of the latest 6 months

Check other specific requirements when applying for a different Schengen visa type in India through the following links:

 

Steps to apply for Schengen Visa in India

In order to apply for a Schengen visa from India you must follow these steps:

  1. Check which Schengen visa type you need. There are different Schengen visa types depending on your purpose of travelling from India to Europe.
  2. Check where you need to apply for a Schengen visa in India. Pay attention to the embassy/consulate/VAC of where you need to apply to.
  3. Decide when to apply for a Schengen visa in India. The earliest time you can lodge your Schengen visa application in India is 3 months before your planned trip while the latest time to file your visa application is at least 15 working days before you intend to travel to Europe.
  4. Collect the required Schengen visa documents for Indian citizens.
  5. Appoint an interview at the visa application centre in India. Depending on the country, you may make an appointment online, by phone, or in person. Below in this article, you can find more information for each EU embassy/consulate located in India.
  6. Attend the interview on the day of your appointment.
  7. Pay the visa fee. All Schengen states have fixed and synchronized visa fees.
  8. Wait for the processing of your visa.

After the interview, you will have to wait for at most 15 days, for a response on your application.

 

What is the fee to apply for Schengen Visa in India?

The following is the current price cap for Schengen visa for Indian residents:

  • Adults: 80 Euros (around INR 6900)
  • Child between 6-12 years of age: 60 Euros (around INR 5180)
  • Child younger than 6 years of age: FREE
  • Holders of diplomatic and service passports: FREE
  • Indian pupils, graduate and postgraduate students and their children travelling for educational training and study purposes: FREE
  • Upto 25-year-old representatives of non-profit organizations travelling as participants in seminars, sports, cultural or educational events: FREE
  • Indian researchers travelling to carry out scientific research: FREE

 

Where to apply for Schengen Visa in India?

The following Embassies and Consulates for each Schengen country in India allow travellers to lodge an application for their Schengen Visa.

Please pay attention to these rules since it is crucial to file your application at the right place. Lodging your application at the wrong authority will result in the rejection of your Schengen Visa application.

Austria

New Delhi: Embassy of Austria 

  • Address: EP-13, Chandergupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India
  • Email: [email protected],[email protected]
  • Phone: (+91) (11) 24 19 27 00
  • Website: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/botschaft/new-delhi.html

Chennai: Consulate of Austria

  • Address: c/o Kothari Buildings, 115 Mahatma Gandhi Salai, Chennai 600034, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+91) (44) 2833 4501, (+91) (44) 2833 4502

Goa: Consulate of Austria

  • Address: Salgaocar House, 3rd floor Dr. F. Louis Gomes Road, Vasco Da Gama, Goa 403802, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+91) (832) 251 38 16, (+91) (832) 251 38 11

Kolkata: Consulate of Austria

  • Address: Industry House, 1st floor, 10, Camac Street, Kolkata 700017, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+91) 33 2283 56 60

Mumbai: Consulate General of Austria

  • Address: 26 Maker Chambers VI, 2nd floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+91) (22) 2285 1734

 

Belgium

Mumbai: Consulate General of Belgium

  • Address: Avantha House, 5th Floor, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+91) (22) 2421 2115,(+91) (22) 2436 1602
  • Website: http://www.diplomatie.be/mumbai

New Delhi: Embassy of Belgium

  • Address: 50-N, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+91) (11) 4242 8000
  • Website: http://www.diplomatie.be/newdelhi/

Chennai: Honorary Consulate of Belgium

  • Address: 18, III floor, Yafa Tower – Khader nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 006, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+91) (44) 4048 5500

Kolkata: Honorary Consulate of Belgium

  • Address: Industry House, 15th Floor 10, Camac Street, Kolkata 700017, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+91) (33) 2282 7531, +91) (33) 2282 7352, (+91) (33) 2479 1378

 

Czech Republic

New Delhi: Embassy of the Czech Republic

  • Address: 50-M, Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110 021, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91-11-26110205, 26110318, 26110382, 26886218
  • Website: http://www.mzv.cz/newdelhi

Mumbai: Consulate General of the Czech Republic

  • Address: Marcopia, 5, Dr. G.Deshmukh Marg, (5, Pedder Road), 400 026 Mumbai, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 009122/23518456/7, 23514484, 23518184/5, 23518180
  • Website: http://www.mzv.cz/bombay

Kolkata: Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic

  • Address: 4 Lee Road, Kolkata-700 020, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+91) 33 2290 7406, (+91) 33 2283 7178

 

Denmark

New Delhi: Royal Danish Embassy

  • Address: 11 Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi 110011, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91 11 4209 0700
  • Website: http://www.ambnewdelhi.um.dk/en

Mumbai: Royal Danish Consulate General

  • Address: L & T House, Ballard Estate, N.M. Marg, Mumbai 400 001. India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (22) 2261 4462, (22) 2268 5656

Chennai: Danish Consulate

  • Address: 9 Cathedral Road, Chennai 600086, India
  • Phone: (44) 811 8140, 811 8141

Kolkata: Royal Danish Consulate

  • Address: McLeod House, 3 Netaji Subhas Road, 3rd floor, Calcutta 700001, India
  • Phone: (33) 2248 7476/7/8

 

Estonia

VFS Global is the official partner of the Embassy of Estonia /Consulate General of Estonia in India. Applicants can find their nearest VFS Global in India to apply for their Schengen Visa to Estonia.

 

Finland

New Delhi: Royal Danish Embassy

  • Address: 11 Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi 110011, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91 11 4209 0700
  • Website: http://www.ambnewdelhi.um.dk/en

Mumbai: Royal Danish Consulate General

  • Address: L & T House, Ballard Estate, N.M. Marg, Mumbai 400 001. India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (22) 2261 4462,(22) 2268 5656

Chennai: Danish Consulate

  • Address: 9 Cathedral Road, Chennai 600086, India
  • Phone: (44) 811 8140,811 8141

Kolkata: Royal Danish Consulate

  • Address: McLeod House, 3 Netaji Subhas Road, 3rd floor, Calcutta 700001, India
  • Phone: (33) 2248 7476/7/8

 

France

Pondicherry: Consulate General of France

  • Address: 2 rue de la Marine, Pondicherry 605 001
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: [+91] (413) 223 10 00
  • Website: http://www.consulfrance-pondichery.org

Bombay: Consulate General of France

  • Address: Hoechst House – 7th floor, 193 Backbay Reclamation, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: [+91] (22) 66 69 40 00
  • Website: http://www.consulfrance-bombay.org

New Delhi: Embassy of France

  • Address: 2/50-E Shantipath Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: [+91] (11) 2419 6100
  • Website: http://www.france-in-india.org

 

Germany

Goa: Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany

  • Address: Cosme Matias Menezes Pvt. Ltd., Rua de Ourem, Panaji, 403 001, Goa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (0091 832) 223 55 26

Mumbai: Consulate of Germany

  • Address: ‘Hoechst House’, 10th Floor, Nariman Point, 193 Backbay Reclamation, Mumbai 400 021, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+91-22) 22832422; In case of emergency: (0091) 9821016877
  • Website: http://www.germanconsulatemumbai.org

Kolkata: Consulate of Germany in Kolkata, India

  • Address: 1 Hastings Park Road, Alipore, P.O. Box 16711, Kolkata 700 027, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91-(0)33-2479 1141/ 1142/ 2150, 2439 8906
    In case of emergencies: +91-(0) 98310 16091
  • Website: http://www.kalkutta.diplo.de

Chennai: German Consulate in Chennai, India

  • Address: No. 9 Boat Club Road, P.O.Box 3110, Chennai 600 028, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91/44 2430 1600
  • Website: http://www.chennai.diplo.de

New Delhi: German Embassy in New Delhi, India

  • Address: No. 6/50G, Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, 110021
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (0091-11) 44199 199
  • Website: http://www.new-delhi.diplo.de/Vertretung/newdelhi/en/02/Embassy.html

 

Greece

Mumbai: Honorary Consulate of Greece

  • Address: Baharestan, 30/A, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai 400 049, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (009122) 6607852

Chennai: Honorary Consulate of Greece

  • Address: 37 Sterling Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (009144) 8203663, 8200042

New Delhi: Embassy of Greece

  • Address: Dr S. Radhakrishnan Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (009111) 26880700-4

 

Hungary

New Delhi: Consular Office of Hungary/Embassy of Hungary

  • Address: 2/50-M, Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021
  • Email: [email protected], [email protected]
  • Phone: (91) 26114737, +91 9911453701
  • Website: http://www.mfa.gov.hu/emb/newdelhi

 

Iceland

New Delhi: Embassy of Iceland

  • Address: 10, Munirka Marg, Vasant Vihar, South West Delhi 110057 Delhi India
  • Phone: +91 011 4353 0300
  • Email: [email protected]

Mumbai: Consulate of Iceland

  • Address: 3rd Floor, Walton Road, Apollo Bandar, Mumbai 400001 Maharashtra India
  • Phone: +91 22 2288 6688 +91 22 2285 6161
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Italy

New Delhi: Embassy of Italy

  • Address: 50-E, Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110 021, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91 11 2611 4355
  • Website: http://www.ambnewdelhi.esteri.it

Kolkata: General Consulate of Italy

  • Address: 3, Raja Santosh Road – Calcutta 700027
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 00913324792414
  • Website: http://www.conscalcutta.esteri.it

Mumbai: General Consulate of Italy

  • Address: Kanchanjunga Building, 72 G. Deshmukh Road, Mumbai 400 026
  • Phone: 0091 2223804071
  • Website: http://www.consmumbai.esteri.it

 

Finland

Mumbai: Honorary Consulate of Finland

  • Address: Honorary Consulate of Finland, C305 Dharam Palace, ‘100-103 N S Patkar Marg, 400 007
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91-22- 66390033

 

Latvia

New Delhi: Honorary Consul-General

  • Address: 48/11, Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021
  • Email: l[email protected]
  • Phone: (91) 112 611 29 31

 

Liechtenstein

The Swiss Embassy represents Liechtenstein in India. All Schengen Visa applications to Liechtenstein will be processed at the Embassy of Switzerland.

 

Lithuania

New Delhi: Embassy of Lithuania

  • Address: D-129, Anand Niketan 110021 New Delhi India
  • Phone: +9111-4313-2200
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://in.mfa.lt

Mumbai: Consulate of Lithuania

  • Address: The Metropolitan Building, 6th Floor Bandra Kurla Complex Bandra (East) 400 051 Mumbai India
  • Phone: +9122-2657-1234
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Luxembourg

New Delhi: Embassy of Luxembourg

  • Address: 84, Jor Bagh 110003 New Delhi India
  • Phone: +9111-4998-6600
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://newdelhi.mae.lu

Kolkata: Consulate of Luxembourg

  • Address: 502, Mangalam-‘A’ 24, Hemanta Basu Sarani 700 001 Kolkata India
  • Phone: +9133-2262-2378, +9133-2230-8994, +9133-2230-4273, +9133-2243-5274
  • Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Chennai: Consulate of Luxembourg

  • Address: 2D South Gate, 17 Kasturi Rangan Road 600018 Chennai India
  • Phone: +9144-225-612, +9144-225-613
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Malta

New Delhi: Embassy of Malta

  • Address: N60, Panchsheel Park North, Panchsheel Park New Delhi 110017 Delhi India
  • Phone: +91 11 4767 4900
  • Email: [email protected]

Kolkata: Consulate of Malta

  • Address: 227, AJC Bose Road Kolkata 700020 West Bengal India
  • Phone: +91 33 2280 7240
  • Email: [email protected]

Chennai: Consulate of Malta

  • Address: Third Floor, Fagun Towers, VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore Nungambakkam 600008 Tamil Nadu India
  • Phone: +91 22 6786 6005
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Netherlands

Kolkata: Consulate of Netherlands

  • Address: 5, Rameshwar Shaw Road, Kolkata: 700014, India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91 33 2289-7676/7020

Chennai: Consulate of Netherlands

  • Address: 76, Venkata Krishan Road, Mandaveli, Chennai – 600 028, Tamil Nadu
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91 44 43535381

Mumbai: Consulate-General of Netherland

  • Address: ‘Forbes Building’, Charanjit Rai Marg, Mumbai 400001
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91 22 22194200

New Delhi: Royal Netherlands Embassy

  • Address: 6/50 F, Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91-11-24197600
  • Website: http://www.mfa.nl/nde-en/

 

Norway

Chennai: Royal Norwegian Consulate

  • Address: Harbour Gate House,, P.O. Box 1396, 44/45 Rajaji Road
  • Phone: 044-2524 5314,044-2523 2981,044-2523 2982,044-2523 2983
  • Website: http://www.norwayemb.org.in/Embassy/Contact-information/consul/

Mumbai: Royal Norwegian Consulate General

  • Address: 301-302 Orbit Plaza, New Prabhadevi Road, Behind Chaitanya Towers, Prabhadevi, 400025
  • PHONE: (91 22) 24389712, 9713, 9717
  • Website: http://www.norwayemb.org.in/Embassy/Contact-information/consul/

Kolkata: Royal Norwegian Consulate

  • Address: 64 Lake Place, 700 029
  • Phone: 033-24656280
  • Website: http://www.norwayemb.org.in/Embassy/Contact-information/consul/

New Delhi: Royal Norwegian Embassy

  • Address: 50-C, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, 110021
  • Phone: +91-11-4177-9200
  • Website: http://www.norwayemb.org.in/

 

Poland

Mumbai: Polish Consulate-General

New Delhi: Polish Embassy

  • Address: Chanakyapuri, 50-M Shantipath 110 021
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +911141496900
  • Website: http://www.newdelhi.polemb.net

 

Portugal

Goa: Consulate of Portugal

  • Address: Parwati – houses Nr. 38/39 Father Agnelo Road Altinho/Panjim 403001
  • Phone: +918322421524

New Delhi: Embassy of Portugal

  • Address: No.4, Panchsheel Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110021, New Delhi 110021
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91.11.2614.1106
  • Website: http://www.portugal-india.com

 

Slovakia

New Delhi: Embassy of the Slovak Republic

  • Address: 50M Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021 India
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: (+91) 11 2688 9071
  • Website: http://www.mzv.sk/Delhi

 

Slovenia

New Delhi: Embassy of Slovenia

  • Address: 46, Poorvi Marg, Vasant Vihar, 110057
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: +91-11-51662891

 

Spain

New Delhi: Spanish Embassy

 

Sweden

New Delhi: Embassy of Sweden

  • Address: 4-5 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India
  • Email: [email protected], [email protected]
  • Phone: +91 (11) 24197100
  • Website: http://www.swedenabroad.com/newdelhi

 

Switzerland

New Delhi: Embassy of Switzerland

  • Address: Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021 (P.O. Box 392), India
  • Email: [email protected],[email protected]
  • Phone: (+91 11) 2687 8372
    +91 11 2687 8534 (Trade)
    +91 11 2687 8537 (Visa)
  • Website: http://www.eda.admin.ch/newdelhi

 

What can you do if your visa application is rejected?

Not all visa applications are guaranteed approval and there are several reasons for this. However, if you have been refused a visa, you have the right to appeal. All appeals must be conducted against the final decisive Member State in accordance with the national law of the specified EU Member State.

You can appeal this decision by writing an appeal letter for Schengen visa refusal.