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Schengen VISA

A Schengen Visa is an official document handed out by the Embassy of the country of destination. This visa allows the passenger to enter all countries who are part of the Schengen agreement. These countries are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain , Sweden and

Austria Germany Netherlands
Belgium Greece Norway
Denmark Iceland Portugal
Finland Italy Tourist Visa Spain
France Luxembourg Sweden

Czech Republic Hungary Estonia
Latvia Lithuania Malta
Poland Slovakia Slovenia

However, not everybody needs a Schengen Visa to enter these countries. Please read through the following document explaining who is required to have this travel document or not.

Please note that the UK and Ireland are not a part of the Schengen agreement.

About the Schengen VISA

Effective March 26, 1995 the Schengen agreement has been implemented. The Agreement is to remove immigration control for travel within the collective territories of the member states. This creates a 'borderless' area known as the 'Schengen area'. Therefore, travel between above mentioned countries will in principle be without document check.

Passengers who need visa for one or more Schengen states to which they are ticketed and whose final destination is a Schengen state for which they do not need a visa, must NEVERTHELESS travel with a 'Schengen Visa'.

Moreover, TWOV (Transit without Visa) is NOT possible anymore for transiting in more than 1 Schengen country, because the passenger is then entering the Schengen territory for one or more Schengen states as from now NEED A VISA AT ALL TIMES.

Schengen visas should be obtained prior to arrival in the Schengen territory.

Nationals of the following countries DO NOT need a visa to enter Belgium or Luxemburg:

  1. Nationals of Belgium or Europe EEC shengen members
  2. British subjects holding passports endorsed 'British Citizen'. If passport is endorsed:
    • 'British Dependent Territories Citizen' or
    • 'British Overseas Citizen'
    the passport must also bear endorsement 'holder is entitled to readmission into the UK' or proof of readmittance to country of passport issuance.
  3. Nationals of:
    • Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City, Venezuela.
  4. Holders of Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR.

Nationals of other countries DO NEED A SCHENGEN VISA!


FAQ

What is the Schengen agreement about?
Effective March 26, 1995 the Schengen agreement has been implemented. The aim is to remove immigration control for travel within the collective territories of the member states.

This creates a 'border-less' region known as the 'Schengen area'. Travel between Schengen countries will in principle be without document check. Only at the external borders (incl. international airports) of the Schengen area document checks will be performed.

Which countries belong to the Schengen area?  SEE BELOW PAGE TABLE

The Schengen countries are (as from 25 March 2010)

The full Schengen members are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden (but not Ireland and the United Kingdom) plus Iceland and Norway (which are not EU members).

 

Cyprus which joined the EU in 2004 and Bulgaria and Romania which joined in 2007 do not yet fully participate in Schengen. You will therefore need a valid passport or ID card to travel to those countries and to Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Switzerland is the newest member of the Schengen area. Switzerland has been cooperating with the Schengen zone and started implementing rules on December 12, 2008. 

What is a Schengen visa?
A Schengen Visa is an official document handed out by the embassy of the country of destination. This visa allows the passenger to enter some or all countries part of the Schengen area.

Schengen visas should be obtained prior to arrival in the Schengen territory.

There are 6 kinds of Schengen visa:

  1. Airside transit visit-ATV "Type A"
    This visa is required for those nationals who cannot use the Transit Without Visa-facility at all, being in direct transit in a Schengen airport when arriving, and departing from/to Non-Schengen countries. In no way does this visa gives access to the Schengen territory, it is only valid during the transit. Of course, people in possession of a type visa B, C, or D do not need the Type A visa.
  2. Transit Visa "Type B"
    This visa is issued for a passenger making a transit in the Schengen territory which is exceeding the allowed transit-time and for passengers who are transiting in more than 1 Schengen airport. This visa allows a limited stay (indicated in the visa) in the Schengen area.
  3. Visa for a short stay or travel visa "Type C"
    This visa is valid for a maximum of 3 months, as indicated in the "Duration of Stay". It is the common "Schengen visa"
  4. Visa for a long stay "Type D"
    This visa is valid for a stay of more than 3 months. It is always valid for 1 Schengen-country and authorises the foreigner to transit by a Schengen-country, different than the country of final destination
  5. Visa with limited territorial validity. L.T.V. (whether type A, B, or C)
    This visa is only valid for the Schengen country mentioned in the "Valid for" box. The entry and the departure from the Schengen area has to happen in the country mentioned in this box (with the exception of type D)
  6. Collective visa
    This visa is delivered to passengers travelling in group. It is delivered to the responsible of the group and is valid for all passengers indicated on the visa.
Does everybody need a Schengen visa to enter the Schengen Area?
No, there are exceptions.

For more details and confirmation about the visa requirements, you must contact the embassies or consulates of the concerned Schengen countries.

Passengers who do not have the required visa, will be denied to board the aircraft. It is the passenger's responsibility to have all documents (identity card, passport, visa) which are required by the concerned States.

I am flying with Virgin Express from London to Brussels (Belgium), which is my final destination. Do I need a Schengen visa?
Yes, you need a Schengen Visa, unless you are
  • a national of  Europe shengen members
  • a British national holding a passport endorsed 'British Citizen'
    If your passport is endorsed
    • 'Dependent Territories Citizen' or
    • 'British Overseas Citizen'
    your passport must also bear endorsement 'holder is entitled to readmission into the UK' or proof of re-admittance to country of passport issuance.
  • a national of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City, Venezuela.
  • Holders of Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR

Nationals of all other countries DO NEED a Schengen Visa.

For more details and confirmation about the visa requirements, you must contact the embassies or consulates of the concerned Schengen countries.

I am flying from London to a Schengen country. However, it is not a direct flight but I will be transiting through Brussels. Do I need a Schengen visa?
You must travel with a Schengen Visa, when you need a visa for
  • the Schengen country of your final destination
  • the Schengen country you are transiting
  • the country of your final destination and the Schengen country you are transiting

For more details and confirmation about the visa requirements, you must contact the embassies or consulates of the concerned Schengen countries.

I am travelling from a non-Schengen country to my final destination. However, I will be transiting via two or more airports in the Schengen area before I reach my final destination. Do I need a Schengen visa?
Regardless if your final destination is situated in the Schengen area or not, TWOV (Transit without Visa) is NOT possible anymore for transiting in more than 1 Schengen country, because the passenger is then entering the Schengen territory (borderless). As a result, all nationals of states who require a visa for one or more Schengen states need a visa AT ALL TIMES.

For more details and confirmation about the visa requirements, you must contact the embassies or consulates of the concerned Schengen countries.

 

JOINT LIST OF THIRD COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A VISA BY MEMBER STATES BOUND BY COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) NO 539/2001, AS AMENDED BY REGULATION (EC) NO 2414/2001, REGULATION (EC) NO 453/2003 AND REGULATION (EC) NO 1932/2006

 

AFGHANISTAN 

GEORGIA 

PALAU 

ALBANIA 

GHANA 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

ALGERIA 

GRENADA 

PERU 

ANGOLA 

GUINEA 

PHILIPPINES 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA (2)

GUINEA-BISSAU 

QATAR 

ARMENIA 

GUYANA 

RUSSIA 

AZERBAIJAN 

HAITI 

RWANDA 

BAHAMAS (2)

INDIA 

SAMOA 

BAHRAIN 

INDONESIA 

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 

BANGLADESH 

IRAN 

SAUDI ARABIA 

BARBADOS (2)

IRAQ 

SENEGAL 

BELARUS 

JAMAICA 

SERBIA

BELIZE 

JORDAN 

SEYCHELLES (2)

BENIN 

KAZAKHSTAN 

SIERRA LEONE

BHUTAN 

KENYA 

SOLOMON ISLANDS 

BOLIVIA (1)

KIRIBATI 

SOMALIA 

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

KUWAIT 

SOUTH AFRICA 

BOTSWANA 

KYRGYZSTAN 

SRI LANKA 

BURKINA FASO 

LAOS 

ST KITTS AND NEVIS (2) 

BURMA/MYANMAR

LEBANON 

ST LUCIA 

BURUNDI 

LESOTHO 

ST VINCENT AND THEGRENADINES

CAMBODIA 

LIBERIA 

SUDAN 

CAMEROON 

LIBYA 

SURINAME 

CAPE VERDE 

MADAGASCAR 

SWAZILAND 

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 

MALAWI 

SYRIA 

CHAD 

MALDIVES 

TAJIKISTAN 

CHINA 

MALI 

TANZANIA 

COLOMBIA 

MARSHALL ISLANDS 

THAILAND 

COMOROS 

MAURITANIA 

TIMOR-LESTE

CONGO 

MAURITIUS (2)

TOGO 

COTE D'IVOIRE

MICRONESIA 

TONGA 

CUBA 

MOLDOVA 

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OFCONGO

MONGOLIA 

TUNISIA 

DJIBOUTI 

MONTENEGRO

TURKEY 

DOMINICA 

MOROCCO 

TURKMENISTAN 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

MOZAMBIQUE 

TUVALU 

ECUADOR 

NAMIBIA 

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EGYPT 

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UKRAINE 

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NEPAL 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

ERITREA 

NIGER 

UZBEKISTAN 

ETHIOPIA 

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VANUATU 

FIJI 

NORTH KOREA 

VIETNAM 

FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA 

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YEMEN 

GABON 

OMAN 

ZAMBIA 

GAMBIA 

PAKISTAN 

ZIMBABWE 

 

ENTITIES AND TERRITORIAL AUTHORITIES NOT RECOGNISED AS STATES BY AT LEAST    ONE MEMBER STATE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

TAIWAN 

 

BRITISH CITIZENS WHO ARE NOT NATIONALS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT  BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND FOR THE PURPOSES OF COMMUNITY LAW

BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES CITIZENS WHO DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN THEUNITED KINGDOM

BRITISH OVERSEAS CITIZENS

BRITISH SUBJECTS WHO DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

BRITISH PROTECTED PERSONS

 

(1) Member States shall apply the visa requirement for Bolivian nationals with effect from 1 April 2007

 

(2) Member States shall apply the exemption from the visa requirement for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Mauritius, Saint Kitts and Nevis and the Seychelles from the date of entry into force of an agreement on visa exemptions to be concluded by the European Community with the third country in question.