Planning a Europe trip? Plan better with these tips

IANS | Mar 04, 2020, 04:29 PM IST

If you are one of the lucky ones heading away on an amazing adventure to Europe, you aren't the only one. An increasing number of Indians are travelling to beautiful Europe, thanks to the new guidelines of Schengen visa.

Schengen visa
A Schengen visa is undeniably one of the most imperative entry keys to Europe. Obtaining a Schengen visa by any of the 26 Schengen area member countries consents a visa holder to enter, travel within, and egress the Schengen territory from any of the member countries.

Number of Schengen visa applications from India is among the highest in the world and Spain is one of the preferred Schengen destinations which witness a huge number of influxes from India. One of the probable reasons behind this immense footfall is India not being amongst the visa-exempt nations for the Schengen. Shikhar Aggarwal, JMD, BLS International writes some common things to consider while applying for a Schengen visa from India:

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Schengen visa rules

Schengen visa rules

1. As per the recent changes in the Schengen visa rules, applicants can now apply for the visa in 6 months advance, this allows you to plan your trip in advance. (Photo: Reuters)

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Port of entry

Port of entry

2. Know your port of entry and the visiting nation in the Schengen territory. Accordingly, you have to apply for a visa to the embassy of the respective country. (Photo: Pixabay)

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Purpose of visit

Purpose of visit

3. Knowing your purpose of visit is another point of consideration for Schengen visa applicants. This helps you know which visa category you are entitled for. Once your purpose of visiting tallies your support, you are permitted to apply for Schengen or National visa.

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Number of entries

Number of entries

4. Next comes in the number of entries. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of Schengen visa is the number of entries you are granted. Usually, there is single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry visa categories that one can apply as per the eligibility.

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Documents and fees

Documents and fees

5. Attend the appointment as per scheduled slot carrying all the documents and required fees.

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Biometrics

Biometrics

6. All applicants for Schengen visa must submit their biometrics, which is obligatory if not given in last 59 months.

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Processing time

Processing time

7. The processing time of Schengen visa is usually within 15 working days. However, under certain scenarios, it may take 30-60 days. The final decision to approve/delay/reject an application is at the discretion of the embassy.

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Visa services agencies

Visa services agencies

Although preparing for a holiday is not without its challenges, to make sure you get to your destination smoothly with as little stress as possible, visa services agencies are offering a plethora of services. They are designed to suit the evolving requirements of the new-age traveller, and to make the visa application process more convenient, exclusive, personalised, time saving and hassle-free.