I am planning to go for a trip to europe (Schengen states) along with family (spouse and daughter) sometime later in the year. Here are certain points.
- I have travelled to US, Ireland and Germany (on work ), and UK and Schengen states ( as tourist ) in the past.
- I can demonstrate sufficient funds in terms of cash, own house and other savings done for this trip. The money is more than enough to cover up the cost of the trip.
- Also have relative in germany who could provide the sponsership letter for stay in Germany.
- I am planning to do this trip on my own , rather than a conducted/organizsed tour.
Even before doing all the reservations and itinenary planning, I was trying to figure out how difficult it is to get of a Schengen visa considering I am not going through a travel company. While in Ireland I had applied and secured a Schengen tourist visa, will this have a positive impact on getting a visa a second time to the Schengen states.I am aware of the documentary evidence required namely salary slips, employment letter etc.
Getting a Schengen visa is not that difficult, also if u have already obtained such visa in the past, that should not be a problem.
Besides the documents that u have mentioned, the embassy people look for the following basic things:
1. Medical Insurance for the period of ur stay
2. Confirmed hotel booking or sponsership letter is a must.
3. if u r working, a letter confirming that leave has been granted for ur travel period and that u would return to work after the holiday period.
4. Attach as much evidence of funds as u can, like shares, mutual fund, PPF, bank account.
I recently got a Schengen visa for a visit of 10 days, i had gone personally and the embassy lady asked a few questions and i easily got through.
Cheers and have a nice trip
Apart from the documents that Arif mentioned, ensure that u apply in the right embassy for ur visa.
The application should be made in the embassy of the country where u intend to stay for the maximum period and if the period of stay is equal for different countries, then u need to apply in the country where u r landing first.
I strongly agree with arif_kool and runah..
Now a days it is not that difficult to get schengen visa if you provide the proper documents and show your
intention of returning and have confirmed hotel booking.
Thanks for replying to my earlier post on "Schengen visa for Indian National".
Needed some further clarifications.
Basically for travel into Europe from India, then internal travel in europe, and hotel reservations in different places, how does one manage to get them done before going for your visa interview. My question is, since we are not gauranteed of gettting a visa, but we need reservations before applying for visa, how can we ensure we do not end up lossing money (not too much !!! ) if visa is not issued (). Refundable and cancelable fares for airlines,hotel reservations and travelling in europe are quite high.
I hope I am able to make my point clear.
U dont require the air tickets for europe internal travel before ur visa interview. If u r asked u can just say that u would go by trains within Europe.
As for hotel reservations, just book the hotels on any of sites available, they dont charge u anything beforehand and a deadline is given for cancellation. If u cancel in time u wont be charged anything, so if u dont get the visa, u can very well cancel the booking and u wont loose anything as u have not paid anything.
But i am sure u would get the necessary visa. All the best