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1. Posted by kopinjol (Budding Member, 2 posts) 22 Apr '08 11:13

Hi,

I am a Student studying here at the U.S. on an F1 visa. I am an Indian citizen and want to take a trip to Italy this june. So I want to apply for a schengen visa but I am not very sure how to go about it. My online searches have left me confused since it seems that I have to apply for the visa through the italian consulate in India?? That seems like a hell of a lot of trouble! I am sure I am missing something. So if someone can point me in the right direction it would be a lot of help!

Thanks,
kopinjol

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 22 Apr '08 12:44

It is a requirement that you apply for the Schengen visa from the foreign mission of the country of your first point of entry within the Schengen zone. If you're flying into Italy first, then you must apply from them. There are many Italian consulates in the USA. You can apply for the visa from your country of residence, not origin. Check here: Where to apply for a visa

3. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 22 Apr '08 13:14

Ok, the problem is that you are looking for "Schengen visa for Indians" and thus you land on the site of the Italian embassy in India.

For Indians who hold residency in the US, Canada or the UK the process of applying for a Schengen visa is a bit different.

If I was you I would check out the website of the Italian embassy in London - there are plenty of Indians travelling from the UK to Italy each year and they should have more accurate information if the sites of the Italian consulates in the US fail you. But make no mistake: You still need to apply at the Italian consulate or embassy in the USA.

This site also has some good info:

http://www.esteri.it/MAE/EN/Ministero/Servizi/Stranieri/Visto_per_Italia.htm

According to this site you need:

[*] visa application form (click here)
[*] recent passport-style photo
[*] passport or travel document valid for at least three months after visa expiry date
[*] return-trip booking or ticket or proof of available means of personal transport
[*] proof of available lodging in Italy: tourist vouchers, hotel booking, offer of hospitality (click here)
[*] proof of economic means of support, as per Ministry of Interior Directive 1.3.2000 (lots of calculations)

For 14 days you need 550 EUR minimum (plus cost of the flight ticket).

[*] documentation of socio-professional standing (= how much do you earn in the USA)
[*] health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 for emergency hospital and repatriation expenses (Tip: ask the consulate which insurance company to use, they don't accept every insurance company.)

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 22, 2008, at 1:28 PM by t_maia ]

4. Posted by kopinjol (Budding Member, 2 posts) 23 Apr '08 12:32

Thank you all so much.

I am in fact trying to fly to frankfurt first and then take the TGV upto Florence. I found it is cheaper that way. So can I still apply for the schengen visa at the italian consulate, since I'll be spending almost my whole time there, or do I have to go to the German consulate? Somewhere online I think, I found that you only apply to the country of your main stay which in my case, will be italy.

Thanks again,
kopinjol

5. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru, 1754 posts) 23 Apr '08 12:48

Quoting kopinjol

Thank you all so much.

I am in fact trying to fly to frankfurt first and then take the TGV upto Florence. I found it is cheaper that way.

How do u take the TGV from Frankfurt to Florence

TGV trains are in France and Frankfurt has ICE trains. So ru planning to enter France also and moreover the TGV trains are quite expensive and u will also face the visa problems

The best way for u is to fly to Frankfurt and catch an easyjet or Air Berlin flight to Florence, in that even if u have the visa issued the Italian embassy, it wont be a problem as ur immediately flying out of Frankfurt

Wish u all the best
Arif

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 23 Apr '08 17:00

Quoting kopinjol

I am in fact trying to fly to frankfurt first and then take the TGV upto Florence. I found it is cheaper that way. So can I still apply for the schengen visa at the italian consulate, since I'll be spending almost my whole time there, or do I have to go to the German consulate? Somewhere online I think, I found that you only apply to the country of your main stay which in my case, will be italy.

Sorry for the confusion in my previous post above. Yes, you should apply for the visa from the country of your primary destination. If there's no primary destination, then you should apply from the country of your first point of entry. In your case, you have to apply from Italy since you'll be staying there for almost the entire trip.

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 23 Apr '08 17:04

Quoting arif_kool

TGV trains are in France and Frankfurt has ICE trains. So ru planning to enter France also and moreover the TGV trains are quite expensive and u will also face the visa problems

Why would he face visa problems? There is no border control inside the Schengen area.

8. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 23 Apr '08 20:24

Because the direct Frankfurt-Italy trains run via Switzerland which is not yet part of Schengen. Kopinjol needs to go to Munich first and change there to avoid going through Switzerland.

He also cannot fly from Frankfurt to Florence that easily. Florence has no airport. The nearest is in Pisa. There are cheap flights from Frankfurt-Hahn HHN airport to Pisa with Ryanair - but there need to be at least 5 hours between arrival at FRA and departure from HHN in order to make the connection.

9. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 23 Apr '08 20:33

Quoting t_maia

Because the direct Frankfurt-Italy trains run via Switzerland which is not yet part of Schengen. Kopinjol needs to go to Munich first and change there to avoid going through Switzerland.

Didn't know that the train runs through Switzerland. Kopinjol, get the Swiss visa as well if you want to take that train. But check with the train operator first to see if you need one for the ride. I think if the train is stopping in Switzerland just to pick up passengers and no immigration check is involved, you might not need a visa after all.

10. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru, 1754 posts) 23 Apr '08 23:12

Quoting Hien

Quoting t_maia

Because the direct Frankfurt-Italy trains run via Switzerland which is not yet part of Schengen. Kopinjol needs to go to Munich first and change there to avoid going through Switzerland.

Didn't know that the train runs through Switzerland. Kopinjol, get the Swiss visa as well if you want to take that train. But check with the train operator first to see if you need one for the ride. I think if the train is stopping in Switzerland just to pick up passengers and no immigration check is involved, you might not need a visa after all.

I also had faced the same problem last year while going from Frankfurt to Italy. As the trains passes through Switzerland, i needed a Swiss visa too. Hence i decided to skip the train and flew from Frankfurt to Pisa as Maria has mentioned:)