Have you decided to travel to Europe but don’t know how to apply for a Schengen Visa? 

You should not be worried about it.

Unfortunately, every Schengen Visa applicant has to face this problem. 

The information available on the Internet concerning the Schengen Visa requirements is too generic and sometimes even contradictory. 

Most Embassies’ official websites do not provide a comprehensive list of Schengen Visa required documents. 

Moreover, the Visa requirements vary according to the Schengen Member States and the applicant’s travel purpose, personal situation, and funding source.

For example, a Member State may deem a document mandatory, while another may consider it optional. 

Notwithstanding the lack of information about the Schengen Visa requirements available on Embassies’ official websites, we have great news!

Our team has worked hard and put a lot of effort into creating a complete list of Visa required documents to help you out with your application. 

Note: Before reading this post, we recommend ensuring you actually need a Schengen Visa to travel to Europe.

Citizens of countries outside the European Union may be eligible for a Schengen Visa or an ETIAS travel authorisation that grants you access to the Visa Waiver Countries. 

However, please note that some foreign passport holders can still enjoy a Visa-free regime, but the Visa waiver agreement will replace it by the end of 2022.

Please also note that the requirements listed below concern mostly the type-C Schengen Visa (that allows travellers to spend up to 90 days in Europe).

Table of contents:

  1. Schengen Visa application: Conditional requirements
  2. Schengen Visa requirements according to your source of income

2.1. If you are employed

2.2. If you are self-employed

2.3. If you are retired

  1. Schengen Visa requirements according to your source of funding
  2. Schengen Visa requirements according to your personal situation & travel purpose 

4.1. You are travelling for tourism

4.2. You need a Schengen Visa for airport transit 

4.3. You are travelling for business purposes

4.4. You are travelling for studies

4.5. You are travelling for medical purposes

4.6. You plan on visiting relatives and friends (EU citizens or residents)

4.7. You will be attending a short training course

4.8. You are a minor or will be travelling with minors

4.9. You are travelling for employment purposes

4.10. You want to join your spouse residing in the EU

4.11. You will participate in religious, sports, or cultural events

1. Schengen Visa Application: Conditional Requirements

Man Preparing The Schengen Visa Requirements

Applying for a Schengen Visa means submitting specific documents as part of the application process. 

Some of them are mandatory standard documents (e.g., your passport), while others depend on your travel purpose. 

Even if some documents are optional, we recommend submitting them as they can speed up your application process and increase your chances of approval. 

In the table below, you will find the Schengen Visa documents that every Visa applicant should submit (regardless of their source of income and funding, personal situation, and travel purpose). 

Visa application formMandatory
Two photosMandatory
Valid passportMandatory
Older passports with Schengen Visas on them (if applicable)Mandatory
Proof of transportMandatory
Travel insuranceMandatory
Proof of accommodationMandatory
Proof of financial meansMandatory
Copies of all documentsMandatory
Cover letterMandatory
Proof of paid Visa fee**unless you are exempt from paying the Visa feeMandatory
Civil status proofMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
Utility billOptional
Certified copy of the passportOptional
Certified copy of the birth certificateOptional

Below you will find relevant details concerning each Schengen Visa conditional requirement:

Schengen Visa application form 

The application form must contain relevant information about you and your trip (e.g., your full name, date and place of birth, type of travel document, travel purpose, etc.). 

Embassies need the form to organise and structure the applicants’ personal information and travel details.

Two recently taken photos

You must submit two passport-type coloured photos with 35mm x 45mm (width x height) external dimensions. 

The photos must fulfil specific requirements (e.g. neutral expression, closed mouth, no head coverings, light coloured background, professional image, etc.).  

A valid travel passport

Please note that your passport must not be older than ten years and must be valid for at least three more months beyond the date you plan to leave the Schengen Zone. 

You must also ensure that your passport has at least two blank pages where the Embassy officers can apply the Schengen Visa sticker.

The most common passports are ordinary passports, but there are different passports that Schengen Embassies accept. 

For example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland has published a list of travel documents accepted when travelling to Finland.  

Older passports with Schengen Visas on them (if you have any)

If you have any old passport containing a Schengen Visa that you received previously, you must submit it. 

Alternatively, you can submit copies of your previous Schengen Visas (in case you don’t have your old passports anymore).

Proof of transport

The most common Schengen Visa proof of transport is a flight reservation or booking that contains valid flight numbers. 

However, you must provide proof of transport even if you plan to travel by other means of transport (e.g., ferry or bus tickets, car rental receipt, etc.). 

Alternatively, you can provide evidence of travel arrangements that include proof of transport (e.g., pre-paid tour).

Schengen Visa insurance 

Schengen Visa travel health insurance has to cover emergency medical evacuation and health care costs incurred while travelling within the Schengen States. 

However, the insurance policies can also cover unexpected travel situations, such as trip interruption and cancellation or lost baggage. 

To meet the Schengen Visa Insurance policy requirements, you must have insurance with a minimum of 30,000 euros coverage for expenses necessary for emergency medical treatment or repatriation. 

Proof of accommodation 

You must submit documents that show where you will have accommodation during your stay in the Schengen Zone. 

You can submit one of the following accommodation documents:

Hotel reservations – They are the most common proof of accommodation.

An accommodation sponsorship letter – This letter proves you will be staying at the house of a friend or relative.

Rental agreement – A rental agreement confirms you have rented a room or apartment in a Schengen country.

→ Travel arrangements – For example, you can submit proof of a pre-paid tour that includes accommodation.

Proof of financial means 

You must bring evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself financially during your stay in the Schengen Area. 

You can prove your financial means by submitting: 

Your bank account statements of your last 6 months – Your bank statements must prove you have a specific amount of money available for each day you spend within the Schengen Zone. For further information, please check out our financial means test

Note: If you hold a joint account, we strongly recommend submitting a joint account approval letter.  

A sponsorship letter from someone who will support your trip – In this case, you must submit a letter written and signed by your sponsor that confirms they will be financially supporting your journey. The letter must be accompanied by the bank statements of the last 6 months of your sponsor.

A combination of your last 6 months of bank account statements and a letter of sponsorship – This requirement is mandatory if someone will support your trip partially.

Copies of all documents

You must submit A4 format copies of all of your documents listed above, outside of the photos and the Visa form. 

Please note that your passport copy must include all the pages with previous Visas and travel stamps of any type (and not just the front page).

Cover letter

A Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter written by you that provides additional information concerning your trip and your intentions to return to your country of residence. 

The cover letter acts as a personal introduction. It shows the Embassy/Consulate officers a summary of your application (e.g., travel dates, the reason you want to travel to a specific Schengen country, employment background, etc.). 

Proof of paid visa fee

The Schengen Visa requires a fee of €80 for adults and €40 for children from 6 to 11 years. 

However, some applicants can get a free of change Schengen Visa. For further details about the Schengen Visa fees, please visit this link.

Utility bill

Submitting a utility bill (e.g., electricity, gas, water and sewage, waste, internet, telephone bill, etc.) is optional. 

However, a utility bill can bring additional proof of your identity and residence (as long as it is under your name). 

Important: The utility bill is mandatory if the Embassy requires proof of address and you have no other document that can prove your address in your home country (such as an ID card showing your home address).

Certified copy of your passport

This document proves your passport copy is an accurate reproduction of your original passport. 

Submitting a certified copy of your passport signed and attested by a public official can speed up your Schengen Visa application process. 

Certified copy of the birth certificate

The certified copy of your birth certificate can bring additional proof of identity.

We recommend you read this guide, as there are specific situations when submitting the original birth certificate (and not just a copy) is mandatory. 

For example, you must submit your original birth certificate if your surname at birth has changed.    

Proof of civil status

By proof of civil status, most Embassies mean a marriage certificate (or, at least, a certified copy of the marriage certificate).

Proof of civil status is also a divorce certificate or another civil status document. 

Still, Embassies are more interested in proving that you are married (because a marriage can create strong ties between you and your home country, meaning you have strong reasons to return from Europe and not overstay your Visa).

 For this reason, we strongly recommend you submit your marriage certificate (if married). If you have children, you can also submit their birth certificates to bring proof of your rootedness.

2. Schengen Visa Requirements According To Your Source Of Income

Schengen Visa Requirements For Employees

Outside of the requirements listed above, you must also submit specific documents according to your source of income.

Please note that some of them are mandatory for all Schengen Member States, while others are optional. 

Important: You can also submit other regular income statements that prove you have extra income (if applicable).

2.1. If You Are Employed

If you work for an employer in your country of residence, you must submit the following documents:

Employment contract

No matter what type of employment contract you have, submitting it is mandatory. For example, you can have a permanent, fixed-term, or casual employment contract.

Leave permission from the employer

An employer leave permission is a document stating an employee has received permission to be away from work for a specific period.

For example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia requires a “vacation confirmation” for the Schengen Visa application (meaning a “leave permission” or leave of absence from an employer).

The last 6 months payslips or salary slips

A payslip shows the summary of your earnings and deductions. You should submit your payslips for the last 6 months. 

Your payslips allow the Embassy officers to review your income and ability to cover your travel costs.

Income Tax Return for the last 3 years

A Personal Income Tax Return (ITR) is a form submitted to a federal, state, or local taxing agency to report income and calculate taxes. 

We recommend you submit your Income Tax Return for the last 3 years.

No Objection Certificate (NOC) letter from employer

A No Objection Certificate (NOC) Letter is a document written by an employer stating that the company has no objection towards an employee taking a specific period off to travel to the Schengen Area. 

Certificate of Employment (COE)

A Certificate of Employment (COE) is an employment letter containing relevant information about your employment experience in a company (e.g., your salary, how long you’ve been working for the company, etc.)

2.2. If You Are Self-Employed

If you are self-employed, you must submit the following documents:

A copy of your business license

You should submit a copy of the permit issued by your country of residence’s government agency, showing you are allowed to conduct business.

We recommend you submit a certified copy of your business license and not an ordinary one.

Company Income Tax Return for the last 3 years

A Company Income Tax Return is a form submitted to a federal, state or local taxing agency to calculate and pay taxes and report income for a company (not an individual).

Business registration certificate

A Company Registration Certificate is a document that shows the authorities in your country of residence have legally registered your company.

Business income certificates

A Business Income Certificate (Income Statement or Profit and Loss Statement) is a document showing your company’s overall profit and loss during a specific period.  

Company bank statement for the last 6 months

You must submit your Company Bank Statements for the last six months that show the summary of the transactions in your business bank account.

All documents an employee must submit

All of the documents listed above in the ‘Requirements for an Employee’ must be submitted (if available). For example, you should submit your payslips for the last 6 months.

2.3. If You Are Retired

If you are retired and want to travel to the Schengen Area, you must submit the following documents:

Pension statements for the last 6 months

A pension statement is a document sent by a pension provider that shows you how much money or benefits you have in your pension for each month. 

You must submit your pension statement for the last 6 months. 

3. Schengen Visa Requirements According To Your Source Of Funding

Meeting The Financial Schengen Visa Requirements

The Schengen Visa application requirements vary according to the source of funding for your trip. 

A funding source relates to how you are planning to cover the costs for your trip, such as hotels, accommodation, food, sights and tours, etc.

You are self-funded 

If you are self-funded, you have enough money to pay for all of the expenses during your trip to the Schengen Area. 

If you can cover all of the expenses yourself, it means that:

You are employed, self-employed, or retired: In this case, you must submit all the documents listed above corresponding to your situation (Schengen Visa requirements according to your source of income). 

You are neither (self) employed nor retired. Still, you can cover all of the expenses by yourself: This is not a very common situation among Schengen Visa applicants. However, if this applies to you, your bank statements of the last 6 months (see “Conditional requirements – Proof of financial means”) must show you have enough money in your account for each day you spend within the Schengen Area.

You have a sponsor

Having a sponsor means that someone else will pay for all of your expenses during your trip to the Schengen Area (e.g., transport, accommodation, etc.). 

In this case, one of the situations below may apply to you:

A non EU citizen or resident will pay for all of your expenses – In this case, you must submit:

○ The bank statements of the last 6 months of your sponsor 

○ A sponsorship letter that was written and signed by your sponsor confirming they will be covering all of the necessary expenses for your trip

○ A copy of the ID/Passport of your sponsor

○ Documents showing your degree of kinship or relationship (e.g., marriage or birth certificate) 

An EU citizen or resident will sponsor your trip – In this case, you must submit: 

○ The bank statements of the last 6 months of your sponsor

○ A sponsorship letter that was written and signed by your sponsor confirming they will cover all of the necessary expenses (including the accommodation, if applicable)

○ A copy of the ID/Passport of your sponsor

○ A copy of the residence permit of your sponsor (if applicable) 

○ Proof of address of your sponsor (e.g., a utility bill or rental agreement)

○ Documents showing your degree of kinship or relationship (e.g., marriage or birth certificate) 

○ Your sponsor’s approved leave of absence (if they plan to take time off during your stay in Europe. However, this document is optional for most Embassies.)

You have a sponsor, but you fund your trip partially

If you plan on paying for your trip partially, you must submit proof of your financial means as well as proof of your sponsor’s financial means.

To know what documents you must submit in this situation, please read the sections above Schengen Visa requirements if you are self-funded and Schengen Visa requirements if you have a sponsor. 

4. Schengen Visa Requirements According To Your Personal Situation & Travel Purpose

Schengen Visa Requirements For Tourists

When applying for your Visa, you must submit additional documents related to your situation and travel purpose.

4.1. You Are Travelling For Tourism

If you are a tourist, make sure you include in your application the following document:

Travel itinerary: A day-to-day travel itinerary is a schedule including details about your flight itinerary, hotel reservations, destinations and means of transportation to move between those destinations and activities planned while visiting the Schengen Countries. 

The table below contains the complete list of documents you must submit to the Embassy if you are employed and travel for tourism purposes (which is one of the most common situations for Schengen Visa applicants):

Visa application formMandatory
Two photosMandatory
Valid passportMandatory
Older passports with Schengen Visas on them (if applicable)Mandatory
Proof of transportMandatory
Travel insuranceMandatory
Proof of accommodation Mandatory
Proof of financial meansMandatory
Copies of all documentsMandatory
Cover letterMandatory
Proof of paid Visa feeMandatory
Employment contractMandatory
Leave permission from the employerMandatory
Income Tax ReturnMandatory
Civil status proofMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
No Objection Certificate (NOC) letter from employerMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
Certificate of Employment (COE)Mandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
Payslips/Salary slipsMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
Day-to-day travel itineraryMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
Utility bill Optional
Certified copy of the passportOptional
Certified copy of the birth certificateOptional

4.2. You Need A Schengen Visa For Airport Transit

If you need an Airport Transit Visa, you must submit the following additional documents:

A valid visa for your final destination (if required) 

The flight ticket for your final destination

If you are applying for an Airport Transit Schengen Visa, you will find in the table below all the required documents that you must submit to the Embassy:

Visa application form 
Two photos
Valid passport
Older passports with Schengen Visas on them (if applicable)
Flight reservations or bookings (including the flight ticket for the final non-Schengen country that is your final destination)
Copies of all documents
Proof of financial means
Cover letter
Proof of paid Visa fee
Valid Visa for your final destination (if applicable)

Important note: To issue the Airport Transit Schengen visa, some Embassies deem employment background documents mandatory, while others no.

However, we strongly recommend submitting documents proving your income source (please read the section above – “Schengen Visa requirements according to your source of income”).   

For example, if you are employed, we recommend submitting all the additional documents required to employed applicants. 

4.3. You Are Travelling For Business Purposes

If you travel for business purposes, you must submit the following additional documents:

Business invitation letter: A business invitation letter is a letter written by the inviting company located in the Schengen Area. The letter must be faxed to the Embassy where you are applying. 

Your business invitation letter has to appear as an invitation to attend meetings or other relevant business events. If the inviting company covers your expenses during your trip, they must mention it in the invitation letter. 

Proof of previous trade relations between the two companies: This document is optional for some embassies. However, you can submit evidence of prior business events that gathered both companies’ representatives (the company that invited you to the Schengen Area and the company you work for located in your country of residence).

Business registration certificate: Some Embassies may require a copy of the inviting Schengen company’s business registration certificate.  

Below you will find the complete list of documents requested to employed applicants travelling for business purposes:

Visa application formMandatory
Two photosMandatory
Valid passportMandatory
Older passports with Schengen Visas on them (if applicable)Mandatory
Proof of transportMandatory
Travel insuranceMandatory
Proof of accommodation Mandatory
Proof of financial meansMandatory
Copies of all documentsMandatory
Proof of paid Visa feeMandatory
Employment contractMandatory
Leave permission from the employerMandatory
Income Tax ReturnMandatory
Cover letterMandatory
Business invitation letterMandatory
Civil status proofMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
Proof of previous trade relations between the two companiesMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
No Objection Certificate (NOC) letter from employerMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
Certificate of Employment (COE)Mandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
Payslips/Salary slipsMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
Inviting company’s business registration certificateMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
Utility bill Optional
Certified copy of the passportOptional
Certified copy of the birth certificateOptional

4.4. You Are Travelling For Studies

If you are a pupil or student travelling to the Schengen Area to study, you must provide the following documents:

One additional application form

Letter of acceptance at an EU University/College/School: A letter of acceptance is an official letter stating that a University, College, or School located in a European Country has accepted you as a student. 

Proof of academic qualifications: You must submit your diplomas and academic records (potentially, your attestation of the application for equivalence or decision/dispatch of equivalence).

No Objection Certificate (NOC) Letter from School or University: A NOC Letter for Students is a letter stating that your School or University has no objection towards you travelling to the Schengen Area.

Proof of School Enrolment: If you are currently enrolled in a course of studies in your country of residence, you must submit Proof of School Enrolment. The letter must outline that you are currently attending a course of study for a specific school or academic year.  

You can also submit a document that proves you get a scholarship to bring evidence of financial means, but the scholarship must cover a minimum of 631€/month.

Below you will find the complete list of documents that students must submit when applying for a Schengen Visa.

Important note: If you are a minor, you must provide additional mandatory documents required to minors. We haven’t included these documents in the table below (in this case, please check below “Schengen Visa requirements if you are a minor).   

Two application formsMandatory
Two photosMandatory
Valid passportMandatory
Older passports with Schengen Visas on them (if applicable)Mandatory
Proof of transportMandatory
Travel insuranceMandatory
Proof of accommodation Mandatory
Proof of financial meansMandatory
Copies of all documentsMandatory
Cover letterMandatory
Proof of paid Visa feeMandatory
Letter of acceptance at a EU College/University/SchoolMandatory
Proof of academic qualificationsMandatory
Proof of School EnrolmentMandatory
Civil status proofMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
No Objection Certificate (NOC) Letter from College/University/SchoolMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others
Utility bill Optional
Certified copy of the passportOptional
Certified copy of the birth certificateOptional

4.5. You Are Travelling For Medical Purposes

If you need to get a Schengen Visa for medical reasons, you must provide the following additional documents:

A letter from a doctor/clinic/hospital in your country of residence: The letter must outline that you need medical treatment and why you need it.

Invitation letter from a doctor/clinic/hospital located in a Schengen country: Your official letter of invitation must confirm your treatment in an EU medical institution.

For example, you can find the list of documents requested by the Embassy of Hungary in Baku to individuals applying for a Schengen Visa for medical purposes here.  

Important: You can provide proof of accommodation in the EU Clinic/Hospital (if applicable). For example, the clinic or hospital representatives where you will receive medical treatment can highlight that you will stay at the clinic/hospital in their official letter addressed to the Embassy. 

You must also prove that you have sufficient financial means to pay the medical expenses and other expenses related to your treatment.

For example, outside of the standard proof of financial means (your bank statements or the ones of your sponsor), you can provide proof of advance payment for the treatment. 

Alternatively, you can submit a Verbal Note from the Ministry of Health in your country of residence stating that the government of your country of residence will pay for your medical treatment. 

Below you will find the complete list of documents requested to applicants travelling for medical purposes:

Visa application formMandatory
Two photosMandatory
Valid passportMandatory
Older passports with Schengen Visas on them (if applicable)Mandatory
Proof of transportMandatory
Travel insuranceMandatory
Proof of accommodation Mandatory
Proof of financial meansMandatory
Copies of all documentsMandatory
Cover letterMandatory
Proof of paid Visa feeMandatory
Letter from a doctor/clinic/hospital in your country of residenceMandatory
Invitation letter from a doctor/clinic/hospital located in a Schengen CountryMandatory
Utility bill Optional
Certified copy of the passportOptional
Certified copy of the birth certificateOptional
Civil status proofMandatory for some Embassies/Consulates and optional for others

4.6. You Plan On Visiting Relatives And Friends (EU Citizens Or Residents)

If you plan on visiting your family members or friends (assuming that they will not provide you with accommodation – otherwise, please check “Schengen Visa requirements according to your source of funding”), you must provide:

Invitation letter: The invitation letter must be written by a friend or family member and state that they know you and will meet you during your journey within the Schengen Area.

Copy of the ID/passport/residence permit of your friends or relatives

Proof of address of your friends/relatives: You can submit a document showing that they are residing in the Schengen Area, such as a rental agreement or a utility bill under their name.

Documents proving your degree of kinship of your relationship: For example, if you plan on visiting a close relative (e.g., your sibling), you can submit copies of your birth certificates.

4.7. You Will Be Attending A Short Training Course

If you are travelling to attend a short-term educational training course or program (in case you are not a student – otherwise, please check Schengen Visa requirements if you travel for study purposes), you must submit the following additional documents:

Enrollment certificate: Your enrolment certificate must outline that you will be attending a specific course or training program. 

Proof of advance payment for the course (if applicable)

4.8. You Are a Minor Or Will Be Travelling With Minors

If you are a minor and want to travel to the Schengen Area without your parents or your legal tutor(s) accompanying you, you must submit the following documents:

Original birth certificate

Certified copies of the ID/passports of both parents/legal tutor(s) 

An official declaration of consent: A parental authorisation letter is a declaration from both parents/legal tutors stating that they allow you to travel. 

Important: If only one of your parents is responsible for you, you must submit a court judgement stating which parent has parental responsibility for you. Alternatively, you can submit a death certificate. 

For some Embassies (such as the Embassy of Greece in Canada), minor applicants must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians. 

If you are the parent/legal guardian of a minor and you plan on travelling with them to the Schengen Area, you must submit the following additional documents:

Original birth certificate of the minor

Application form signed by both parents

If applicable:

Court judgement or death certificate: You must submit a court judgement or death certificate in cases where only you have full custody over the minor.

An official declaration of consent from the other parent: Suppose both parents have full custody over a minor, but only one of them will be travelling with the child. In that case, the parent travelling with the minor must submit an official declaration from the other parent stating they have no objection towards the child travelling to the Schengen Area.

4.9. You Are Travelling For Employment Purposes

If you are travelling to the Schengen Area for work, you should know that the Schengen Work Visa does not exist. However, you can work in a Schengen Country if you hold a type-D National Schengen Visa issued for employment purposes. 

The requirements for getting a type-D National Schengen Visa for employment purposes vary according to the Schengen country and employment type.

For example, the Embassy of Latvia in the United States does not mention a list of specific documents necessary when applying for a type-D Visa because “consular officers of the Embassy determine the kind of supporting documents that have to be submitted by foreign nationals. This depends on the purpose of the visit, travelling experience, ties to the state of residence or situation of the state of residence”. 

As a general rule, you must provide the following additional documents to get a “Europe Work Visa”:

One additional application form: Meaning you must submit two application forms instead of one.

Employment contract: An employment contract signed between you and your future employer located in one of the Schengen countries. 

Proof of academic qualifications: For example, diplomas, certificates, academic records, etc.

Proof of language knowledge: Some Schengen Countries may ask you to prove you know their official language.

4.10. You Want To Join Your Spouse Residing In The EU

If you are married to an EU citizen or resident, and you travel to join your spouse, you must submit the following documents:

One additional application form: Meaning you must submit two application forms instead of one.

Original marriage certificate and a certified copy of it

A copy of the ID/passport of your spouse

Proof of address of your spouse: For example, you can submit a rental agreement or a utility bill

Your spouse’s residence permit copy: You must submit it if your spouse is not an EU citizen.

4.11. You Will Participate In Religious, Sports, Or Cultural Events

If you plan on travelling to the Schengen Area to participate in a religious, sports, or cultural event, you must provide the following additional documents:

Invitation letter: Your invitation letter written by the institution organising the event must highlight why you need to travel to the Schengen Area.

Event Information: You can provide any document (such as invitation letters, entry tickets, enrollment conditions, or detailed programme) that contains relevant information about the event and proves that you will be part of it. 

Proof of previous performances (if applicable): You can also submit documents proving your participation in prior events similar to the event you plan to participate in while staying in the Schengen Area. 

Schengen Visa Requirements For Students

Hopefully, this guide has helped you have a complete understanding of the documents you must submit for your Visa application, according to your sources of income and funding, personal situation, and travel purpose. 

However, if you are still not clear about the Visa requirements (or simply want to save time), remember you can always contact us. We will provide you with a complete, easy-to-understand free Schengen Visa consultation report

Our personalised report will reveal to you the complete list of documents you need for a successful application!