schengen visa

What is a Schengen Visa

A Schengen visa is a travel visa issued by one of the Schengen countries which allows the holder entry into the Schengen country as well as access to other countries in the Schengen zone.

Schengen countries

There are currently 26 countries in the Schengen Zone.

These are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

Do South African passport holders require a Schengen Visa?

South African passport holders do require a Schengen visa.

Requirements for a Schengen visa

Please note that it is compulsory to obtain travel insurance for the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen area before you apply for your Schengen visa. Easy Visas recommend obtaining travel insurance from our partner Easy Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased online and your policy and confirmation letter will be emailed in a few minutes meaning you are covered instantly.

Require travel insurance for your visa application? Purchase your travel insurance policy online now. Simple 4 step process. Purchase with a debit or credit card securely.

How to apply for a Schengen visa

Applying is a straight forward process. You will need to apply at an embassy of the country in which you will either be your first port of entry or  in which you will be spending the most amount of time.

Here is an example, if you are only travelling to Germany then you will make your application at the German embassy in your home country. If, however, you will be travelling to more than one country in Europe, you’ll need to apply at the embassy of the country where you’re spending the most number of nights.

If you’re staying for an equal number of nights at different countries in the Schengen territory then you should will need to apply at the embassy of the country which is your first port of entry.

How can Easy Visas help?

Most Schengen embassies require you to attend the embassy in person as they take your fingerprints.

Easy Visas will assist clients by checking applications, scheduling appointments, paying the visa costs and meeting the client at the application centre to assist with the processing of the application. Once the application is finalised we will collect and return it to the client.

How to apply for a Schengen visa?

Complete the ‘visa request form’ on the right hand side. You can then access our visa quote system and download the relevent visa application forms and visa requirements.