The Schengen Area is the area comprising 26 European countries that have abolished passport and any other type of border control at their common borders, also referred to as internal borders. It mostly functions as a single country for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy.
The Schengen countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands and Norway.
What are the requirements?
- Schengen visa application form – duly completed, dated and signed by the applicant.
- An accredited medical insurance by the Schengen Group in Abuja that also covers 15 days beyond the end of your intended stay in Schengen.
- White background passport photograph not later than 6 months (attach photos on the application form and on the duplicate form using adhesive tape or glue).
- Return flight ticket and hotel booking confirmation not more than the days approved.
- Three last salary slips showing bank statement of your personal bank account.
- Original passport (valid for at least 3 months after departure from Schengen).
- A copy of the most recent Residence Permit must be submitted. If the person inviting is not a citizen of one of the Schengen countries or signed letter of invitation and a copy of the passport of the person inviting.
- Make sure the invitation states whether important information of the person inviting you, the relationship between both of you, whether he or she is the sponsor and also the purpose and lenght of time you will be staying