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7 things worth knowing about the Schengen visa

If you do not have US citizenship or a country that allows you to enter Europe without a visa, you need to get a visa of the same name to visit the Schengen countries. Here are some interesting facts that you might not know about this document.

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1. Schengen visa is not transferred to a new passport

If you change your surname during marriage registration or your passport has expired, which has a “working” Schengen visa, you will have to apply for a new visa to travel to the Schengen zone, writes

You also need to know that when you get a Schengen visa, the passport must be valid so that after your return to Russia it is valid for at least three more months.

2. Schengen visa can be issued without intermediaries

You need to pay 35 € - or 70 € for making a visa if urgent clearance is required.

Most people go to apply to the visa application center, where they additionally take another service charge in 20 – 30 €, depending on the country. You can save this money if you go directly to the consulate of the country of the Schengen Agreement. For this you need to pre-register through the site.

It turns out that if a family of four is sent on a trip, you can save about 8000 ₽ at the service fee.

By the way, children up to 6 years are exempt from paying visa fees.

3. If the visa was given for 5 years, then you cannot live in the country 5 for years

Those who travel frequently in Europe have a high chance of getting a Schengen multivisa for a year, three or five years. However, do not flatter yourself. Even in this case, no more than 90 days every half a year can be continuously in the countries of the agreement. Those who want to spend more time in the EU will have to travel outside the Schengen zone every 90 days.

According to the RANEPA and survey, most often a visa for 5 years is given to the Russians by the consulate of France. Higher the chances of getting a visa for 3 of the year in the consulate of Greece, for 2 of the year - for Finland, for 1 of the year - for Spain. In this application for a visa are considered on an individual basis. So even after several multiviz, they can give you a visa only for travel dates.

4. What if you plan to visit several countries

Let's say you're going on a bus or car tour of Europe. Then it is recommended to obtain a visa of the country in which you plan to spend the most days. Coming to 3 of the day in Italy and 5 to France, apply for a visa to the consulate of France.

5. If you fly with a transfer through Europe, sometimes you need a transit visa

Citizens of Russia and the CIS do not need a visa if they make a transfer without changing the airport or leaving the transit zone, reports the German embassy. The rules change if you plan to leave the airport, or, alternatively, this airport does not have a transit zone at all (this issue should be clarified in advance, because, for example, in the same Germany it only has 6 airports), or you will have more one transplant - in these cases you will need a transit visa. The application will need to be submitted to the consulate of the country where you will be the first transplant.

6. Visa may refuse

The reasons are different:

  • incomplete package of documents;
  • indication of false data;
  • lack of health insurance (plus it must cover expenses in the amount of at least 30 000 €);
  • violation of laws during a previous visit;
  • insufficient financial security (there is not enough money in your accounts for the trip);
  • other reasons, which may be a lot.

In 2017, 1,4% of the requested visas were refused. In each case, the failure of the applicants indicate the reason. You will have the right to appeal or request a visa again.

7. You can visit other countries with a Schengen visa.

A Schengen visa gives the right to visit certain states that are not part of the Schengen zone. First of all, Monaco, the Vatican and San Marino. There are other countries that allow you to use the Schengen multivisa on their territory, for example, Mexico, Croatia and Gibraltar (the latter extends this permission to citizens of Russia, but not other CIS countries).

Recall that according to the 2018 year, the Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Germany (without Busingen-am-Rhein), Greece (without Athos), Denmark (without Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Iceland, Spain, Italy (without the Levigno enclave), Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway (without Svalbard and Bear Islands), Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden and Estonia.

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