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How to apply for a short-stay visa


From the 1st of July 2019, you must fill in your visa application and pay the application fee online using


After you have applied and paid the visa fee online, you must print the cover letter from ApplyVisa and hand in supporting documents at the

How to apply?

Simply follow this 4-step application plan to:

Step 1 - Download and print the application form and relevant checklist for your purpose of travel

The checklists (on the right) will give you a complete overview of all documents you need to submit when applying for a visa.

Step 2 - Collect the required documentation

Fill in the application form and collect the documentation mentioned in the relevant checklist.

Here you can find a filled in sample.

Step 3 - Submit the application

Carefully check that you have collected all supporting documentation. Then, arrange the documents according to the order in the "Checklist" and book an online appointment with VFS in order to submit the "package". The visa procedure takes up to 15 calendar days. In some cases the deadline of 15 calendar days can be extended to 30 calendar days and in exceptional cases up to 60 calendar days. Failing to submit all relevant documentation may result in unnecessary delays or rejection. Please be aware that you cannot submit an application earlier than three months before planned entry to Schengen.

Step 4 - Decision is reached

The Visa Application Centre or the Embassy will contact you when a decision is reached. Within the first five working days there is no reason to contact us. We will contact you in case something is missing in your application or if further information is required.

When you pick up your visa, please bring:

  1. Application receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre or the Embassy (you received this receipt, when the Visa Application Centre or Embassy accepted your visa application)
  2. Confirmed flight ticket (only if specially requested beforehand by the visa officer)

Period of grace:

According to the 2010 visa regulations for all Schengens countries, The Embassy will always add a “grace period” to your validity period of your visa. This means that we will add 15 days to your visas validity beyond what is mentioned on your invitation and/or dispatch letter.

Please note, that validity period and duration of stay is not the same.

To exemplify, if you in your application form applied for a 10 days visa, The Embassy will always give you 15 days of grace, in total 25 days. But the effective period of stay will still be as you applied; 10 days.

Therefore it is utmost important, that you carefully read the information sheet

Other information

Upon entry in Schengen the immigration/passport control is entitled to require proof of travel medical insurance as well as other supporting documents for the application. If supporting documents are not presented upon examination, your application may be refused and the visa fee lost. Travellers are therefore advised to bring all documents when travelling to Schengen.