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VISA INFORMATION

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WHAT IS THE SCHENGEN AREA AND A SCHENGEN VISA?

If you are a non European and you plan to travel to Europe, you may need to apply for a Schengen Visa. The Schengen Visa Scheme is a scheme that allows those wishing to visit certain countries within the European Economic Area.

A list of the Schengen countries is shown below.

Schengen Area Countries
Schengen Area Countries
Ireland Visa Information

 

DO I NEED A SCHENGEN VISA?

Holders of any European Economic Area (EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein) or Switzerland passport do not need a visa for the Schengen area, and are generally allowed to stay for as long as they want.

Or if you are from any of the countries shown below then you don’t need a Schengen visa.

ALBANIA (*) ANDORRA ANTIGUA & BERMUDA
ARGENTINA AUSTRALIA BAHAMAS
BARBADOS BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA (*) BRAZIL
BRUNEI CANADA CHILE
COSTA RICA EL SALVADOR GUATEMALA
HONDURAS HONG KONG (1) ISRAEL
JAPAN MACAO (2) MACEDONIA (*)
MALAYSIA MAURITIUS MEXICO
MONACO MONTENEGRO (*) NEW ZEALAND
NICARAGUA PANAMA PARAGUAY
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS SAN MARINO SERBIA (*/**)
SEYCHELLES SINGAPORE SOUTH KOREA
TAIWAN (***) (Republic of China) TURKEY (3) SWITZERLAND
UNITED STATES URUGUAY VATICAN CITY
VENEZUELA    
SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGIONS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
HONG KONG S.A.R. NOTE 1 - THE VISA EXEMPTION APPLIES ONLY TO HOLDERS OF A "HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION" PASSPORT.
MACAO S.A.R. (NOTE 2) THE VISA EXEMPTION APPLIES ONLY TO HOLDERS OF A "REGIÃO ADMINISTRATIVA ESPECIAL DE MACAU" PASSPORT.
TURKEY (NOTE 3) GREEN PASSPORT HOLDERS ONLY ENJOY VISA FREE TRAVEL
(*) nationals of Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia need a biometric passport to enjoy visa-free travel.
(**) Serbian nationals with passport issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate (residents of Kosovo with Serbian passport) do need a visa
(***) Taiwan nationals need their ID number to be stipulated in their passport to enjoy visa-free travel

I NEED A SCHENGEN VISA – WHAT DO I DO NOW?

1. Contact the embassy of the country you are travelling to first or if you are travelling more than once to the Schengen area then apply for the visa at the embassy of the country you stay for the most amount of time. Note: You can apply for a single entry visa, double entry visa (twice) or multiple entry visa (3 or more times entry to Schengen area)

2. Pay for the tour with UKstudy Tours and contact us to get a visa letter showing hotel accommodation.

3. Take your visa letter and ticket with all your required items to the embassy appointment (see below for the list of items you generally need)

4. If you are not successful in your application for the Schengen visa then contact UKstudy Tours to receive your money back for the tour.


LIST OF ITEMS GENERALLY NEEDED FOR EMBASSIES

- Completed application form

- Your passport or travel document which must be valid and in date. This must contain your student visa (which must be valid for at least 3 months longer than the validity of the Schengen visa applied for) Your passport must have a blank page to affix the Schengen visa sticker.

- 1 x passport photo

- Health insurance to the value of at least 30,000 EU. Insurance is available from the Post Office, large supermarkets or various providers online The insurance company will provide you with a letter or certificate to include with your application

- Proof of travel plans this will be the tour ticket and UKstudy visa letter available on request.

- Proof of accommodation this will be on the visa letter we can send on request.  

- Proof of financial means. You should have approx. £60 per day available to you for the duration of your visit. You should provide bank statements covering the last 3 months or travellers cheques for the relevant amount to prove this.

- Schengen visa fee. This varies from country to country and will be about £50 to £80 normally.

- Self-addressed special delivery envelope. This is so that the Embassy can post your passport and / or documents back to you when a decision has been made and is available from all post offices.

- Copies of all documents provided. Generally, you will be expected to take both originals and copies of all your documents to your appointment with you.

- Letter from Parents giving permission to travel on a tour abroad.


HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT OR CONTACT THE EMBASSY?

See below for an application centre which can process visa application for some countries and also the embassy contact details for countries we travel to.

The whole process may take up to 6 weeks to get and appointment and receive your visa so please keep this in mind for your travel. It is worth noting that arranging a Schengen visa can be much cheaper and quicker if arranged in country of origin before you arrive in the UK.

Walk in & Postal Joint Visa Application Centre
1-8 Bateman's Building, South Soho Square, London W1D 3EN

RECOMMENDED SERVICE FOR MOST VISA APPLICATIONS

All applications to the application centre must be made in person between 8:30-12:00pm mornings only or sent by post. Limited number of applications accepted per day on a 'first come, first served' basis. The application centre's helpline number is 0871 376 0023 (line open from 8:30 to 17:30 Monday-Friday).

Application centre can process a Schengen visa for: Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Denmark & Spain

Appointment normally required so please check before travelling.

 

Embassy of the Netherlands (Holland)

The Netherlands embassy outsources visa appointments to VFS and you can book an appointment online by following the instructions on the link below

Website: http://nl.vfsglobal.co.uk/tourist.html

OR USE THE Walk in & Postal Joint Visa Application Centre (see above)

 

Embassy of Belgium

The Belgian embassy outsources visa appointments to VFS and you can book an appointment online by following the instructions on the link below

Website: http://www.vfs-be-uk.com/

OR USE THE Walk in & Postal Joint Visa Application Centre (see above)

 

Embassy of Italy

The Italian embassy outsources visa appointments to VFS and you can book an appointment online by following the instructions on the link below

Website: http://it.vfsglobal.co.uk/nonimmigrant_tourist.html

OR USE THE Walk in & Postal Joint Visa Application Centre (see above)

 

Embassy of France

Website: http://www.ambafrance-uk.org/How-and-where-to-apply-for-a-visa

MINIMUM OF 7 MONTH UK VISA REQUIRED AND 3 MONTHS LEFT FROM TOUR RETURN DATE

French Embassy London outsources Schengen Visa operation to TLScontact - to make an appointment to apply for a visa please click here: https://www.tlscontact.com/gb2fr 

 

Embassy of Germany

The German embassy outsources visa appointments to VFS and you can book an appointment online by following the instructions on the link below

Website : http://www.vfsglobal.com/germany/uk/

OR USE THE Walk in & Postal Joint Visa Application Centre (see above)

Embassy of Denmark

The Embassy of Denmark has appointed VF Services (UK) Ltd. as its outsourced partner for acceptance and processing of its visa applications. 

A visa application can be submitted by the Applicant in person only. 

Website: http://dk.vfsglobal.co.uk/schengenvisas.html

OR USE THE Walk in & Postal Joint Visa Application Centre (see above) 


VISA FOR IRELAND

You can get information and apply for a visa for Ireland by clicking here: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Irish%20Visa%20Information

Online Application form: https://www.visas.inis.gov.ie/avats/OnlineHome.aspx

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Ireland. (List of Countries) S.I 345 of 2011 Schedule 1.

(see below for more nationals who do not need a visa below on short stay visa waiver programme.

INFORMATION NOTE - Short stay visa waiver programme allows extra nationalities to Ireland without Irish visa

The Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme was announced by the Government as part of its Jobs Initiative with a view to promoting tourism from emerging markets. It commenced on 1 July 2011. The programme will run up to end October 2016 but may be amended or expanded at any point.

The below link to a document contains current information relating to the Irish Short Stay visa waiver programme.

Information Note - Short Stay Visa Waiver programme March 2012 (Size 77KB)

What does the Programme do? 

Under the Programme, persons 

(i) who are nationals of one of eighteen countries covered by the scheme, 

(ii) who have entered the UK on UK ‘C’ General visa, and 

(iii) have been granted leave to remain in the UK for up to 180 days

may 

(iv) travel to Ireland, within the time remaining on a current leave to remain in the UK, without the requirement to obtain an Irish visa, and 

(v) be granted permission to remain in Ireland up to a maximum of 90 days or the time left on their UK leave to remain, whichever is the shorter.

List of countries to which the Visa Waiver Programme will now apply:

Nationals from Eastern Europe

  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Montenegro
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

Middle East

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

Other Asian Countries

  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Peoples’ Republic of China
  • Thailand
  • Uzbekistan
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