Who needs a Schengen Visa?

List of countries whose citizens require a Schengen Visa

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Who needs a Schengen Visa?

The Schengen states have common rules for issuing short-stay Schengen visas, which are valid within the entire Schengen area. These visas allow a person to stay and travel in the territories of Schengen states for a maximum of 90 days in any six month period.

Who needs a Schengen visa?

Depending on the purpose of your travel the embassy or consulate of your Schengen destination country will issue you the appropriate visa. There are three main types of visas that are issued which include tourist visas, business visas, working visas, student visas and transit visas.

Countries whose citizens require Schengen Visa

This is the list of countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders of the Schengen Zone.

AfghanistanGabonNorth Korea
AlgeriaGambiaNorthern Mariana’s
AzerbaijanGuinea-BissauPapua New Guinea
BeninIranSao Tome And Principe
BhutanIraqSaudi Arabia
BotswanaJordanSierra Leone
Burkina FasoKazakhstanSomalia
Burma/MyanmarKenyaSouth Africa
BurundiKosovaSri Lanka
Cape VerdeLaosSwaziland
Central African RepublicLebanonSyria
Cote D’ivoireMalawiTogo
Dem. Rep. Of CongoMaliTunisia
Dominican RepublicMongoliaTurkmenistan
Equatorial GuineaNamibiaVietnam

Entities and territorial authorities not recognized as states by at least one Schengen Member State

  • Kosovo (As defined by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10 June 1999.)
  • Palestinian Authority

Who is Exempt from Schengen Visa Requirements?

Whereas, this is the list of third countries whose nationals are exempted from holding a visa when crossing the external borders of the Schengen Territory:


Albania* Andorra
Antigua And Barbuda Argentina
Australia Bahamas
Barbados Bosnia And Herzegovina*
Brazil Brunei Darussalam
Canada Chile
Colombia Costa Rica
Dominica El Salvador
Macedonia* Georgia*
Grenada Guatemala
Vatican City State Honduras
Israel Japan
Kiribati Malaysia
Marshall Islands Mauritius
Mexico Micronesia
Moldova* Monaco
Montenegro* New Zealand
Nicaragua Palau
Panama Paraguay
Peru Samoa
San Marino Seychelles
Serbia** Singapore
Solomon Islands South Korea
St Kitts And Nevis St Lucia
St Vincent And The Grenadines Timor-Leste
Tonga Trinidad And Tobago
Tuvalu Ukraine*
United Arab Emirates United States Of America
Uruguay Vanuatu


*The visa exemption applies only to holders of biometric passports.

**The visa exemption applies only to holders of biometric passports. Excluding holders of Serbian passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate (in Serbian: Koordinaciona uprava

Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China

  • Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • Macao S.A.R.

British citizens who are not nationals of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the purposes of Union law

  • British Nationals (Overseas)
  • British overseas territories citizens (BOTC)
  • British overseas citizens (BOC)
  • British protected persons (BPP)
  • British subjects (BS)

Entities and territorial authorities not recognized as States by at least one Member State

  • Taiwan – The exemption from the visa requirement applies only to holders of passports issued by Taiwan, which include an identity card number.

How Can I Get a Schengen Visa?

You should apply for a Schengen Visa at the embassy or consulate of the Schengen country you are planning to visit. If you are planning to visit two or more countries during the same trip, then you have to apply at the embassy of the country where you plan to spend more time. If you are planning to spend equal time in two or more countries, i.e. five days in France and five days in Germany, then you have to apply at the embassy of the country where you are planning to land first.

In case that in your country, there is no consulate of the Schengen country you wish to visit, then you will have to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Immigration Office of that country and get information where you will have to apply in order to get a Schengen visa.

You have to apply and make an appointment at least 15 days before the intended journey, and the earliest three months before.

There is a number of documents the embassy of your destination Schengen country will ask you to submit in order to grant you with a visa. Be careful to collect all of the necessary documents as required.

There is a fee of EUR 60 you shall pay for the application. The fee for children under 12 years old is EUR 35, whereas for children under 6 it is free. All of the Schengen Member countries have agreed on its cost. You should pay it when submitting the visa application.

Which Countries Can I Visit With a Schengen Visa?

If one of the Schengen Area member states has issued you a multiple-entry Schengen visa, then you can visit a wide number of countries in Europe. First of all you can visit the member states which are:

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


Secondly, there is a number of countries in Europe which are Non-EU countries, but they still accept visitors that hold a Schengen visa. These countries are:

Albania Antigua and Barbuda
Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria Colombia
Croatia Cyprus
Georgia Gibraltar
Kosovo Macedonia
Montenegro Romania
Sao Tome and Principe Serbia