The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 European countries that have a shared, common visa policy. The Schengen area consists of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Switzerland. Tourist or business travelers traveling to ANY of the countries are subject to one single visa policy for all of these countries as defined below.
|Andorra||Antigua and Barbuda||Argentina||Australia||Bahamas|
|Chile||Costa Rica||Croatia||Cyprus||El Salvador|
|Romania||Saint Kitts||San Marino||Serbia||Seychelles|
|Columbia||United Arab Emirates|
|Burundi||Cambodia||Cameroon||Cape Verde||Cen. African Rep.|
|Cote D'Ivoire||Cuba||Dem. Rep. of Congo||Djibouti||Dominia|
|Dominican Republic||Ecuador||Egypt||Equatorial Guinea||Eritrea|
|Nepal||Niger||Nigeria||North Korea||Northern Mariana's|
|Oman||Pakistan||Palau||Papua New Guinea||Peru|
|Sao Tome Andprincipe||Saudi Arabia||Senegal||Sierra Leone||Solomon Islands|
|Somalia||South Africa||Sri Lanka||St Lucia||St Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Tunisia||Turkey||Turkmenistan||Tuvalu|
Who Needs a Transit Visa?
Nationals of the above mentioned countries MAY NOT require an airport transit visa if:
If you require a Schengen visa, you will need to apply for that visa in person. TYPICALLY, you will be required to apply at the foreign consulate of the Schengen country you will enter first OR at the foreign consulate of the Schengen country where you intend to spend the most time. For this reason, SPS does not assist with Schengen visa processing.
If you require a Schengen visa, you will need to apply for that visa in person at the appropriate Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. TYPICALLY, you will be required to apply at the foreign consulate of the Schengen country you will enter first OR at the foreign consulate of the Schengen country where you intend to spend the most time. For this reason, SPS does not assist with Schengen visa processing. To get started, we suggest contacting the foreign consulate website for details.
Requirements for a Schengen visa may vary slightly between the different Schengen missions. Please note that only applications with all supporting documents will be accepted. In some cases further documents and guarantees may be required with your application.
Processing time: Your application should be lodged at the Embassy or Consulate at least 3 weeks before your proposed departure date. Many consulates require an appointment, and have long wait times for appointment availability. Contact the consulate far in advance to determine average processing times. Below are some links to the Schenghen country consulates in the USA to help get you started.
Austria Embassy and Consulate Information
Belgium Embassy and Consulate Information
Denmark Embassy and Consulate Information
Finland Embassy and Consulate Information
France Embassy and Consulate Information
Germany Embassy and Consulate Information
Greece Embassy and Consulate Information
Iceland Embassy and Consulate Information
Italy Embassy and Consulate Information
Luxembourg Embassy and Consulate Information
The Netherlands Embassy and Consulate Information
Norway Embassy and Consulate Information
Portugal Embassy and Consulate Information
Spain Embassy and Consulate Information
Sweden Embassy and Consulate Information
Estonia Embassy and Consulate Information
Latvia Embassy and Consulate Information
Lithuania Embassy and Consulate Information
Malta Embassy and Consulate Information
Poland Embassy and Consulate Information
Slovakia Embassy and Consulate Information
Slovenia Embassy and Consulate Information
Czech Republic Embassy and Consulate Information
Hungary Embassy and Consulate Information
Switzerland Embassy and Consulate Information