Visiting Europe (Schengen Visa)
If you are not a European Economic Area national and want to travel
to Europe, you may be required to apply for a Schengen visa before you
The Schengen Visa Scheme allows visitors to obtain one visa to visit a number of designated countries within the
European Economic Area (EEA). Twenty five EEA countries now participate in
the scheme, the members of the
Schengen States are listed at the bottom of this webpage.
Please ensure you have adequate travel and medical insurance.
Please note that the UK is not a Schengen state so you can not re-enter the UK on a
Schengen visa, you must make sure you have a valid visa for
How do I apply?
Each Embassy or Consulate produces its own application form and
charges vary. You may have to attend the Embassy in person to apply or submit a
postal application, you should check how to make an application with
the Embassy you apply to.
We recommend you read the Embassy website first
before you telephone as some telephone numbers charge a premium rate
and the call can be expensive.
In order to check if you need a visa and/or to
apply for a Schengen visa
you should contact the Embassy in London for either:-
- the country you plan to spend all or most of
your time in; or
- the country
you plan to go to first if there is no
- If you are the spouse of an EU national you should apply to your
spouses' national embassy in the UK
How long does a Schengen Visa last?
The visa will enable you to visit any number of the 25
participating states during the course of one trip, which could last
up to 3 months.
How much does it cost to apply?
Charges will vary depending on which of the Schengen countries
issues the visa.
When should I apply?
Processing times vary from embassy to embassy and national holidays
and busy periods will result in a longer wait. We recommend that you
apply within 3 months of your travel date and not less than 6 weeks
- You will need between 3 and 6 months left on your passport and
UK visa, depending on the country you are applying to
- Your student visa must be in your passport and you will need a
- You can not apply using a travel document unless you have
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.
- You must not already have a Schengen visa.
Application Form and Documents
The form is two sided, complete all sections in full before you
attend your appointment.
- When asked for your 'home' address this means your UK address.
- If you are staying at more than one hotel write in the details
of the first hotel and then 'various'.
- Documents you will need, proof of sufficient funds, medical
insurance, photographs, passport, purpose of trip, accommodation
details, flight details, evidence will return to UK/home country,
proof of university registration.
UKCISA have the answers to some
frequently asked questions
on their factsheet.
- Czech Republic
To find a London based Embassy/Consulate use the drop-down list on the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office