Visas, documents, and passports


So, you are planning to visit Europe. Great! We will be happy to welcome you and share what makes this continent so unique.
Here are answers to the most common questions about preparing for your trip. Addressing them now will make your travels smooth, easy, and convenient!


The Schengen area makes travel in Europe simple. Basically, it refers to the European countries that have abolished individual passports and border controls in exchange for a single common policy. For you, this means that no passport control exists when going from country to country in most of continental Europe.

Did you know the Schengen area is the world’s largest free travel area?

Keep in mind, however, that not all countries in the European Union are part of the Schengen Area. Different rules will apply when entering Ireland and Cyprus since they do not belong to the Schengen Area. Additionally, please ensure to review the entry regulations for the UK, as it is no longer part of the European Union.

Because the Schengen area practically functions as one entity, you only need a single visa to visit all the countries included. That means you can fly into France, travel to Germany, and depart from Poland, all under the same simple scheme.

You can find more information here.

If you need a visa to enter the Schengen Area, you should apply for one from the European country you intend to visit. If the European country you intend to visit is not part of the Schengen Area, you must apply for a visa directly at the embassy or consulate of that country in your country of residence.

Before applying for a visa, consider which specific visa aligns with your requirements. There are several types, though the most common is a tourist visa.

To make the process simple, here is an overview of the steps you will need to take:

  • Most Schengen countries will have an embassy or consulate near you. It can happen, however, that one Schengen country outsources visa processing to another one, so do a simple online search to see if that applies to your home country. It’s also possible that instead of an embassy or consulate, the Schengen country in question has a visa center. This can also be determined with a simple online search.
  • Processing visas can take time. Our advice: apply early! The earliest you can apply is six months in advance, and the latest, 15 days. The rule of thumb should always be: earlier is better.
  • Once you have arranged your plans, book an appointment. This can usually be done online, though in some countries, you must make the appointment in person.
  • Fill out the relevant application materials and gather all your materials. The standard list of documents includes the visa application form, a valid passport, two identical photos, travel insurance, a round-trip reservation (or at least a flight itinerary with specific dates and flight numbers), proof of lodging, and proof that you can support yourself financially.
  • The last step is to submit your application and pay a fee to embark on your trip to Europe.
Important: Even if you have a valid visa, remember to bring your supporting documents with you to Europe. You might be asked at the border for proof of lodging, means, and return passage.

For the latest and most detailed information on entry and visa requirements, kindly refer to this link to review the specific requirements applicable to your country.

ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) is a travel requirement introduced by the European Union. From mid-2025 onwards, nationals of the visa-free countries and territories will need an ETIAS to enter any of the countries in the Schengen area and Cyprus.

It is linked to a traveler’s passport and remains valid for up to three years or until its expiration date, whichever occurs first. If you obtain a new passport, you also need to get a new ETIAS travel authorization.

With a valid ETIAS travel authorization, you can enter the territory of these European countries as often as you want for short-term stays, typically for up to 90 days within any 180 days.

For more information, check the ETIAS official website

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