Disclaimer : Information contained in this post is updated as of  30th April, 2014.  Please check with embassy for latest updates.

So, you have an Indian passport and have been enjoying smooth Visa process for countries like Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore .  Try your hand at Schengen Visa and you will realize how much pain Indians have to go through to visit a country just as a tourist for few days.  You will need to do more preparation than you would have done for a job interview.

Schengen Visa: It is a common visa that allows visitors, entry to multiple countries in Europe which have signed Schengen  agreement. You can find complete details here.  If you are planning to visit one or more countries out of these, then you need to apply for Schengen Visa. Also remember that if you want to visit any other European country not listed  below, then a separate Visa is required from respective country.

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Denmark
  5. Estonia
  6. Finland
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Hungary
  11. Iceland
  12. Italy
  13. Latvia
  14. Lithuania
  15. Luxembourg
  16. Malta
  17. Netherlands
  18. Norway
  19. Poland
  20. Portugal
  21. Slovakia
  22. Slovenia
  23. Spain
  24. Sweden
  25. Switzerland


Following is the list of documents that need to be submitted:

  • Passport valid at least three months beyond the stay in the Schengan area, with available pages for visa sticker and of “standard” quality (not damaged, torn, faded etc). Your previous passport (mandatory). Passport issued for 20 years are not accepted. 
  • Visa application forms duly filled & signed by Passenger.
  • Two Latest passport size Photographs, white back ground w/o Border, 45 X 35 mm, 80% face should be Cover on Photo.
  • A covering letter drafted on the passenger’s Letter Heads or normal paper (personal/official) to the respective consulate. (Mention purpose, duration of visit, who will bear the Expenses & complete itinerary ). The letter should be signed by applicant.
  • Confirm Hotel Booking/Accommodation
  • Confirmed Return Air Ticket
  • Bookings for internal travel like bus or train booking between cities.
  • Travel insurance: Overseas medical insurance with minimum coverage of Euro 30,000 – for emergency hospital and repatriation expenses (Photocopy)
  • NOC from company stating that you will join office back on a particular date.
  • Address proof in case your passport is not issued from your current city.
  • Last six months salary slips If salaried
  • Last Three Years Income Tax Returns (Personal)
  • Last Six Months Original Bank Statement (Personal) with Name & Address to be mentioned on it.
  • If you have been refused a visa by an Embassy or High Commission in the last 3 years: Written explanation about the reason for trip and refusal and the copy of refusal from the concerned Embassy or High Commission.
  • Wedding cards from both the sides, engagement/Roka Photographs (at least 10) along with the NOC from the parents of groom & bride both (Applicable when applying as a couple together)
  • Credit card copy
  • Copy of Passport first & last page

Documents can not be submitted by post. You will need to submit either in person or apply via a travel agent.

Some general tips about documents: 

1. Make sure you maintain a good balance (1 Lac or above) consistently over a period of last few months in your bank account.  If you transfer a big amount just few days before application date then that may raise eyebrows. Also a current balance of 2 lac would be a good number to show that you can bear the expenses in Europe yourself.

2. It would be better if you have visited some other countries earlier and thus do not have a blank passport. As per my understanding blank passports have higher chances of rejection.

3. You can submit your fixed deposit copies as an additional proof of funds.

4. Embassy wants to make sure you would return to your home country hence NOC letter becomes important indicating you have to return to your job.

5. Take every document very seriously as you never know one document may cause a problem.

6. Though application procedure is same for all countries in Schengen region, still it would be a good idea to visit embassy web site of specific country you want to visit. Some countries may require additional documents.

 If you are thinking that I am mentioning whole process with unnecessary seriousness 🙂 , then it would be good to know that my tourist visa to Spain has been denied in past and I was not told the reason. Embassies do not require you to give a reason for rejection. My rejection letter only has a statement ” Your application has been rejected”. Hence I have reason to inform others so that probability of rejection is less.

When you are visiting multiple countries then embassy to which the application should be made is decided based on following rules :

(a) the Member State whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit(s).
(b) if the visit includes more than one destination, the Member State whose territory constitutes
the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length or purpose of stay.
(c) if no main destination can be determined, the Member State whose external border the
applicant intends to cross first in order to enter the territory of the Member States.

Please go through Common Information Sheet to understand various rules and regulations.

Visa Fees: 5600/- (per person).Visa Fee is subject to change

Time Taken: Min 15 working days or more depends upon Embassy discretion

Once the application is received at embassy following are the possible outcomes :

1. Visa is granted.

2. Embassy can ask for any additional documents.

3. Embassy can call for personal interview.

4. Application is rejected.

I had applied to embassy for Czech Republic as I was going to spend maximum number of days there. I was called for a personal interview to New Delhi . I got a phone call from embassy, so make sure you enter your contact information correctly in application form.

Personal Interview Process:

You will be asked to reach embassy around 10 AM in the morning though actual process starts around 11 AM. You are first given a token number and then candidates are called for interview as per token numbers given. Once I entered it looked like an interrogation room 🙂 where the interviewer was sitting behind a glass window and I was asked to sit on chair with a mike in front of me. Interviewer was an old man with full-grown beard and big spectacles.  All this added more to my nervousness. Yes, like an ordinary human being, I do get nervous at interviews – and that means any interview :). Here is how the whole interview went :

 1. What is your name ? 

Ans. (Thinking in my head : Can’t you see it on the form ?  🙂  ).  I answered with a big smile but there was a rude reaction and thus immediately made the smile disappear :).

2. Why was your visa denied earlier ? 

Ans. I was not given any reason. I was just informed that your application has been rejected.

3. But there must be something they must have told you ? 

Ans. (Thinking in my head : Why don’t you understand in first time ?).  No, as I said refusal letter didn’t have any explanation.

4. So why don’t you again visit  Spain ? Why do you want to come to our small country Czech Republic ? 

Ans.  The Spain trip was planned with my friends which I couldn’t visit.  I have visited several countries after that visa denial (I purposefully mentioned it). This time I will be traveling solo to Czech Republic as it sounds interesting to me. Moreover I want to visit a country which has not been visited by lot of Indians.

5. How did you come to know about Czech Republic ? 

Ans. I have read about it on various travel bloggers pages. There is also a Hindi movie which featured beautiful places in Prague.

Interviewer uttered in a frustrated tone – Rockstar. It looks like everyone before me mentioned that movie :). I control my laughter somehow :).

6. Where will you go in Czech Republic ? 

Ans. I plan to visit Brno and Prague .

7. So what all places you plan to visit in Brno and Prague ? 

Ans. I wasn’t much prepared for this question. I had just gone through details about some sites in each city but didn’t remember any name. In depth research about city was a task that I thought I would finish once I get the Visa. This was the first question which I couldn’t answer instantly and started thinking is it the show stopper ? I mentioned about castle and cathedral as I knew every city in Europe would have it :).

8. Are you visiting any other country in addition to Czech Republic ? 

Ans. (Thinking in my Head : Didn’t you go through the itinerary I provided along with application ?). I plan to visit Hungary and Austria and explained them entire plan again.

9. What other countries you have visited in past ? 

Ans. I mentioned all the countries which I had visited in past.  Then he asked me to name places I visited in each country. This was too much of drilling but I guess he wanted to make sure I visited all countries for tourist purpose.

10. What do you do professionally ? Where are you employed currently ? 

Ans. I answered these questions maintaining eye contact with him.

Finally he looked at me one more time for 5 seconds and then asked me to leave.

I came out of the interview room thinking how do I classify this interview as good or bad ? I had no answer so waiting for the result was the only thing I could do. This story had a happy ending. 7 days later I got my visa 🙂

 Once You are A Schengen Visa Holder: 

1. You can stay in Schengen area for 90 days within next 6 months.

2. You can enter and exit Schengen area only once if you have a single entry visa.

3. You can cross borders of countries without any immigration stamp but your passport would be checked every time.

Final Note : My first country of Entry was Austria and immigration process at Vienna airport was very smooth. There were enough counters and I didn’t have to wait for a minute. My passport was stamped immediately and I was ready to explore the country.

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  1. Dhiraj Chawla 23 June, 2014 at 4:58 PM Reply

    The documentation process for Canada is almost the same, minus the drilling you had to go through for the interview.. There are no interviews a Canadian Visa (mine was business).. All you get is either rejected or you get the visa… 2 of my colleagues who applied before more got rejection… I guess the issue was with their bank statements.. I got the visa as I had a kept a handsome figure in my back account for 2 months or so… 🙂

    Anyways a nice article… will surely help lot of people who wish to travel such less traveled but beautiful countries like Czech Republic… 🙂

    • Makrand 23 June, 2014 at 11:42 PM Reply

      Thanks for the info Dheeraj. Keep visiting :).

  2. Shriti 11 January, 2015 at 11:21 AM Reply

    Did you actually booked the flights before getting the visa? Also you applied for how many weeks? As I applied for 2 months and got rejected and I have so many stamps on my passport.

    • Makrand 11 January, 2015 at 4:40 PM Reply

      Hi Shriti,

      Yes, I had booked the flight before getting the visa. I booked the refundable flight. I had applied for 9 days though visa has validity of 3 months.

      You had tough luck this time with your application this time. I don’t think 2 months can be a problem. For which country you had applied and do you think you had provided every document as per above list. I can understand how frustrating it is to get your visa denied but unfortunately we Indians have to go through a long and complex process to get a visa :(.

  3. Rohit 29 January, 2015 at 7:37 PM Reply

    Hi, I am planning a trip to France in a few months. I will provide the travel documents and flight return tickets to the consulate. I wanted to know if after getting visa – there will be an issue if I decide to visit other Schengen countries (Czech Republic, Switzerland etc.) thus abandoning my original travel plans and bookings. I am definitely not going to overstay my Visa though.

    Do I necessarily need to inform the consulate about the same to avoid any complication ?? I think people do this all the time but just want to be sure.

    According to their FAQs page:

    8) What am I do if the conditions of my travel changed after issuing of the visa (e.g. change of the accommodation)?

    In case the conditions of the travel have changed, it is necessary to inform about the situation the consulate that issued the visa. If you do not do so, consequences may arise.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Makrand 30 January, 2015 at 9:09 PM Reply

      Hi Rohit,

      I do not know all the rules but I would try to answer in a way that if I was in your place what I would do. Minor changes in plan should be fine like if your original plans is 6 days France plus 2 days Italy , you can later make it 5 days France and 3 days Italy but if you change your travel plan completely that wouldn’t be correct. Schengen visa are issued from the country which is your major destination among multiple countries so that shouldn’t be changed. e.g if you are applying from French consulate that means you were going to spend maximum time there, so that should remain same. . Once you enter Schengen area you are free to move across countries so I am not sure whether they check whether your plan changed as long as your start and end point doesn’t change but still your major destination should remain same.
      Again I am not an expert on this and yes people do it all the time but I wouldn’t do that.

      Change in accommodation would be perfectly acceptable though.I have done that as while applying visa you do not get much time to research about hotels and also you want to book only hotels which are 100 % refundable, so for visa purpose you can book such hotels and after getting visa you can book hotels of your choice.

      Hope this helps.

  4. Rohit 1 February, 2015 at 7:30 AM Reply

    This sure is helpful. Many thanks for your excellent advice on this. I will definitely keep in mind to not make any major changes in regards to the Entry and country of major travel.

    Just one more thing, If I plan to go to Paris first and then return to India, from Prague, will they need me to show the travel reservation from Paris to Prague ? Hotel bookings can be easily done, you are right.

    • Makrand 1 February, 2015 at 10:04 AM Reply

      Hi Rohit,

      Yes you will have to show bookings for internal travel across cities which are part of your itinerary. The strategy here should be to book refundable mode of transport which should also be your preferred mode of transport once you get the visa. As cancelling a bus/flight would cost some money, so better book the best option as per your needs. Prague and Paris are quite far so I guess you will have to book a flight as a bus will take a lot of time. If your budget allows then look for eurorails as well which are on most expensive side among three modes of transport.

  5. Rohit 1 February, 2015 at 3:45 PM Reply

    Wow!! They don’t make it any easier for us, do they !! 🙁

    Thanks a zillion for all this valuable information. You and this blog really solved a lot of my doubts. Keep up the great work, fellow traveler.

    • Makrand 1 February, 2015 at 11:02 PM Reply

      Yeh, having an Indian passport doesn’t help at all :(.

      Glad that you found something useful here. Have a great trip 🙂 and don’t forget to update about your experience.

      • Rohit 2 February, 2015 at 8:52 AM Reply

        Definitely will 🙂

  6. Rohit 13 March, 2015 at 7:30 PM Reply

    Hi again !! Brace yourself as this is gonna be a long post. But I am sure it will be helpful for the other readers. I finally got around to get together all required documents (mentioned on your website). A few VERY IMPORTANT things:

    Hotel reservation for Visa purposes can be easily done FOR FREE from booking.com. They don’t even require a credit card for it. I printed out the booking confirmations of hotels in different cities which I am going to visit. BTW, I applied for my Schengen Visa from Czech Embassy, made a good long 12 days itinerary of Czech Republic.

    Now, Second and probably the most important one is the Confirmed Flight Booking. This is the part which was a major hurdle, at least for me. At one point, I was planning to buy a refundable ticket (expensively priced at Whopping 1lac+) just for Visa purpose and then I was to cancel it (for a service charge still amounting to 3-4K) after getting the Visa. Then going for a new booking with a normal fare. It does sound crazy and far-fetched or whatnot but what can I say, I am a noob to this. I spent hours and days reading and found numerous people facing the same “Confirmed Flight Booking requirement” problem. I didn’t wanna risk giving them “On-hold Booking”.

    Then I read somewhere that (exact quote) “any travel agent worth his salt can provide you a booking confirmation FOR FREE” as it only costs them few minutes. I called a random travel agent (got the number from justdial) and yes, he was a godsend. He instantly agreed to provide me the booking confirmation of whatever country, I needed. Didn’t try to upsell me anything either and provided me some advise about Visa application too. That same night, he mailed me the confirmation.

    That booking confirmation had all the Flight details, Your own details, Price, Booking Reference no, and YES, IT SAID “CONFIRMED” on it. The booking can also be cross-checked on the website as it stays active and confirmed for at least 5-7 days.

    So, I was off to the Embassy next day (Feb 16th, Monday), with all the documents listed by you. It was not crowded at all, 7-8 people there. Got a token and my turn came in 5-7 minutes. The guy at the window went through all my documents and started keeping some of them aside. And returned back lots of them. Turns out they (same note on their notice window) DON’T need ITRs/Form 16s, Credit Card statements for a trip of <90 days.

    Also the Visa fees was only 4200 for <90 days Visa (Even Multiple Entry one) 🙂

    I was on my way back in just 10-12 minutes.

    Then on Feb 20, Friday same week, I got a call around 6PM about my interview scheduled for Feb 23rd, Monday at 1130. Found myself cramming to learn about places to visit, sights etc 🙂 Pleasantly surprised to see the application process going quick.

    Reached there on time for Interview, 10-12 people there all given the same time of 1130. No tokens this time, they were calling names and the person has to go in for the interview. Average time was around 5-7 minutes per person. They my names came after 3-4 others. Went in. A pretty lady (Czech, I assume) in her early-mid 30s, sitting on the other side of the glass.She started with the interview.

    We got off on an odd start, she greeted "Good morning", I replied "Good afternoon", it was 1210, she looked at her watch and said Good Afternoon. I hoped to not come across as a wise-ass. Then she asked "Why do you want to go Czech Republic ?" I told her that I have heard and read many good things about it. I always wanted to go to Europe and April End is known to be the best time to visit Czech Republic. The beautiful architecture and the lovely cobble stone streets etc,

    Then she asked what do I plan to visit there. I mentioned the popular castles, museums, cathedrals etc. (didn't mention names)

    I tried to reply with enthusiasm and smile, she kept nodding, but never smiled. She asked what do I do. Told her about my job. She then asked if have visited elsewhere before. Told about my last and only foreign trip to Thailand last year, she didn't go into details. She then asked if I am going with someone.Told her "Nope, solo trip". She was surprised and asked don't I wanna share this trip with a friend or someone. Told her that's it hard to get friends out of their busy schedules and come along. You will be hardly able to go anywhere waiting for someone.

    She than asked the trip duration, I told her 12 days. She thanked me and i came out of the room. It felt so quick and rushed as if she had already made up her mind. I felt it was definitely rejection. The travel agents whom I have consulted in past have always been skeptical and said that my application will have high changes of getting rejected because of not enough stamps in passport and traveling solo. My tenure in the present company is only 5 months,

    Came home disheartened. Kept waiting and waiting for their call for last 3 weeks. Made at least 50 calls at their embassy and no one picks up. Finally sent the email to them yesterday (March 12th) asking about status. Got reply from them today morning to collect passport between 3:30-4PM. Monday-Friday.

    These %^$&)@^$ didn't even me were there to collect their passports . The guy opened the counter at 1545 and I was the second one, gave him my submission receipt. He asked me to sign on it confirming delivery of the passport to me and gave me my passport. All nervous and scared I opened it and there it was !!! VIZUM STATY SCHENGENU !!! The Visa sticker !!

    And there was great joy among people, while I glowed with wonder. 🙂

    Anyways, THE BIGGEST MISTAKE I MADE, WAS TO NOT NOTICE THE SUBMISSION RECEIPT CAREFULLY WHICH MENTIONED – Estimated time of collection of passport: 10 days after submission subject to Police check….blah blah

    I wasted weeks waiting for a call !! The Visa had approval date of March 6th.

    All in all, a great experience, I also heard and now know that Czech Republic is fairly good to to the tourists. Your website was a huge huge help in this, it also helped me a lot with my Thailand trip last year. I hope my experience will be helpful to someone else.

    Thanks a lot again for his great Travel blog. Keep traveling and posting.

    • Prachi Singh 10 November, 2015 at 10:35 AM Reply

      Hi Rohit,
      Could you please share the contact details of the travel agent you used?
      Thanks a lot!

    • ankitraghuvanshi0925 24 July, 2016 at 5:34 PM Reply

      Hi Rohit,

      I have few questions as well, I am traveling to France, Spain and Italy with my fiance in Dec this year. I will be sponsoring her trip, what is the minimum balance in account to be kept for two people for 10days if all the tickets, hotels have been booked? Will they question on, If sudden money is transferred to the account to be shown two months before Visa application?

      • Aarti 27 July, 2016 at 12:41 PM Reply

        This would depend on the Schengen consulate you would apply your visa for. For eg: Italy would expect you to have a minimum of 50EUR per person per day. So That is like 500 EUR per person for 10 days. If you are two people they would expect 1000 EUR as a minimum bank balance for 8-10 days. Basically, in INR, ensure there is a minimum of over a lakh for two people for 8-10 days trip. This is after showing all confirmed return tickets and accommodation details.

        The minimum subsistence will vary depending on consulates. You may refer this link below –


    • Ankit Raghuvanshi 9 August, 2016 at 8:52 PM Reply

      Hi Makrand,

      How much funds I need to show for 2people for 8 days in Europe(France, Spain and Italy).

      Ankit Raghuvanshi

    • Ankit Raghuvanshi 5 October, 2016 at 11:57 PM Reply

      Hi Makrand,

      Thank you so much for the great great info! I got my visa approved.


  7. Rohit 13 March, 2015 at 7:37 PM Reply

    Pardon the grammar and typos please. Took me more than an hour to recall everything and pour my heart out here 🙂

    • Makrand 16 March, 2015 at 10:08 PM Reply

      Hi Rohit,

      Thank you so much for pouring your heart here. Appreciate the effort you took to provide information to other travelers. I will try to promote your comment in other form on my blog so that it’s more accessible to readers.

      I have a questions about the flight booking part. Didn’t the travel agent charge you any fees for giving you a booking. I understand its free for them but what about any service charge from them ?

      Have a wonderful time in Czech Republic. Happy travels. Keep visiting 🙂

  8. Rohit 17 March, 2015 at 9:59 PM Reply

    The travel agent I spoke to (a stranger, got the number from Just Dial) turned out to be surprisingly polite and courteous. He even offered me an Itinerary but I didn’t wanna impose on him so refused for it. He never asked for any money or service charge and himself said that it will only take him 5 minutes. I never even had to visit him, we talked on the phone and he emailed me the confirmation.

    He did do his part in trying to discourage me by saying “There is high possibility that your application might get rejected”. Maybe I was plain lucky or Czech Republic is too welcoming to the tourists.

    Bottom line, you should look for someone in your own area so that it’s easier to build rapport with them. Explain them your situation and tell them that you only need this Flight confirmation if it’s not too much trouble for them. You can also throw in ‘a possibility of making the booking through them should the Visa get approved’, as a last resort or as an answer for his unsaid-unexpressed – “What’s in it for me”. 🙂

    Btw, Like you, I am also going via Austria. The fare for Vienna is reasonably cheaper than to Czech Republic. And Vienna & Salzburg are beautiful from what I have heard.

    • Makrand 17 March, 2015 at 10:05 PM Reply

      Well in a very filmy way, I can say that universe was conspiring to send you to Czech Republic and sending this angelic agent was a part of it 🙂 :).

      Ya after lot of research I had figured out that flights from India are cheapest to two destinations – Vienna and Frankfurt. Though you didn’t ask for the tip but if you plan to stay in hostels in vienna, I would highly recommend Wombat’s city hostel. An excellent hostel at a very reasonable price.

      Once again, have a good trip 🙂

    • Rishi Kushwaha 13 September, 2016 at 12:28 PM Reply

      Hi Rohit, Could you please mail me or message me your contact number? I have some specific question regarding my europe trip. Looking for your help.

      You can mail me on hrishi.kushwaha@gmail.com

      Thanks a lot!!

  9. Rohit 19 March, 2015 at 7:32 PM Reply

    I looked it up:


    And it sure looks promising. Thanks a lot for suggesting it. 🙂

  10. najana 15 April, 2015 at 1:18 PM Reply

    looks like things have changed. I applied for schengen visa when I travelled to vienna in march 2013. I did not had to go through interview. Just submitted my documents and got the visa within 5 working days. Planning a trip to greece so was just browsing through when i stumbled upon ur blog.

    • Makrand 15 April, 2015 at 9:47 PM Reply

      Hi Najana,

      It may also depend upon the Embassy. Not every country may ask for an interview. If you had applied to Austrian embassy then it might have been smoother. It is possible that same can hold true fro Greece. Good Luck for visa.

  11. satyam 5 May, 2015 at 1:31 PM Reply

    hi Makrand
    I am planning to visit Czech Republic this July to meet my gf who is from czech. I am going out of india for the first time so i am worried that my visa would be rejected. I am travelling solo.
    I am a law student presently.
    What are the chances of me getting the visa?
    If the interviewer ask the reason of visit, should i tell that i am going to meet my gf or friend(girl) or should i say just about tourism and such things?
    Kindly provide some of your valuable suggestion over this situation.

    • Makrand 11 May, 2015 at 8:56 PM Reply

      Hi Satyam,

      Traveling solo should not be a problem in getting a visa if your documents are in place. Interviewers are more concerned about chances of you coming back, so put convincing points that you have strong reason to come back – be it your job, your family etc. If you mention your visit purely as tourism then you might be asked why you chose czech republic, so be prepared for such questions. The question whether you should mention about your girl friend is tricky one and to be honest I don’t know what would be correct thing to do. If you are completely in doubt then may be follow your heart and decide what to tell. If you decide to mention about your girl friend, be sure to mention again that you would come back. They might ask you about future plans. On a positive side, an invitation letter from her can help as well.

      Good luck

  12. SK 16 May, 2015 at 2:27 AM Reply

    Nice blog. So much of a hassle doing paper work for Indian passport holders. Our Indian passport is almost equal to that of a white ration card that govt. gives. 😛 🙂

    • Makrand 16 May, 2015 at 6:34 PM Reply

      Thanks for visiting. Yes the procedures are difficult for us but lets hope for a better tomorrow.

  13. Gaurav Tyagi 2 June, 2015 at 2:18 PM Reply

    nice detailed info there makrand, me and wife are travelling to central/eastern Europe starting from Austria for 16 days. i have applied the visa in Austrian embassy on 20 may as we ll be leaving on 11 June. it has been already 12-13 days since i submitted the visa application and now i am getting nervous about having it rejected. i have traveled to Belgium before and had my visa approved after an interview. also i had my visa rejected for Philippines for my honeymoon. considering my luck with visas i am getting really skeptical considering the time left. do schengen visa have a provision for emergency visa application as the Philippines have where visas are processed in a single day. i tried searching but could not find it on their websites.

    • Makrand 2 June, 2015 at 10:44 PM Reply

      Hello Gaurav,

      I am not aware of any such express visa application procedure. You can try your luck and call embassy to check status of application but not sure whether they entertain such status requests. As it has been 13 days hopefully you get your visa within 1-2 days. Good luck.

      • Amit 9 June, 2015 at 8:30 AM Reply

        Hello Makrand,

        Came across your blog and I must say it covers some of the most unanswered questions. Apropos to what has been said here I too have a question.

        I intend to travel to Italy next month(2nd week) solo as a tourist. I’m a bachelor and got my passport reissued very recently. Never travelled overseas. Spoke to a visa agent and he said that chances are very slim whilst some say it could happen. In your experience and interviews do you think the embassy has relaxed norms for solo traveler and that getting a visa shouldn’t be an issue provides documentation is evident?

        Thanks in advance.


        • Makrand 9 June, 2015 at 6:54 PM Reply

          Thanks for visiting Amit. Embassy would treat each application equally whether traveling solo or in a group. Main purpose of process is to check your reason for travel, whether do you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses, to make sure you won’t work in that country illegally and you will return back to your home country within visa validity period.

          Yes, there is a risk involved in your case. Embassies normally scrutinizes blank passport with extra caution. This understanding is based on lot of applicant experience and my own. My application to spain embassy was rejected few years back and agent had told me that blank passport was the reason though embassy won’t state that explicitly. I wasn’t sure how true it was but didn’t have any other option as all other documents looked fine. Having said that I would say if you are ready to take risk, then you can try your luck at the expense of few thousand rupees. You might get lucky as I know people who have got visa for a European country with a blank passport. Make sure your documents are 100 % fullproof and you only do refundable bookings wherever possible.

          • amitshiva 3 July, 2015 at 8:25 AM

            Dear Makrand,

            With much joy and cheer I’m glad to break the news that I received my first ever visa – a tourist Schengen. I was referred to an an agent by a reliable source who has been in the travel trade for years now. The agent seem very composed and spoke facts. Accepted by papers only when he was confident. After he saw my papers; he confirmed that you would get it and that’s exactly what happened. I got it in 7 days. Your blog served as a great help and inspiration.

            I now seek your valuable suggestions for cheap accommodations across Italy(hostels too would do; though private rooms)



          • Makrand 6 July, 2015 at 8:23 PM

            That’s awesome news :). I have’t been to Italy so can’t give you any particular suggestion. However have a look at bookings.com and hostel world. Read the reviews by other travelers. In Vienna I stayed in Wombart hostel which was excellent. Check if its available in any city in Italy. If yes then I would recommend that. While booking make sure it’s near to a metro station so that you can save on transport cost. Hostels generally don’t have private room although you may find some. Hope this helps. Have a great trip and share you experiences.

        • Prachi Singh 10 November, 2015 at 10:36 AM Reply

          Hi Amit,
          Could you please share the contact details of the travel agent you had used?
          Thanks a lot!

  14. ankur 2 July, 2015 at 9:53 PM Reply

    in how many days you know your sapin visa has been rejected

    • Makrand 3 July, 2015 at 7:17 PM Reply

      Hi Ankur,

      I was informed after two weeks.

  15. Rohit 9 July, 2015 at 9:19 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    Been a long time, and I’ve been so rude to not even describe my actual trip after I got the visa. Last few months have been so busy.

    So anyways, my departure was in the mid of April. It was a 12 days trip to 4 countries (7 cities):

    Austria (Vienna, Salzburg)
    Czech Republic (Prague, Cesky Krumlov)
    Switzerland (Lucerne, Interlaken)
    France (Paris)

    It was a connecting flight (Aeroflot, probably the most economical carrier from India to Europe) Delhi >Moscow > Vienna.

    I remember choosing to go to Vienna only because it turned out to have the cheapest fare from Delhi. But, I was so glad I included Austria. I had booked Wombat’s (Thanks a lot to you), it was probably the best of all the (8) hostels, I stayed in during my trip.

    And people there in Vienna are so so so polite, the most courteous people I’ve ever met in my life. Tourists are so much respected there in Europe. I don’t remember even a single soul who was rude to me, exaggerated as it may sound. Couple of people actually crossed the road (out of their way) to show me the right path, when I was lost. Loved every second of it. BTW, I am not sure if you have this mentioned in your post for Austria, but if anyone is going to Vienna, they shouldn’t miss the Opera at State Opera house.

    I got the standing ticket for just 3 Euros (as I had read on diff internet boards) and it was such (pun intended) rich experience worth much more than that. You may not like the play (i didn’t) but it’s all so lavish and glamorous even, definitely not something you’d wanna miss.

    Also, People there are so fit, you can see them jogging/working out any hour of the day – 3PM, 11AM whatnot. They smoke a lot though, or maybe seemed that way to me as Public smoking isn’t prohibited there.

    Public transportation is the key for a budget traveler in Europe. I used to do a quick research before arriving at the next city about travel passes available and their fares. It usually always works out more economical and advantageous than going without it. In some cities, the same travel pass would work in the tram/bus/subway too. And it makes the travel really smooth once you start to understand their routes/maps. Google maps is probably the next best thing since the invention of wheel 🙂 I used to download the offline maps and walking tour guides off the internet before leaving for the day.

    You can definitely walk much more there than here in Delhi/India, without getting tired (or even bored). You’d definitely notice the change of quality of air, no air pollution there. And the lovely cold breeze, increases your stamina. 🙂

    Cycling is such extensive means of transport in Europe, and they drive insanely fast too (but in their own lanes). I Didn’t encounter a traffic jam anywhere.

    Switzerland is really, like fairytale beautiful. It’s beauty isn’t overstated. I had my fears as i have read a lot about Switzerland and Paris being the most expensive places in the world. But it didn’t actually pinch me that much in comparison to Austria as most of the EU countries (with Euros) are expensive for us.

    Czech Republic was like a Safe Haven for me, much more economical in comparison to other countries and beautiful and diverse too.

    For people traveling to Switzerland, and in fact most of the EU countries, advance travel booking for intercity/country travel is a must, if you are on a budget. I learnt it the hard way twice:

    The same ticket for intercity travel (in Switzerland) which showed me 30 Euros on the website, costed me exact 60 bucks, the next day (the day of travel). Just because, I was too lazy to book it the night earlier.

    I got stranded at a bus stop (for transfer from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov) for around 5 hours, as I had assumed that the Bus will accept on the spot payment and turned out they don’t. i finally had to look for an internet cafe to make the booking for the next bus.

    Did I mention, a card (cards actually, preferably of different kinds Debit/Credit) is a must, for travel reservations. I was carrying an HDFC Forex card which worked fine most of the times except on some websites which needed 2 Factor Authentication (that OTP PIN one) which wasn’t configured/enabled on it. I, then had to use my credit card incurring those disgusting conversion charges and all.

    Paris was the best !! The French delicacies really are the best of its kind. You must have heard about how people fall in love with this city and all that. They aren’t kidding. I loved every second of it and really made a special place in my heart. It isn’t as scenic as Switzerland, It is more dense (in terms of population) compared to the other countries, very fast-moving with people always in rush.

    But the diversity there and perhaps my lifelong dream of visiting France makes me biased towards it. And there was indeed a dramatic turn of events which made it better. I wanted to go to the Summit of the Eiffel tower and turned out the booking reservation on their site is sold out for next 6-7 months (really, check it out) And had read that people spend hours and hours in line to book the ticket from the counter.

    Sad about this, I visited Eiffel again on my last night of the trip, it was around past 10 PM and very cold, and then it started raining. I went near the ticket counter and to my surprise, it was still open and there was hardly any crowd there any more. The ticket to the summit of Eiffel tower was really worth it. Being at the top of, once the tallest buildings in the world.

    I had my return flight the next day and It really got me emotional, I really didn’t want to leave. But whatever !!

    All in all, it was probably the best trip of my life, all my innate fears of traveling solo fortunately turned out just fears. You actually have so much independence alone, getting up on your own time, touring till late night or until you feel like resting. No travel schedule to adhere to, just stay laid-back and all.

    I am sorry for such a long post, but felt like posting my experience here as your website was like a foundation for me where I started with learning how to apply for Visa and all. And I hope to be of even a little help for any reader traveling to these lovely places.

    Thanks a lot, again.

  16. SWATI 15 July, 2015 at 2:28 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    I am Swati from Kolkata. We a couple of late fifties wish to visit Turkey & Athens during early Oct. this year. While going thru the allied sites, suddenly I came across your travel blog & was following it for last few days. It seemed like you may throw some light on our problem.
    First I’m to mention that our foreign travel experience is almost NIL. Our sole experience was to walk in the Himalayas for last 32 years! Our first & only foreign travel was to Cambodia & Thailand last December. And in both cases visa process was almost hassle-free.But now for Turkey trip, while going thru several sites & blogs, we could understand that we’ve made a great mistake by planning to come back to Turkey after visiting Athens.Our return flight from Istanbul is on 21st. Oct. and we planned to come back from Athens on 19th.& spend 2 more days at Turkey.
    My query is.. does Turkey allows multiple entry visa? Or our Schengen visa for Greece will allow us to stay at Istanbul for the last 2 days if that visa is multiple entry one?
    Can you suggest me any way out? Otherwise I’ll have to reschedule my tour & cancel all the flight tickets which will be a big economic burden!
    Please help me to find a way out.

    • Makrand 15 July, 2015 at 10:54 PM Reply

      Hi Swati,

      Yes, Turkey does issues multiple entry visas though visa fees is quite high (around 10 k ).

      You also have another option to get e-visa for last 2 days as you have a valid Schenghen visa.

      You don’t need to cancel your bookings but have to pay some extra money in visa

      For more details please go through this link


      Hope this helps.Please let me know if you have any additional question.

  17. Shankar 15 July, 2015 at 3:30 PM Reply

    Hi, Is it wise to apply for a Schengen Visa after having a denial last year due to Insufficient Balance and Intended stay duration not justified . By the way i had applied for German Visa. I have had a Schengen Visa in 2009 and also have a 10 year unused US Visa on my passport. Do you suggest that I should apply for tourist Schengen Visa again?

    • Makrand 15 July, 2015 at 9:52 PM Reply

      Hi Shankar,

      Embassy treats each application as a new application. If your documents are complete this time then your previous rejection should not be a problem although you might be asked about it in case there is an interview.

  18. Richard Chandy 21 July, 2015 at 2:05 PM Reply

    hi Makrand

    You blog was super and very detailed . Kudos for helping fellow travellers like us.

    Me and my wife along with our infant (2 years)were planning on doing a Vienna / Prague / Germany tour.
    . We have been to UK a couple of years back but never applied for a Schengen Visa. Needed your guidance on a couple of things
    Do you need a minimum amount in your bank balance for the visa. What do you suggest

    Do we get any refund of air and other reservations in case the visa gets rejected

    What is the best mode of travel in between Vienna -Prague -Berlin – Munich
    Also what do you suggest for best accommodations at these places.

    • Makrand 21 July, 2015 at 7:31 PM Reply

      Hi Richard,

      A bank statement is required along with application. You should have a good balance which shows you can cover your expenses. I don’t know the exact number but as per many travel agent it should b above 1.5 lacs.

      If you mean refund from embassy then no we don’t get any thing refunded from them. You should book refundable flights which can be cancelled if required. Hotel bookings can be done from bookings.com where fully refundable hotels are available to book which you can cancel later on.

      I haven’t been to germany so don’t know about it . But Vienna- Prague can be traveled by bus if looking for a cheaper option. Its around 5 hours drive and buses are of excellent quality.

      I stayed in hostel so can’t provide inputs on accommodation options for family. You can find ratings on tripadvisor and bookings.com to find good hotels.

      Hope this helps..

  19. yashaswi 27 July, 2015 at 4:26 PM Reply


    Really informative. I have a query though. My husband and I are planning a honeymoon trip for 9 days to greece, We both have a monthly income of 1 lakh plus. our whole trip is booked and paid for (flights, hotels, everyhing)

    Here is my issue, i have been paying the travel agent and hence my balance in the account has been fluctuating and is in few tens thousands and i have a Euro travel card which will more than sustain us in europe for 10 days. my husband on the other hand has a balance of 5 lakh plus. will i have an issue getting a visa. even though i am submitting my payslip and all?


  20. Makrand 27 July, 2015 at 7:28 PM Reply

    Hi Yashswi,

    For an individual application a balance less than 1 lac might be tricky but since you are traveling with your husband then you can mention that in covering letter along with mention of Euro travel card.

    Did your travel agent give any input on this ? I have always applied for my individual application so do not have much information for joint application rules.

    • Yashaswi 27 July, 2015 at 8:09 PM Reply

      Hi Makrand… Thanks for your advice…
      I did speak to him… He said get it transferred to the account so that I can show the required balance .. But here is my query.. I have not maintained bal over a lakh in my account for few months… Would that be an issue???

      • Makrand 28 July, 2015 at 8:56 PM Reply

        Hi Yashaswi,

        As per my conversation with a travel agent, transfer of a very big amount just before visa application is not always a good idea. As long as your statement displays a considerable balance even though its below 1 lac for some time, should be ok. When I applied for a month or two the balance was in range of 80 k in my account however for majority of the duration I had maintained over 1 lac. Again no one can guarantee anything as it depends on judgement of embassy of your financial capabilities. But to answer your question again it should be ok if its below 1 lac for some time and by transferring some money you can again make it 1 lac. Moreover since its a combined application for both of you, application becomes strong. Good luck with your application

  21. satyam 28 July, 2015 at 9:48 PM Reply

    hi Makrand,

    I applied for tourist visa to Czech embassyon 15th of july and i got a call on 23rd evening at 7:22pm which i missed it.I tried to call them back but no one picked,since then i am trying but no one answers. I mailed them also apologizing on that particular day of call. I didnt get any reply.
    My travel dates are 12th to 19th of august and i am worried what if they dont reply.
    I am travelling for the first time outside India and i am a student, so i suppose that call was for interview.
    What should i do?

    • Makrand 29 July, 2015 at 12:12 AM Reply

      Hi Satyam,

      Just curious to know that how did you figure out that the call was from embassy ? I am asking this because call was received outside embassy working timing which is odd.

      Are you located in Delhi ? In that case you can try going there during document submission time and explain them the situation. If not then try to contact a travel agent who can assist in that.

  22. satyam 29 July, 2015 at 12:08 PM Reply

    That number was mentioned on the embassy website and yeah through truecaller also I came to know it was from embassy. I am not located in delhi. They aren’t even replying to my emails. They don’t answer to your questions in the submission time, travel agent tried that.

    • Makrand 29 July, 2015 at 8:24 PM Reply

      Unfortunately many other people have similar experience with czech embassy and had to try really hard to get a reply. The only way seems is to keep following up with them. They have your passport so they will eventually contact you back but since time is limited, I would suggest to send a mail everyday and try calling multiple times. You might be lucky to get a response. Also ask the agent to check at passport collection time instead of submission time. Apart from this I am not sure what else can be done. Hope for the good.

  23. satyam 31 July, 2015 at 2:59 PM Reply

    hey ,
    i got a call again today which was for interview and is scheduled on 4th of august…my travel date is 12th of august…
    i hope they would keep this mind and grant/deny my visa before that…
    Thank you for your valuable response 🙂

  24. Niti 4 August, 2015 at 1:46 AM Reply

    Hi satyam! It’s the same case with my parents but they are coming on an invitation to Prague as we live here. They had submitted all the documents 15days back and on Friday they got a call for an interview tomorrow. Just wanted to know , did you actually book the flight tickets or you just got them blocked by some travel agent as this is the only thing that is bothering me.

    My parents are so stressed, feels like a job interview 😉

  25. Talha 14 August, 2015 at 6:28 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand! Just landed on your blog and found it really helpful. I need some information from you. Will it be okay if I don’t submit salary slips of the last three/six months? My salary will be mentioned in the employer letter though.

    • Makrand 17 August, 2015 at 7:17 AM Reply

      Hi Talha,

      It should be ok. As per latest what I heard about process, czech embassy in particular doesn’t ask for salary slips.

      • Talha 17 August, 2015 at 1:43 PM Reply

        One more thing, I have traveled to 10 countries including Australia, New Zealand, England and South Korea so I am a bit confident for my visa but a friend of mine will also be applying with me who has traveled only to Saudi Arabia few times.

        So if we apply together, will there be same decision on both of our applications? Like will I be at risk if we apply together? Or should we apply separately?

  26. satyam 14 August, 2015 at 11:39 PM Reply

    hi makrand..!
    No i didnt book the flight tickets,agent made it and charged me with 500 bucks…
    and good news is that i got the visa.. 🙂

    • Makrand 17 August, 2015 at 7:18 AM Reply

      Glad to hear that. Have a great trip.

  27. yashaswi 18 August, 2015 at 1:01 PM Reply


    I have applied for the Greek Visa, I have a query. Can we know the status of the application on the online tracker? or does it just show the passport status and you will find out about Visa after you collect the passport?

    • yashaswi 18 August, 2015 at 1:05 PM Reply

      i mean do you know if you visa is accepted or not on online tracking site?

  28. yashaswi 20 August, 2015 at 12:31 PM Reply

    hi Makrand

    I applied for the Visa on 12th. now today i got an interview call and i am freaking out. I double triple checked all the papers and according to what i read online my papers seems okay. Financially and otherwise. and i have heard greek embassy is soft on application.

    My travel agent says its common for people with blank passports and its a mere formality. Is it true? is it really common for people who havent had a visa a before?

    What all documents should i carry with me for the interview??

    • Makrand 22 August, 2015 at 2:18 AM Reply

      Sorry for the delayed reply to your previous query. So you know now that status of your application is in process. Its normal to freak out when you hear about interview but its going to be fine. The main purpose of interview is to know your purpose of travel and your financial standing. They want to make sure you will come back to India and will not stay there illegally. The questions would be basic about your purpose of visit where you can mention going as tourist. Its better to know your itinerary and some high level information about places which you want to visit in Greece. If you are going as a tourist and don’t know the cities/places to visit, it doesn’t make sense to them. Secondly they want to understand you have enough funds so that you can afford your travel there. You can carry your salary slips/bank statements in case not required during application although there is rare chance they will want that during interview. If they ask who is paying for your trip then you can mention you will pay and mention about your job/business and how much you earn .

      Again like your agent said many people go through it and even I had mine as well. You can read my experience in this post.

      Hope this helps. Good luck.

      • yashaswi 24 August, 2015 at 12:02 PM Reply

        hi Makrand,

        We had our visa interview… Actually my husband had his visa interview… he was asked questions like when u got married, why traveling so late for honeymoon, where all you planning to go… whats his profession, how much he earns, how long has he been working and whether i work or not… it was barely a 4 min conversation, following which the lady told him that she has all the answers she needs and she doesnt need to see me…

        Now i dont know if thats a good thing or bad…. any idea whats this?

        • Makrand 29 August, 2015 at 8:44 PM Reply

          Well just like you even I don’t have a concrete idea but I would take that as positive sign. Interviews are not of longer duration so don’t worry about that part. Keep your fingers crossed. Good luck

  29. Manish 21 August, 2015 at 8:09 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I am planning to visit Germany this year for a week , my German friend in Germany whom i know and have good friendship with him because he stayed in our society in India for 6 months. As of now he is employed in Germany (with good salary) and asked me several times to visit his place, I am finally planning for my 1st international solo trip. He is willing to give sponsorship for my stay there .

    My query is, do i really need minimum balance of Rs1.5 lakhs in my account + itenary for staying there even he is willing to give my sponsorship ?
    Though i have enough money (as my friend said,but < Rs 50k) for my stay there.


    • Makrand 22 August, 2015 at 2:24 AM Reply

      You will need an invitation letter from your friend stating that he will sponsor your trip along with his passport copy at the minimum. Also check if any specific rules are there for Germany.

      For itinerary you can mention about visiting your friend in X city and staying with him. Its always good to have a good balance in account even if your friend is sponsoring.There is no definite answer to the amount of Rs 1.5 lakhs. The purpose is to make your application strong and prove that you have enough funds for your trip and reason to return to India. You can show any property paper or Fixed deposits to show your financial standing. At the end it depends on embassy’s decision

      Try to contact embassy and get an answer from them to be more sure.

  30. Manish 24 August, 2015 at 12:31 PM Reply

    aha that’s true whether i will be returning to India or not that might worry them,good bank balance can be helpful in that case.
    Thanks 🙂

  31. rex 2 September, 2015 at 6:55 PM Reply

    i am an indian national living in kuwait and i would like to sponsor and take my parents-in-law(in india) for a euro tour . they are 70+ aged . How do I convince the french embassy india that they will return home after the trip ?

    • Makrand 5 September, 2015 at 9:00 AM Reply

      You can submit all the required documents mentioned in the post to embassy. A good financial statement would give hints of having ability to afford expenses. In case there is an interview at embassy then they can tell about family or a property in India as reason to come back.

  32. gargkapil2008 12 September, 2015 at 5:29 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I applied for Shenzhen business visa though a travel agent and he told me that i have an interview after three days but he hasn’t given me any receipts or anything. My interview is at Switzerland embassy. He said you will be given token number there.

    • Makrand 13 September, 2015 at 11:23 PM Reply

      Yes, this is how the procedure is. Embassy people will have list of names with them who have interview scheduled that day. They first give a token number to every one and then call one by one based on the number

      • gargkapil2008 14 September, 2015 at 9:15 AM Reply

        So no receipts or appointment letter are required for the same. Just they will call up.

        • Makrand 14 September, 2015 at 1:46 PM Reply

          Yes. Once you reach embassy, you will see a counter window. Just tell them you have an appointment today and got a call from embassy. They will have the list and issue you a token number for interview.

  33. Rup 25 September, 2015 at 5:12 PM Reply

    Hello Makrand,

    First of all, thank you for sharing the experience. That is so nice of you for such an effort.
    Going to my query, I am a little worried about two things –

    1. Medical coverage of 30,000 Euros, it freaked me out as I just have a medical coverage of 5 Lakh rupees and that to through my company, not sure if that covers internationally or not. Can you give me some information how can I get that done without causing much harm to my pocket, as I also need to keep my wallet well balanced for VISA

    2. I usually transfer amount to my savings bank account and therefore my salary account do not have a good balance. On this regard I have two questions – first Can I instead give my saving account bank statement instead of salaried account for the VISA and secondly, if I transfer all my money back to salaried account now at once, won’t it create any concern…..

    Thanks you so much in advance!!!!

    • Makrand 27 September, 2015 at 9:09 PM Reply

      Hi Rup,

      1. You can buy a travel insurance for europe which can give you this much coverage. The premium would be one time costing around 1000 rs. All well known insurance/finance companies e.g hdfc, icici etc provide that and can be easily purchased online. You can compare policies that you find the best.

      2. It isn’t necessary to provide statement from salary account. It can be any saving bank account with a good balance. Transferring a big amount at once to you salary account to show balance is not a good idea as embassy want to see a healthy balance over a period of time instead of having it available immediately just before making application.

      Good luck with your application.

  34. Rup 30 September, 2015 at 11:37 AM Reply

    Thank you Makrand! Quite helpful…. I am using VISA services from Thomas cook and also getting the medical insurance done through them. it costs me 700 Rs.

  35. S Malakar 13 January, 2016 at 6:33 AM Reply

    Hello Makrand.
    Thank you for putting up so valuable advices.
    I’m going to visit my friend in Hungary and they are willing to be my host and sponsor and also send the official invitation letter, passport copy etc.
    My questions are –

    1. I finished my studies in mid 2015. Hence currently unemployed and planning to do my masters after return or get a job. Will that be a problem?

    2. As I read, my friend needs to submit the income proof and residency proof while issuing the invitation letter. So do I have to submit those again to the consulate?
    (Btw, what does a copy means officially? A Xerox copy sent by post?)

    3. If I must show my money even after my friend shoulders all the costs (do I?), can my father be the sponsor and present his bank account and tax returns ? Is that hopeful?

    4. If my visa gets rejected, will I lose the money for flight booking too? Or if I can have refund, how long are the deadlines before which I must refund?

    As im travelling first time, i dont know where to consult these. I really need to know the chances of my visa getting approved. Please, any tips will be helpful.
    Thank you.

    • Makrand 13 January, 2016 at 7:56 PM Reply

      Hi S Malakar,

      Please see my responses. I have tried to answer in best possible way but I am not an expert on this and have written this post based on my experiences so contact a travel agent and read other forums too to get your answers.

      1. Embassy want to ensure two things – You can afford all your expenses (either sponsored or yourself ) and your will return to India. Try to make your application as strong as possible.

      2. Copy should mean xerox copy. Yes, your friends documents copy should also go with your application.

      3. i believe its better to show as much fund as possible. In covering letter you can mention about your friends sponsorship and additional fund available from your father.

      4. You should book a refundable flight ticket so that you are only charged a cancellation fees in case you need to cancel. However refer to one of the comment posted by Rohit in the comment section. He was able to book a fully refundable flight with the help of a travel agent but I haven’ tried it yet myself. Deadline for cancellation depends on the airlines. You can find cancellation rules on the airline website or travel portal from where you will be doing the bookings.

      • S Malakar 5 March, 2016 at 4:15 PM Reply

        Thanks a lot for taking time to reply my queries. I have acquired a few new things. Please advice on these –
        1. My father agreed to be my sponsor and issue a notarized sponsorship letter and produce his passport copy, financial documents along with tax returns.
        2. I acquired a fixed deposit and a land from my parents recently.

        Will these help? Will it make strong ties for me to India?

        Also, I’m totally confused about the air-ticketing. Should I submit the original ticket or the receipt? buy from which site? etc. I contacted Thomas cook for flight bookings, but they were saying I have to buy the whole ticket. Also the post you mentioned says such reservation stays confirmed for 5-7 days but the embassy states to wait 15 days… How to take risk that the visa application will be viewed before the reservation cancels itself?

        Your opinions would be very helpful.

        S Malakar.

        • Makrand 9 March, 2016 at 9:46 PM Reply

          Yes, these should help.

          About the tickets – I haven’t tried the reservation system myself, so can’t comment on that. Normally embassy would check the application within a day or two. I was contacted by another traveler who applied recently and they got the positive call within 3 days although their passport will be returned within 15 days. If you don’t want to take much risk then book refundable tickets.

  36. uday bhan singh 25 January, 2016 at 8:49 PM Reply

    Hi, Makrand,
    my first abroad visit ,
    i was traveled malta country for 47 days stay on business visa. than i have applied again visa for same country for multiple entry of one year , but they refused my visa with reason ( your intention to leave the territory of the member state before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained.) and also they have put stamp on my passport with mark C. So i am confused why they reject my visa ,because i have already visit malta before .
    also please guide me, if i apply visa again for same country, they will accept or not, and what the extra document need for again apply visa.
    please guide properly ,

    Uday Singh-Jaipur

    • Makrand 1 February, 2016 at 8:01 PM Reply

      Hi Uday,

      I am not exactly sure but may be they had doubts about need of multiple entry visa. Did you mention anything in the covering letter about your business. You can apply again and may be add more details in covering letter that you need to enter and exit multiple times due to business needs. You can give details about your company in India and you have reason to return to India. You can try contacting a visa consultancy as I have only applied for tourist visas earlier and not business visa.

  37. Prema Raghu 31 January, 2016 at 5:14 PM Reply

    hello mr markhand, my daughter and neice are travelling to greece and paris in the third week of february. My daughter is working and they have sanctioned her 10 days of leave. Is it sufficient or she has to get a NOC from the company she is working in. If so what should be stated in the body of the letter?. She has the following documents with her.

    1. Passport size photo (3 Nos)
    2. Bank statements ( she has a minimum balance of Rs 3000/ but has a fixed deposit receipt for Rs 2 lacs
    3. passport copy ( blank as it is the first time she is travelling, tourist)
    4. VISA application form
    5. IT return acknowledgement for 2 years
    6. Salary slips for six months
    7.To and fro tickets from delhi to greece, greece to paris and paris to india.
    8. Hotel bookings copies

    Please let me know if these documents are sufficient for VISA process.

    I want to know if NOC is a must.

    • Makrand 1 February, 2016 at 8:06 PM Reply

      Hello Mr. Prema Raghu,

      As per following document list, NOC has to be submitted


      It has to be on company letter head and should have stamp and signature of authority. HR department of most of the companies are aware of this document so your daughter’s company should be able to provide it.

      Also as travel date is third week of February, please apply for visa as early as possible

  38. prateek 8 February, 2016 at 10:49 AM Reply

    I am having stamped visa and i ll be raveling soon,I would like to ask that what exactly the immigration team ask at the time of departure in the airport,Do they Check my account balance because i have already given the fund proof at the time of applying visa. Do they ask how much money you are having in your account?

    Please help.

    • Makrand 9 February, 2016 at 8:25 PM Reply

      Hi Prateek,

      The immigration team won’t ask for account balance or financial statements. They will check your passport and may ask about your return flights or travel plan. Nothing to worry about as you have stamped visa. Have a good trip 🙂

  39. Prema Raghu 8 February, 2016 at 10:00 PM Reply

    thankyou matkand. I have few more queries, since they two are travelling, is it safe in greece and paris for women travellers. Further, Any tips you would like to give them on the following

    1. How many euros they have ti take from india
    2, Where to get prepaid sim cards for calling India
    3. Whether they have to take waist pouch ( to keep cell phone, Passport n currency)
    4. Whom to contact in case of any trouble
    5 Is there a Govt sight seeing option
    6 Is Metro and other busses are safe for female passengers

    Please clarify on these points as I am a bit tensed.

    Thanks in advance

    • Makrand 9 February, 2016 at 8:57 PM Reply

      Hi Sir,

      I haven’t been to Greece and Paris, But in general in Europe it should be fine in day time to wander around in most parts of city. Paris is a safe city but I would advice to go through this link for safety advice.


      1. It would not be advisable to carry huge amount of euros in cash. I would say to carry euros which will last for few days and then withdraw from ATM there. How much would be required per day varies from person to person. To get some idea about costs in paris , please refer following link


      2. I am not sure about that. I didn’t take a SIM in europe as free wifi is available both in hotels and many cafes. They can search online or enquire at airport once they land there. I used whatsapp/skype/gmail to contact home.

      3. I would advice against carrying a waist pouch as they mark them outsider and tourist carrying money. Better carry a handbang just like in India. Again its a personal choice but I don’t see any specific reason to carry that. To keep passport and currency a pouch can be bough which can be put in handbag.

      4. You caught me on this :). I hadn’t given much thought on this in detail. In case of trouble I would reach out in following order – ask the locals nearby for help, try to spot a policemen or police station, They can save emergency contact numbers of paris like hospital and police station. Also as they will be having travel insurance, their local contact number if any. And also memorize cell numbers back home. Again we are talking about extreme situations, otherwise shouldn’t be any problem. Better to keep all this information on a paper in addition to storing in phone.

      5. By Govt Sight seeing you mean tour agency by government ? Every city has a tourist information center which can let them know about tours. Also hotels help in arranging tours.

      6. Public transport like buses and metro are excellent way of transport. They are cheap and safe. Take caution in night though as neighborhood of some metro stations may be unsafe in night. This can be asked about in hotel.

      I can understand your concern as a parent so I will tell what precautions I take in addition to above points. I would send a copy of all booking- hotel and train/flight to my family so that they know where I will be at a particular day/time. I will send them a message from airport/hotel/new city atleast once a day to keep them updated. Once I reach hotel I would ask about safety in neighborhood and safety in night in the city. Also ask your daughter to scan a copy of passport front and back pages and visa stamp and email to themselves if they haven’t done so.

      Hope I was able to answer your queries. No need to get tense. Europe is safer and if they take same precaution which they take in India, they should be perfectly fine. Wish them a good trip.

  40. Prema Raghu 10 February, 2016 at 12:38 AM Reply

    thanks a lot makrand. You have eased my tension to a lot of extent.

  41. mantu kumar 12 February, 2016 at 7:02 PM Reply

    hi markand..
    i applied and was interviewed for my schengen visa at polish embassy new delhi on 29th feb . This is my first international visit plan and hence, my passport is blank.I applied for the visa with “official invitation” and had a preety warm interview

    I was told tht it will take 7 days and a max of 1 days. It has been 15 days as of now.. including 11 working days… and the worry is that my 14 days trip starts on 25 feb.. and i dont know even about accptance/rejection yet..

    i called the embassy today and i was told “under process”

    how do you think are the chances?

    • Makrand 13 February, 2016 at 6:40 PM Reply

      Hi Mantu Kumar,

      I would be guessing it same as like you. As the interview was fine, you can hope to get visa in time, You can’t tell till you get your passport back. Sorry can’t be of much help.

  42. Megha 25 February, 2016 at 1:52 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand

    I applied for a 90 days tourist visa for swizerland as my husband is der for a 1 yr TCS project.
    My visa got rejected on 18th feb from Mumbai swiss embassy with reason “no enough evidences given for returning to origin country bft the expiry of visa”

    Can I immediatly reapply and what document do u suggest so that my visa dsnt get rejected again.

    Also got a letter which saya I cn re appeal. Does reapeal hepls?

    • Makrand 26 February, 2016 at 9:18 PM Reply

      Hi Megha,

      I am sure you would have submitted return flight tickets and other required documents as specified in this post with the application. Please go through the document list required by swiss embassy and cross check if you missed any thing. Try to make your application strong by giving enough reasons to return to India (e.g. your job/home in India) If you can provide a list of document you submitted, I can provide inputs if any from my end. You can also consult a travel agent.

      I am not sure about re appeal process but I know this option can be availed if you feel very confident that your application had all the required documents. You can apply immediately as each application is treated separately but be prepared to be asked that why do you think your application was rejected last time and what you have changed this time.

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  44. Anand 24 March, 2016 at 1:53 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    Firstly, I would like to thank you for such a detailed article.
    I am travelling solo to Europe, I am applying via VFS on 31st March. I have the following items:
    1) Return tickets from Paris
    2) Hotel reservations for all 26 days
    3) Bus, train and flight tickets for the travel between different cities.
    4) Salary slips, IT returns etc.

    But problem is, due to Tax saving commitments in Jan my acc balance dropped to 50000 INR.. But now I have a balance of about 2,80,000. Plus 2,20,000 of Deposits and 4,12,000 of PPF holdings.

    Is the saving portfolio good enough or should I postpone my interview date to 20 april? I intend to travel on may 26. can it create a problem due to influx of money within a month or so?

    Moreover, can you suggest what to write as reason of travel on covering letter.

    Thanks in advance looking forward to your reply.

    • Makrand 28 March, 2016 at 9:36 AM Reply

      Hi Anand,

      If you have maintained a healthy balance over a period of time, then drop to 50k for few days shouldn’t be a problem. Again this is all subjective and depends on embassy decision. Your current date of application is better as it gives you enough time to apply plus prepare for the trip. The reason of traveling in covering letter should be your purpose i.e. tourism

  45. Anand 24 March, 2016 at 1:56 AM Reply

    P.S.: I have a blank passport. And I am going to the french consulate

  46. Riddhima 25 March, 2016 at 4:55 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    Your article has provided a very good insight in the visa procedures especially for first time travellers.
    I am planning to travel solo to Spain for 15 days in May end (1st trip abroad) and I am currently interning while pursuing a professional course. I have managed to save ₹ 1,90,000 even though my per month inflows are not too great. I have not filed any ITR as I am exempt from paying taxes. Should I give a reference of a family member for an additional source of fund for the trip or will this amount suffice?

    Also, what should be the dates of the bank statements? As I have not booked anything as of now, should it be before booking everything or after

    Many thanks in advance

    • Makrand 28 March, 2016 at 10:14 AM Reply

      Hi Riddhima,

      How much balance should be present in account is always a subjective question and I have never found a concrete answer for this. I came across this document which mentions about guidelines for funds and as per this for 15 days trip you need to 1000 Euros approx which you have. You can mention about internship and ITR returns in covering letter. Bank statement is required for last 6 months from date of application. so e.g. if you are applying on march 29, you can provide statement from Oct-2015 to March 2016. Please check the latest rule whether its 3 or 6 months bank statement requirement.

      You will need to show booking in advance. There are a couple of sites like booking.com where you can do free or fully refundable bookings. You will also need to show airline tickets and internal travel tickets if moving across cities/countries

  47. uday bhan singh 26 March, 2016 at 10:33 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    I have applied my business visa for Malta for one month,on 2nd of march in new delhi embassy , my my visa still showing in process.

    (Your Passport Status)
    VFS Visa application reference number.UDAY SINGH has been outscanned to High Commission of Malta from Malta New Delhi OC for further processing)

    above is the status of my visa, Please tell me what is OC process , and it is accept or not , n why my visa is delay by embassy..

    • Makrand 28 March, 2016 at 10:30 AM Reply

      Hi Uday,

      Time taken by embassy varies across each application. Yes 1 month is longer time but if its still in processing then you will need to wait for the reply. You may try contacting them via mail or phone. Whether visa is accepted or rejected will be known only when you get the passport back

      • Uday Bhan Singh 28 March, 2016 at 10:50 AM Reply

        Thanks but how many chances to get visa. Because last i have aplied for one year for same country. In nov15 but that time they reject my visa ..with reason. Like u will never come back.. So pls tell.. A

        • Makrand 30 March, 2016 at 9:07 PM Reply

          It would be difficult for me to comment on this. Each application is treated differently by embassy so you need to wait for the reply. I would say , consult a travel agent in case of negative response again .

  48. Kanika Gupta 7 April, 2016 at 8:48 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    Wow looking at your blog and the questions, it seems like Indians are highly unfortunate, as far as passport is concerned. Well i have a query of my own! Although I have visited Europe twice, once to UK in 2009 (student trip) and once to Germany in 2013 (Business). I am self employed and just recently started doing my own business, i am an exporter. My income is highly irregular but of course I have the balance required for travel. Besides my mom is also ok to give me her FD work 3 lacs as a proof of funds. I am planing to travel to Czech Republic as i have freinds there (Czech citizens) who also sent me an invite. The only apprehension I have here is that I am actually somewhat of a freelancer on the side and also have a business that is at its very early stages. Now my questions are:

    1. Although I want to travel for a month, is it advisable that I show to the embassy that my travel is only for 10-15 days because get a 90 day visa anyway?
    2. Does UK and Shengen visa on my passport help?
    3. How effective do you think a letter of invitation will be?
    4. If i get the visa, is it good idea to fly into Prague and fly out of Paris? I mean I am only applying from Czech and that is actually teh place where i plan to stay the longest.
    5. I read somewhere in your comments, do they not require ITR and credit card statements?

    Looking forward to your response.


    • Makrand 8 April, 2016 at 8:44 PM Reply

      Hi Kanika,

      Yes the visa procedure for Indians is complex and recently they have introduced scanning of finger printing as well.

      My responses to your queries :

      1. It would be better to specify one month of travel if you plan to do that. Why you would want to specify 15 days as opposed to one month as you are following the rules. Your funds should be sufficient for 1 month as well.
      2. They might help but again each time application is treated independently from documents point of view.
      3. A letter of invitation is good as it can strengthen your purpose of travel however please check whether any additional document of inviting person is needed. i don’t know the rules about that
      4. Once you get the visa you can fly in and out from any airport you want.
      5. Yes looks like they don’t need it now. Better have it ready with you and can submit if required else leave it.

  49. Ankit 10 April, 2016 at 5:36 PM Reply

    Currently i am residing in UK and own a indian passport valid until 22-oct 2016.I have a Schegen visa issued by french embassy valid till 22-july 2016.
    Do you have any information regarding the passport validity requirements if i want to travel to Netherlands from London (30-April to 3rd May 2016) .
    As my passport will have the validity of 5.5 months on the date of my departure.

    • Makrand 12 April, 2016 at 9:29 PM Reply

      Hi Ankit,

      This is a tricky scenario. Normally requirement is to have validity of 6 months beyond travel date. However this is mostly required at the time of visa application. In your case you already have the visa so ideally it should be ok but I can’t confirm on this. Please try to reach out to embassy to get it confirmed.

  50. Sarah 10 April, 2016 at 10:53 PM Reply

    Hello Makrand,
    I have a query.. We a family of 6adults with kids planning to travel to Greece.. We got interview slots on different dates at vfs.. So my parents had the first appointment.. Theirs is ever first international travel.. My father is running a well to do business in his hometown.. And they have submitted all required financial statements.. The only document which didn’t have their name on it was the hotel accommodation, though it had booking number on it.. All other confirmed air tickets and everything else was in place.. But they were asked to attend a skype interview as its their first international trip..But now am concerned whether the hotel booking will turn back as a blocking stone for their visa.. When we all submitted, we had our names on hotel booking.. And we have mentioned that we are travelling as a group.. Kindly advise me on the same..

    • Makrand 12 April, 2016 at 9:32 PM Reply

      Hi Sarah,

      It shouldn’t be an issue and as they have an interview, they can easily explain they are traveling in a group so not having his name on voucher.

  51. sourabh hans 12 April, 2016 at 10:29 PM Reply

    Hello Makrand,

    My name is Sourabh Hans, I have been to Europe, but my passport got lost and i have been to there in 201, now i am planning to go again to Spain, and i have just started the job 2 months ago, I have Itr’s for last 2 years and bank balance of almost 3lac,but my account got opened in Febrauary’16…could you please advise what are my chances to get visa??


  52. sourabh hans 12 April, 2016 at 10:32 PM Reply

    Hello Makrand,

    My name is Sourabh Hans, I have been to Europe, but my passport got lost and i have been to there in 2014, now i am planning to go again to Spain, and i have just started the job 2 months ago, I have Itr’s for last 2 years and bank balance of almost 3lac,but my account got opened in Febrauary’16…could you please advise what are my chances to get visa??


  53. Rajat Baral 16 April, 2016 at 8:22 AM Reply

    Hi Markand

    Its a nice blog and filled up with very useful info. I should have gone through it before.

    Me, my wife and son were planning a trip to Europe – Hungary, Austria, and Czech for a 12 days trip. My son ha just completed graduation and are in an entry level job, while I and my wife are both working. We even mentioned that the trip will be sponsored by us and kept sufficient balance in the bank account, about 3.5 lakhs apart from all other requisites like return ticket, hotel booking, credit card copy, son’s letter from employer and resuming duty after the tour etc.

    While I and my wife got visa, Hungary rejected the visa for our son with the usual reason 1) Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided; 2) You have not provided proof of sufficient subsistence ……….”

    We again applied, with more document like Son’s registration in IGNOU for MCA etc – but its again rejected.

    Could you please advise :

    1. What we did wrong ?

    2. Does it makes sense to go to another European country . e.g Czech for visa, our travel date is 13th may 2016 night.

    3. Will my son face problem of getting visa elsewhere later for these rejections ?



  54. Shon 18 May, 2016 at 10:01 AM Reply

    Hello Makrand! Great post:) Just a little help, I am planning to visit my friend in France for 15days during my summer break in college. Being student, with college stipend and savings of my past internships/jobs, my balance is around E1800. After booking a flight, it would come down to E1700..or around a lakh rupees. What do you think? Should i approach a travel agent? will they be of any help? i would have a NOC from college stating i would be back to college for my upcoming semester.
    Looking forward:)

    • Makrand 18 May, 2016 at 7:52 PM Reply

      Hi Shon,

      There is no harm in talking with a travel agent and getting another opinion. But they also can’t guarantee of visa getting approved. The balance looks fine for a trip of 15 days. Moreover you can mention in your application that you will be staying with your friend and provide an invitation letter from him. Good luck.

  55. Piyush 24 May, 2016 at 8:00 AM Reply

    Hi, I’m an indian citizen living in US. Anyone u know, with experience applying for schengen visa through czech republic from US?

    • Makrand 25 May, 2016 at 8:52 AM Reply

      Hi Piyush,

      I know a friend who had applied for other schengen countries like Austria and Spain so process should ideally be same for Czech. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I can get responses for you. They had to visit embassy in person is the first pointer I can give you.

      • Piyush 25 May, 2016 at 9:00 AM Reply

        Thanks for the reply. I was given an appointment 7 days before my flight ticket and wanted to know the processing time for czech republic. On the website it says 7-15 days, but was wondering if there’s possibility to get the visa done in time, before I postpone my whole iternary. Specifically, the NY czech times.

  56. Megha Gupta 26 May, 2016 at 11:14 PM Reply

    Hi! Appreciate the piece. Me & my husband are planning to visit Czech Republic, Croatia & Italy in the coming month. Have assembled all the documents but I’ve joined office just an year back and don’t have a form 16 or ITR, is that okay? Also, do you have to essentially show all the inter-country transfers that happen in your itinerary? For us, it is going to be close to 6 transfers and not all are refundable. If by any chance our application is rejected, that’s going to be a big burning hole for our pocket.

    • Makrand 29 May, 2016 at 9:04 AM Reply

      Hi Megha,

      As per comments above from Rohit , embassy is not asking for ITR these days, but http://www.vfs-italy.co.in/delhi/pdf/tourist-2016.pdf mentions about form-16.so you can mention in covering letter that you don’t have form-16 for the stated reason. I think bank statement and salary slips should be enough though. Inter-country transfer bookings are not stated explicitly so not essential but are just added to make application strong. When I applied my agent had asked me to submit them although I believe they were not required.

      • meghaguptakohli 30 May, 2016 at 5:24 PM Reply

        Thanks Makrand! Apart from bank statements, salary slips, and NOC from office, I’m also submitting the job offer letter accepted by me to validate my date of joining. Majority of my transfers are already booked, just one destination’s left for which I’ve mentioned exact plan in my itinerary. Hopefully, that’d work.
        Have my appointment this Wednesday. Keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

  57. Aiswarya 3 June, 2016 at 12:42 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, me , hubby and our son are travelling to Europe for the first time in two weeks. We applied for visa through VFS Italy on 16th may. Our travel date is 14th. We still haven’t got our visa. VFS site is showing passport handed over to Italian embassy. Is it normal for visa application to take so much time? It will be 15 working days today. Otherwise three weeks. Troubling you because we are a bit worried and came across your blog as quite understanding. Thanx in advance.

    • Satyajeet 4 June, 2016 at 5:41 PM Reply

      Hi, please let know when you get it.
      We had VFS appointment for Switzerland on 31-May. We’re also traveling Europe first time in June itself.

      • Aiswarya 5 June, 2016 at 7:49 AM Reply

        Yeah sure. Wts your travel date?

        • Satyajeet Singh 5 June, 2016 at 9:05 AM Reply

          21 June

        • Satyajeet 6 June, 2016 at 1:10 PM Reply

          Our visas were stamped on 3-June, got info today morning.

        • meghaguptakohli 9 June, 2016 at 1:34 PM Reply

          Hi Aishwarya,

          Have you received your visa yet? Me and my husband too applied to Italian Embassy on the 3rd, and our travel date is June 24th. Unlike you, we haven’t really given them a month’s sweet time.

          Really scared! On top of it, VFS mistakenly wrote my visa class as Religious instead of Tourist C.


          • Aarti 30 June, 2016 at 3:40 PM

            Oops Megha!… Did you get the visa yet?.. Please let me know.. Just curious!

          • meghaguptakohli 19 July, 2016 at 11:42 AM

            Hey Aarti,

            Yes!! The visa came in time, in fact a week prior to our scheduled departure and the trip was amazingly awesome! 😀

            The Visa class entry was a manual insertion error at VFS front which doesn’t impact your application to embassy at all. If your application says tourist visa, tourist visa it is 🙂

            Are you planning to visit Europe any time soon?

            P.S.: Sorry for the delayed reply, might have missed in travel excitement 😛


          • Aarti 19 July, 2016 at 12:54 PM

            Wow! That is awesome!…
            Yes, we have submitted the application last week. Hoping for the best!

            Did you get a multiple entry visa? What was the validity like?

          • meghaguptakohli 19 July, 2016 at 1:08 PM

            Since we had Crotia in our itinerary, we specifically requested for a multiple entry visa. We received the same with a month’s validity.

            All the best for your Visa there! Which all places are you planning to visit and for how many days?

          • Aarti 22 July, 2016 at 11:33 PM

            Forgot to update here – We got the Visas stamped on the 4th Day and passports returned on the 5th day.. It is evident that with proper documentation in place (along with funds as per schengen clause) the tourist visa wont be rejected.. 🙂

      • Aniket 14 July, 2016 at 4:14 PM Reply

        Hi Satya, were you asked to appear for interview at Swiss Delhi embassy by any chance? I and my spouse are travelling this September to Europe for the first time and going to submit our application next week to VFS Chennai. Heard that first time applicants are normally called for interview.

        • Satyajeet 20 July, 2016 at 1:01 PM Reply

          No, we were not.

    • Makrand 6 June, 2016 at 7:25 PM Reply

      Hi Aiswarya,

      Time taken to process application varies case to case basis . 15 days is considerable time, and I think you would be hearing back soon from embassy. As VFS is providing you status, its still being reviewed by embassy. Good luck .

  58. Aiswarya 6 June, 2016 at 3:00 PM Reply

    Oh great congrats….thanks for telling

  59. Srivali S Misra 6 June, 2016 at 8:43 PM Reply


    I wanted to know if I can submit my current account as well as my savings account as the savings account may not have the requisite balance but the current account will ?

    • Makrand 7 June, 2016 at 8:35 PM Reply

      Hi Srivali,

      I think that should be fine.

  60. dhiraj lalwani 8 June, 2016 at 10:03 PM Reply

    Hello Makrand,

    Great Informative blog, I wanted to ask your suggestion on my case.

    Me and my friend are planning to visit Europe this September. We are planning to enter via Netherlands and plan to visit 4-5 countries for 18 days. I have a friend who works in Netherlands and will provide us letter of invite but we will be on our own expense.

    Both of us have above 2 lakh rupees in my account. The issue is my friend’s visa to France got rejected last year and the reason he suspects is due to having a fresh passport with no travel history.
    This year again both of us have fresh passports with no travel history. One of the agents told us there is a high chance of vis rejection due to this. Now, we are scared and do not want to lose any money due to cancellation.

    Do you advise us to make our bookings and apply for visa ? Or should we visit some nearby country and think of Euro trip next year. Do let me know what do you think ?

    • Makrand 11 June, 2016 at 11:33 AM Reply

      Hi Dhiraj,

      It depends on how determined you are and how much risk you want to take. Yes having fresh passport has its risks involved but there are people who get the visa with fresh passport as well. You can read comments above to see such examples. My visa was also rejected most probably because of fresh passport but its not a hard n fast rule. If you really want to go then you take chances, book fully refundable tickets n hotel bookings. Still there is a risk involved of losing visa fees plus some cancellation charges. It depends on your risk appetite and how important it is for you to go to europe. I was fine with applying after few years, so I visited other countries and then applied for visa after 2 years.

  61. RIA GUPTA 9 June, 2016 at 5:44 PM Reply

    Hi your blog is really informative. Me and my husband have applied for Tourist Visa for Italy and today we got a call that we have to come for an interview. We have a valid UK & USA visa on our passport and we have booked all our flights & hotels. We are flying to London on 24th June and our interview date is 13th June for the Schengen Visa. What are the reasons for which we can be called for an interview?

    • Makrand 11 June, 2016 at 11:35 AM Reply

      Hi Ritu,

      Having a UK & USA visa helps in making your application strong but doesn’t guarantee you Schengen visa. Its embassy’s decision and there is not much you can do about it. The purpose of interviews are to confirm your purpose of travel and make sure you will come back to India.

      • RIA GUPTA 15 June, 2016 at 5:40 PM Reply

        thanks for your reply. I got back my passport today and they issued me a visa.

        • Makrand 15 June, 2016 at 8:55 PM Reply

          Great News. Have an awesome trip

        • Aarti 30 June, 2016 at 3:29 PM Reply

          Hi Ritu

          Would you please let me know why they called you for an interview? I mean was there any flaw in the application or docs?… What exactly were you asked in the interview?

  62. vaibhav shetye 11 June, 2016 at 9:18 AM Reply

    I liked you shared your experience, its surely helpful for lot of people who intend to apply.
    However I first applied at the Swiss embassy (My first time backpacking Europe) and second time through French, both time I smoothly got the visa, with refundable tickets and hotel booking allowing me to redesign my trip post visa approvals. And the agent also mentioned there has hardly been history of denials or interviews,
    Not sure, but heard a lot that Swiss, German, Frence and Dutch embassies are the easiest to work with.

    • Makrand 11 June, 2016 at 11:38 AM Reply

      Hi Vaibhav,

      Great to know that you visited Europe twice :). I have heard similar things that some embassies have less rejection rates than others. But no one guarantees any thing, its all about probabilities . You can see an example in comments about getting his visa rejected earlier from french embassy. Moreover its not always possible to include above countries in your plan just to apply to respective embassies.

  63. Sucheta V 13 June, 2016 at 5:59 PM Reply


    I have applied for a schengen visa with the Italian consulate, as my maximum number of days is in Italy. Post submission of docs i have been scheduled for a personal interview due to pending documents, i have been asked to bring my expired Passport. However, i had disposed off my expired pp a few years back. I had no valid visas on the same and am aware of the countries i had traveled to with the old pp.

    Any clue on what might happen ?? Would this mean i don’t get a visa? is there any supporting document or letter i can take on the day of my interview? Any advise on this? My interview is in 2 days, would appreciate a quick answer guys.


    • Makrand 15 June, 2016 at 7:57 AM Reply

      Hi Sucheta,

      Not sure about this situation,. During interview you can explain your situation and hope for the best

    • Vaibhav Shetye 15 June, 2016 at 12:24 PM Reply

      I believe passport disposals are not allowed, because they always ask you to present all your PPs for visas with any embassy…
      I the only way u are allowed to loose your current or expired PP is if its lost or stolen, also this has to be reported immediately to the police and the PP office with an affidavit…
      Kindly seek consultation from the Indian PP office, not sure if its wise for you to accept that your old PP was disposed intentionally…
      But don’t worry, its not an uncommon situation, all the best !

  64. madhuri 17 June, 2016 at 3:37 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    Me and my son travelling to switerzerland for tourist purpose.our visa got rejected saying 1) justification for purpose and condition of the intende stay was not provide.2) the information submitted regarding the justification for the purpose and condition of the intended stay was not reliable.3) your intention to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained.
    I am not able to understand what went wrong.pls suggest what to do.whether i should reapply?

    • Makrand 19 June, 2016 at 1:06 PM Reply

      Hi Madhuri,

      I am assuming you had submitted all the required documents and had sufficient funds in your account while submitting application. Please review documents and covering letter to see if you find any thing missing. You can email me also or get it reviewed by an agent.

      You can reapply but unless you figure out what went wrong, applying again with same set of documents has a very high chance of rejection if you don’t change anything from your end.

  65. Pankaj Lohakare 24 June, 2016 at 5:53 PM Reply

    Hi Makarand,
    My France Visa got rejected. I had provided all the required documents. THe account balance was more than 2 lakh. The guys at VFS returned my FDs. which was around 5 lakhs.
    Now i want to reapply as My travel date is 16 July 2106.
    I am planning to break my FD and tranfer around 2 lakhs in saving account. This account is not salary account. Do i need to submit salary account?
    Please help me

    • Makrand 1 July, 2016 at 9:09 PM Reply

      Hi Pankaj,

      It need not be a salary account. Before reapplying you should try to understand what went wrong otherwise without any change in application if you again resubmit, it might not fetch intended results. Also putting a big amount at the last moment is not a good idea as suggested to me by a travel agent. Try to consult a travel agent to get a second opinion.

  66. Piyush Manocha 29 June, 2016 at 2:38 AM Reply

    HI Makrand, great post and this has been very helpful as I am currently applying for a spain schengen visa. I will be travelling for 7 days to Madrid and Barcelona in September. I have all the relevant documents except the inter city Train ticket between Madrid and Barcelona which I was planning to buy later as it is not yet available for September. Would that hamper my chances for getting the visa or would i scrape through? I am planning to apply to apply for visa in July only.

    • Makrand 1 July, 2016 at 9:10 PM Reply

      Hi Piyush,

      It would be better if you can submit inter city transfer as well. Try to find a refundable mode which you can cancel later after getting visa.

      • Piyush Manocha 14 July, 2016 at 8:26 PM Reply

        Hi Makrand,

        I got my visa for 10 days today, though I did not submit inter city travel doc but your post really helped to secure it smoothly with all the knowledge before hand.

        Many thanks! Best, Piyush

  67. Srinivas S 1 July, 2016 at 10:29 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    I would be travelling to Vienna for a conference during 6-16th July. Will there be any problem if I cancel the hotel accomm. I submitted for Visa? I found that I could stay for free with an uncle of a friend.

    • Makrand 1 July, 2016 at 9:11 PM Reply

      If you already got the visa then there should not be any problem if you change your accommodation plan

  68. Aditya 2 July, 2016 at 11:41 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand
    Thanks for the grt help you are doing to all of us. I am planning a eurotrip with friends already in europe in july end.
    1. I want to know which embassy has highest success rate and shortest delay for Indians as my travel date are in july only? also do they let you apply if the margin between travel date and date of application is less than 20 days?
    2. I have my only bank & salary account which reflects my FDs as well, i always had FDs amounting to 3 lac+ in last 6 months on the same bank statement but my balance has gone down below 30k during Jun this year, would that be a problem? thnx

    • Makrand 3 July, 2016 at 9:39 AM Reply

      Hi Aditya,

      1.I can’t confirm it myself but a lot of people have said that Swiss embassy is comparatively easier to apply. You can read few such remarks in comments section. You can apply if your travel date is within 20 days but they can’t guarantee you turnaround time. I believe officially its 15 working days and may extend till 1 month.

      2. As told by a travel agent to me, embassays look for consistent healthy balance instead of a sudden transfer of money to your account. If its your salary account then your bank statement would indicate regular cash flow. 30k is bit less but no can tell you a perfect number. Most of the times travel agents advise at least 1 lac.

  69. Shankar 13 July, 2016 at 7:32 PM Reply

    Hi Guys,

    Just want to share my experience in getting Schengen Visa. I had applied for a tourist visa for Germany and got a rejection in 2014, though i have been to Europe in 2009. After the refusal, i assumed that i would never ever get a schengen visa again. I know the reasons why my visa was refused.
    1. I did not have enough funds in my account
    2. I could not produce enough docs that would convince the Embassy that i would come back to India
    3. Hotel reservations not through reliable source.

    All the above reasons are more than enough to get a refusal.

    Post this refusal and going through many blogs i assumed that I would never be able to visit Europe again. But i was wrong, its not the case, i applied for a visa again on 23rd June 16 via Austrian Embassy with all docs in place and fingers crossed, and guess what, when i got my passport today, i assumed that it would be rejection by default again. But i was wrong, when i opened my Passport I was overwhelmed to see a Visa sticker:-)

    Guys dont assume that if you been rejected once, that you would be rejected again. Get your facts right and just produce enough docs for them to be convinced that you would come back for sure.

    I would be travelling on 29th July to Vienna, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague for 14days:-)

    Just thought of sharing my Schengen visa experience with you all.


    • Makrand 14 July, 2016 at 11:01 PM Reply

      Thanks for sharing and have a great trip 🙂

  70. Saksham Kumar 14 July, 2016 at 1:51 AM Reply

    How difficult is it to get a Polish tourist visa for 1week guys?

  71. Sakshi singh 17 July, 2016 at 12:52 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    I have applied for a Schengen visa through Austrian consulate. I applied on 30th June. The usual processing time of 15 calendar days have passed. Any idea about how much time Austria takes? Also, this is my first ever visa.

    • Makrand 18 July, 2016 at 10:15 PM Reply

      Hi Sakshi,

      In some cases embassy may take more than 15 calendar days upto 1 month . I think you should hear back within a week or so

  72. Shankar 19 July, 2016 at 3:45 PM Reply

    Mine took 21 days from Austrian Embassy. Applied on 23rd June and got it on 12th July.

  73. Vijay 6 August, 2016 at 1:00 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand

    This is Vijay Ganesh. I had gone through your blog and found it to be very useful. Am planning for a 20 days trip to Europe and I had done all my travel/ hotel bookings. I am planning to visit 4 countries and had done my euro rail bookings too.
    Now the issue is that I have realised that I had mentioned my name everywhere as VIJAY GANESH and as per my passport my given name is Vijay Ganesh and surname is Ramasamy…Just wanna confirm will that be an issue while applying for France visa as I have all my bookings that shows Vijay Ganesh and surname not mentioned anywhere, specially the flight from Delhi and back..

    • Makrand 7 August, 2016 at 4:02 PM Reply

      Hi Vijay,

      Unfortunately as far as I know this might create an issue. Your name on passport should exactly match with the name of your flight bookings. I believe for hotel bookings it might be ok as you can explain in the hotel but that needs to be verified as well. I would suggest to contact airlines immediately and tell them the situation and most probably they will ask to change the name in bookings.

      • Ankit Raghuvanshi 7 August, 2016 at 4:10 PM Reply

        Hi Makrand,

        In my case I have my father’s name as middle name in passport Ie Ankit Arun Raghuvanshi, and in all my flight and hotel bookings it’s Ankit Raghuvanshi. Will it make any difference or issue?


      • Ankit Raghuvanshi 7 August, 2016 at 4:12 PM Reply

        Hi Makrand,

        In my case I have my father’s name as middle name in passport Ie Ankit Arun Raghuvanshi, and in all my flight and hotel bookings it’s Ankit Raghuvanshi. Will it make any difference or issue?


        • Makrand 9 August, 2016 at 8:14 PM Reply

          Hi Ankit,

          Please contact airlines to get it clarified. As far as I know the name should match exactly on the bookings with passport and airline has the right to allow or deny the entry

  74. Ankit Raghuvanshi 6 August, 2016 at 9:44 AM Reply

    I have the same query.

    • Makrand 7 August, 2016 at 4:03 PM Reply

      Hi Ankit,

      As far as I know airlines reserve the right to refuse entry if there is a mismatch in name and specially in cases when last name is missing. Ideally your name in passport should exactly match. in travel bookings.

  75. Nikhil 12 August, 2016 at 12:00 PM Reply

    Hi Makarand,
    My wife and I are planning for euro trip in September, however we have not been able to have amount 1lac consistently in our bank accounts although we have sufficient funds now. I am skeptical about it and thinking to show my father as the sponsor. Will this be a problem?

    • ankitraghuvanshi0925 12 August, 2016 at 12:52 PM Reply

      2 lacs is enough for a couple to show funds in account? What if we transfer from my savings to salary account before we apply for visa say 2 months before? will they question on this?

    • Makrand 17 August, 2016 at 9:34 PM Reply

      Hi Nikhil,

      If you have sufficient funds now, its better to show your funds. I think as your father is not traveling with you, bringing him as sponsor might add complexity. Also have a second opinion form a travel agent

  76. siddharth 17 August, 2016 at 4:02 PM Reply

    hi i am siddharth joshi ,i am applying for student visa for italy and i am totally confused regarding air tickets….what kind of air tickets i need to provide because it will be heavy loss if i buy confirmed tickets and then my visa dosent arrives on time plz help me out guys wid this problem

    • Makrand 17 August, 2016 at 9:32 PM Reply

      Hi Siddharth,

      You can book refundable tickets where you can get partial refund after paying cancellation fees. Also check comments above where Rohit has mentioned his experience about a travel agent who had arranged fully refundable tickets for him for visa purpose although I haven’t tried it personally.

  77. Tushar 19 August, 2016 at 12:47 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand, first of all would like to appreciate you for penning down all thoughts at one place.We would be travelling to Switzerland ( 6 days) and Paris(4 days) for our honeymoon. Flight booking and accommodation booking is all done.

    1) Would the organization profile where we both are working in also lay any significance in visa formality.
    2) We both have 1Lac+ from past 3 months. Do you think we should have more funds. We both have monthly pay of 50K each.
    3) We are applying through Swiss embassy. Would you prefer through agent or direct.


    • Makrand 21 August, 2016 at 8:44 PM Reply

      Hi Tushar,

      1) I don’t think Organization profiles have much significance in tourist visas but no harm in mentioning them.

      2) That is a healthy balance you have maintained

      3) If you are located in same city where embassy is then you can apply directly also. If you are located in a different city then applying via agent would be easier as he/she can collect passport on your behalf although you will have to visit during process to provide fingerprints.

      Have a great honeymoon

  78. gangalashish9 23 August, 2016 at 6:15 PM Reply

    Hi makarand, your blog is so motivational and helpful.But i had a few queries that only you can resolve. I will be travelling to france, belgium and netherlands for 15 days in the summers of 2017. I know it’s quite far away but just planning ahead. i will be staying 5 nights in france and 5 nights in belgium and 4 nights in amsterdam. Entry and exit from paris.

    My passport is currently blank and i will be travelling solo. my dad will be sponsoring my trip and i will show a balance of around 3-4 lacks and all his valid docs. I will also get a NOC from my college although i will be travelling during summer holidays. Now here are my queries:

    1. Can i show the property my parents own to boost my link to India?

    2. Can i prepare my own itinerary and what is a covering letter(format please)?

    3. Does french consulate give visa easily to solo travelers with blank visa easily?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Makrand 23 August, 2016 at 10:56 PM Reply


      Its good to plan in advance. Here are my responses :

      1. I think you have shown sufficient funds so may not be required. You can have it ready and check if VFS people accept it or not.

      2. Yes, you can prepare your own itinerary and in fact you have already stated that in your comments. You just need to put which cities you plan to visit and for how many days in your covering letter. Unfortunately I don’t have my covering letter available right now with me but I can just give you some pointers which I followed.
      a. Address it to the embassy to which you are applying.
      b. State clearly that purpose of visit is strictly tourism and duration of trip. Also mention how you plan to fund your trip.
      c. Mention the itinerary
      d. List of documents attached with application
      e. Your contact details – email and phone number

      3.I have heard/read that french embassy is easier than spain/italy but its just based on experiences of people and no official information.

      Also I would like to say that my responses are based on my experiences and understanding. Since I haven’t been in your scenario (sponsor other than yourself), it would be better to have a second opinion from travel agent.

      • Ashish Gangal 23 August, 2016 at 11:04 PM Reply

        Hi, thanks for the quick and quite helpful reply. My only concern is to show them enough ties to my country. Do you think my concerns are valid or am i just overthinking this stuff?

        • Makrand 25 August, 2016 at 11:39 PM Reply

          Its not overthinking. Application process is complex and requires so much effort that we want to avoid any remote possibility for rejections. You can submit them along with application and VFS people will keep/return it as per their needs

          • Ankit Raghuvanshi 26 August, 2016 at 12:37 AM

            Hi Makrand,

            I will be applying in October month with around 3.25lacs as funds and traveling in December this year.. so probably 2more salaries to come after Visa application, wanted to know is this amount enough for two people when flight + accomodations are pre-booked and considering oct-nov salary to be credited as well?

            Please reply, thanks in advance


  79. Makrand 27 August, 2016 at 6:44 PM Reply

    Hi Ankit,

    This amount should be sufficient for a short term trip. Your expenses would depend on number of days of stay and activities that you have planned. In fact I would advise to have an estimated expense in mind because expenses in europe shoot up so better to have an idea in advance. You can find cost of basic needs in Paris in following link, You can search for other cities based on your plan.


  80. ROHIT 30 August, 2016 at 7:00 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    My wife & I made all plans for a 14 day trip, 6 days in Italy, 5 days in Switzerland & 3 days in France. All documents are ready and we now got to know about this bank balance problem. Together we earn RS 1,30,000 per month and our salary slips and bank statements are there to prove it. But in the past six months we have not maintained the amount as we had traveled quite extensively in India & some unexpected medical expenses. My wife already made an official trip to Denmark and has a Schengen visa on her passport.(expired 3 years ago). I have an official Canadian visa on my passport too (expired six years ago). What are our chances ? We really want to go in the next two months. I have been working in a reputed MNC (Dell) for the past 13 years. Do we have a better chance if we apply for Switzerland , France or Italy ?

    To be honest we dont even mind taking a gold loan if it helps 🙁


    • Aarti 31 August, 2016 at 10:39 AM Reply

      Don’t worry too much! Italy Embassy has so far been the best in my case! Write a clear Cover letter about why you wish to travel to Italy and what you would be doing along with all your booking details. Don’t forget the insurance part!
      Regarding your bank balance, Italy would expect you to have a minimum of 50EUR per person per day in the Schengen Territory. So That is like 500 EUR per person for 10 days. If you are two people they would expect 1000 EUR as a minimum bank balance for 8-10 days. Basically, in INR, ensure there is a minimum of over 1.5 lakhs for two people for 15 days trip. This is after showing all confirmed return tickets and accommodation details. Your spouse may also add her bank details to help you both attain over 1.5 Lakhs

      The minimum subsistence will vary depending on consulates. You may refer this link below –

  81. Sumeet Malik 30 August, 2016 at 7:01 PM Reply

    Hello Makarand, Your blog has really been very helpful. However, I have a question regarding the schengen visa. My sponsor is from Prague and is covering up all my costs and flights. She has also sent me the sponsorship form duly filled and notarised by czech alien police. I have a bout 2.5 lacs in my bank account. My entire trip is for 3 months where in I would like to spend some time with her family celebratng xmas and new year. I have not travelled anywhere earlier. Could you please advise what can I do to get an approval from the czech embassy seamlessly

    • Aarti 31 August, 2016 at 10:47 AM Reply

      Sumeet – If your Sponsor has sent you documents notarized then you have absolutely no reason to worry! You also have flight tickets to support your case. I hope her letter also mentions that you will be staying with her and she will take care of your stay for the 3 months that you are there.
      Insurance still needs to be bought by either of you as this could be a case of rejection. Just go online on ICICI Lombard or Bajaj or any approved companies and make the purchase of your insurance.
      Do not worry about your blank passport – Embassy staff are the most logical people. If your documents are in order you need not worry about anything else. Your first travel can be to any country and that should never hinder you from getting any Visa.

      Hope I am clear. Let me know if you have other Qs.

      • Sumeet Malik 31 August, 2016 at 11:00 AM Reply

        Many Many thanks Arti for a prompt and morale boosting reply to my post. Yes she has shown to the alien police that I will be staying with her and has already sent me the relevant papers along with insurance bought from Czech republic itself. The only point of my concern is that I have an NOC from my employer stating that I worked until 2015 end and took leave for my personal reasons in 2016 and they have no objection if I want to travel outside India during this period. It does not mention that they will take me back on the job after I come back. So how do I justify this? and will there be a problem in my visitor visa if I do not show a job to back me up once I am back to India.

        • Aarti 31 August, 2016 at 11:18 AM Reply

          I hope the notarized/police seals and signatures are evident on the documents.

          NOC formats vary from every company. In your case however, you can mention in your cover letter that you have taken a sabbatical from work for a year or more (however long it is). Make your cover letter talk everything that you have in your mind – Tell them you have taken a break from work to travel around and meet your friend and her family. Tell them you have attached the notarized sponsorship documents in your file along with insurance and flight tickets. … Tell whatever you have to.. Yes, they do read all this. They are diplomats after all and they make logical decisions!

          With a notarized sponsorship, there is least you will have to worry!

          • Sumeet Malik 31 August, 2016 at 1:02 PM

            Thanks a lot Arti once again. Just one last question do I need to explain in the covering letter that how did me and this Czech girl became friebds, where did we meet and why is she sponsoring me. Does the embassy need answers to these questions. Regards

          • Aarti 31 August, 2016 at 1:05 PM

            No, I wouldn’t do that!… 🙂

            But that is left to you!

          • Sumeet Malik 31 August, 2016 at 1:25 PM

            Thanks I wouldn’t do that eithr. Will tell you once the visa is approved.

          • Sumeet Malik 20 September, 2016 at 12:08 PM

            Hi Arti I submitted the documents at the VFS and now the embassy has called me for an interview. can you please guide me what to expect for the same.

          • Sumeet Malik 20 September, 2016 at 12:09 PM

            Hi please guide me for an interview at Czech republic embassy what to expect and how to go about it.

          • Makrand 23 September, 2016 at 8:36 PM

            Hi Summet,

            Although your scenario is slightly different, you can go through my interview experience in this post to get an idea.

  82. sudeep singh 31 August, 2016 at 9:45 AM Reply

    HI MAKARAND, I have a question regarding the schengen visa.if anybody doesn’t have income tax return for last three years.but if he have own property and enough bank balance then i could possible to get visa?pls help

    • Aarti 31 August, 2016 at 10:09 AM Reply

      You don’t need IT returns for Tourist Visa!

      • Ankit Raghuvanshi 31 August, 2016 at 10:12 AM Reply

        Aarti, I have seen they have clearly mentioned
        mandatory 3years IT returns on their website.

        • Aarti 31 August, 2016 at 10:13 AM Reply

          Which embassy is this one?

          • Ankit Raghuvanshi 31 August, 2016 at 10:17 AM

            France. Maybe it is just a added documents and do not consider it in applications

          • Aarti 31 August, 2016 at 10:31 AM

            Well then just carry it if you have it. If you don’t then, usually, if you can write in your cover letter the reason for not submitting a particular document then they are very considerate to look into the reason and if its valid it gets accepted.

            I have never submitted any IT returns for a schengen Tourist Visa yet (btw, Italy has always been the chosen arrival destination for me).

          • Sumeet Malik 31 August, 2016 at 10:34 AM

            Hello Arti, could you please guide me for them schenegan visitor visa. My friend has sent me 3 month sponsorship along with flight tickets and insurance. Will there embassy allow me to go to Czech republic with these documents along with my other documents or they do not allow visitor visa of 3 months

  83. Rishi Kushwaha 12 September, 2016 at 1:22 PM Reply

    Hi Makarand and other travellers,

    I must say this is one of the most informative thread on Europe travelling. It has answered most of the questions and concerns, I wish i could have found this blog earlier. Well, its still not that late.

    Guys, I need some advice on my case. I want to travel Spain and Portugal for two months. Dates are flexible and completely depend on cheapest flight available. In Spain and Portugal, I’ll be staying with my Spanish friend, so i do not need to pay for anything while i am there. Now the complications are:

    1. I left my 3 year old job in June for travelling so I can’t get any NOC from my employer. I had been travelling within India since then. So no source of regular income and no salary slips. Though I have past three IT returns.
    2. I have never been Outside of India before, that makes my passport completely blank
    3. I talked to some travel agents and according to them, I need to maintain 3-4 lacs in my account for 2 months long trip but I have close to 2 Lacs and have been maintaining more than a Lac from past 6 months.
    4. I can’t book refundable tickets as I can’t afford them even after selling my kidneys.
    5. Thought of booking non refundable ones but in case my visa gets rejected i’ll be loosing lots of money which will be enough for 3-4 trips to Himalayas.
    6. I’ll stay with my friend and will be volunteering in his project. I can get the invitation for the same.

    What if I apply for one week visa on dummy confirmed tickets as suggested by Rohit’s comment, in that case i do need need to maintain 3-4 lac, 1-2 lac would be enough i think. and once I get visa approved (I am an optimistic animal), can i change my itinerary completely and stay for 2 months, as it would be valid for next six months? Do they mention travel dates on the visa?

    Please advice me how should i approach. I have been planning this trip from long. Never thought that getting a Schengen visa could be this much complicated.

    Thanks in advance!!

    • Makrand 13 September, 2016 at 7:21 PM Reply

      Hi Rishi,

      Leaving your phone number on public forums is not a good practice so I have removed your number form comment.

      There are number of people who have latest experience on this forum but still i will try to respond to your queries.

      1. You can mention same in covering letter about reason for not submitting salary slips. But be clear about source of funds and how you plan to support yourself financially in europe.

      2. As you can see from experiences of people on this forum, blank passport is not a show stopper however you need to be more careful with your documentation.

      3. Try to have as much balance in your account possible

      Your invitation for volunteer project would be helpful as it will indicate your purpose of travel however double check whether there is any other category than tourist visa for this purpose and then apply visa type accordingly.

      Although visa which is stamped doesn’t mention travel date and only validity period however extending your travel dates by a long time would not be advisable. Other people can give better responses but this is what I wouldn’t do personally. Extending travel plan by 1-2 day might be ok but by months, I am doubtful about that. Ask your travel agent as well. You can get dummy bookings both for a week and 2 months so that shouldn’t be a problem for you if you manage to find someone who can book such tickets for you.

      Requesting other readers to provide suggestions to Rishi.

  84. Sagar Parekh 23 September, 2016 at 12:31 PM Reply

    Hi Makarand,

    I and my wife are travelling to Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary for 11 days in November. I have ~1.7 Lakh funds in my account + 1.2 Lakh worth of FD proof. Will this suffice or do i need to show more?

    Pl do let me know as i need to apply for Visa in the next week.

    Thanks in advance!

  85. Makrand 23 September, 2016 at 8:42 PM Reply

    Hi Sagar,

    For a trip of 11 days, this amount should be sufficient. Also transferring a big amount at the last moment in your account is not a good idea, so better keep your proof of funds as planned.

    Good luck.

  86. Gloria 29 September, 2016 at 3:52 PM Reply

    My name is Gloria , 38 year old and married. I am a staff working in a missionary organization. I am planning to join in same oraganization in Latvia. 1 year i will be there. I am looking residence permit and religious visa.. I already got invitation and collcet other documents also. I just want to know what is Schengen visa? how can i apply? need your help. Thank you

    • Makrand 3 October, 2016 at 8:25 PM Reply

      Hi Gloria,

      I do not have enough information about residence permit issue. This post is about tourist visa only. You can read the details about Schengen visa in the post itself.

  87. sumeet haldankar 30 October, 2016 at 10:10 PM Reply

    Hi Folks,

    This is Sumeet here and I am due to visit France, Netherlands and Switzerland in the month of Dec’16- Jan’17

    Few questions I have all the documents with me .. I am working in the organization and has got a stable job working over 6+ years … I am going to apply for Schengen visa on 08th Nov’16 . My passport has never got the opportunity of visa sticker since this would be my first trip … I have got all the documents such as confirmed flight tickets, hotel confirmation, internal flight transfers within countries and all the other documents such as ITR, credit card , bank statements available

    Just out of curiosity my visit is of 10 nights …so how much bank balance do I need to maintain as a part of visa checklist. I was surprised to hear about personal interview for Schengen visa.

    Any information will be appreciated. Thanks

    • Ankit 31 October, 2016 at 9:28 PM Reply

      Hi Sumeet,

      From my experience, keep €50-60/ day / person after you have prepaid hotel accommodation and return airfare.

  88. Shalakha 3 November, 2016 at 2:17 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand
    Me and my husband are planning to visit Paris,Brussels and Frankfurt.THe trip is supposed to start from 4th Feb’16 to 10th Feb’16,2 days each for city.We have our flights booked to and from Paris,hence will be applying for Visa from the French Consulate.
    My concerns are as below:
    1.My husband transfers the salary from his salary account to his personal account every month. We both are working at MNC’s but in order to manage our finances well,we save/deposit his salary and also some part of my salary to his personal account due to which my account balance is not that strong.Will this be a problem in the approval of his/my visa? The account,although has amount more than 3lac currently.
    2. We have the Flight Bookings and Hotel Bookings already in place. Is it really necessary to provide the tickets for our conveyance from Paris–>Brussels–>Frankfurt–>Paris?We would be travelling mostly by trains only.
    3.We are planning to easily keep 100Euros/day for each for the trip,do you think its sufficient?Thanks!

    • Ankit Raghuvanshi 13 December, 2016 at 2:03 AM Reply

      Hi Shalaka,

      DO NOT WORRY! From my experiences, you have everything in place. Just book the internal travel tickets as well (trains/ flights). In my case, flight was much easier, cheaper and relaxing. They do not even see whether you have €100/ day or not. If two people are traveling then 2.5lacs in any account in enough( considering you have booked accommodation and travel.tickets). Prepare the best cover letter possible.

      I was having the same tension but it was a smooth process. French Visa got approved in 2days.

      Ankit Raghuvanshi

  89. Makrand 3 November, 2016 at 2:37 PM Reply

    Hi Shalakha,

    Here are my responses :

    1. 3 lac is sufficient for a week long trip.

    2. Different people have different opinion on this. As per the following link – point no. 10, internal bookings are required as well.


    If you want to take chances you can skip them but otherwise would suggest to book refundable bus tickets and cancel them once you get visa.

    3. 100 Euros/day may or may not be sufficient depending on what activities you plan. Check out the prices of food, transport, entrance fees specially in paris which is very expensive. That would give you an idea of budget required each day apart from accommodation.

  90. Naresh 17 November, 2016 at 7:22 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I am deployed in Poland on temporary project and I applied for a residence permit in Poland and cannot travel out of Poland. Hence they would like to visit me. My wife along with 1.5 year old kid are applying Czech tourist visa. My wife is working but due to shortage of time could get a NOC from the employer. Will this be an issue?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.


    • Makrand 17 November, 2016 at 11:01 PM Reply

      Hi Naresh,

      As per my knowledge NOC is required to be submitted along with the application to make your application strong. Its an indication to embassy that applicant has a valid reason to come back to India. If getting NOC is not possible then you can take your chances but there is no definite answer which can be given about whether it will be an issue

      • Naresh 17 November, 2016 at 11:20 PM Reply

        Thanks for your reply. One follow up question, do we have take my 1.5 years old son for visa application submission to VFS office. Also, is it always the case that the embassy will call for the interview to Delhi.

        • Makrand 19 November, 2016 at 6:53 PM Reply

          The process has changed recently and now fingerprints are being taken for first time visitors. So I guess you will have to to take your son for same purpose. Please check vfs site for latest process. I think you will need to book an appointment for it. Embassy decided whether it needs to call applicants for interview. So they may or may not call for interview.

          • Fahad Al Amoudi 4 December, 2016 at 6:21 PM

            Hi Makrand,

            My name is Fahad i have an Indian passport 🙂 Today ( 4th December 2016) i applied for Netherlands visa for 9 days from Dubai as i am working as a Business Development Executive with a salary of AED 5,500 plus commission so i get fairly (AED 6,500 per month) which is around INR 120,000 per month and i am in Dubai more than 1 year 6 months and have visited Azerbaijan twice as my fiance is from there. I dd worked in Saudi Arabia for 2 years too however Saudi visa was on my old passport as i have updated my last name and i got my new passport with Proper last name in Dec 2014 and have my Dubai work Visa stamped on New Passport

            i had around AED 12,500 in my bank account ( Salary Account) as in my itinerary i mentioned i will be in Netherlands for 9 days and i provided confirmed hotel booking with Confirmed flight Tickets if i get the visa i would be only going to Netherlands .

            when i went to VFS in Dubai they took my documents checked it properly then sent me for Bio metrics where that guy only asked my name and take of both took my fingers prints and Photo and he said i will get my passport within 15 Workings days . i was curious as after reading your post you said they will take Interview and things like that however they didn’t asked anything and even one of my colleague she got her Netherlands visa before few’s say she didn’t went anywhere except Dubai
            ( Work Visa )

            My question after reading my story can you tell me what are my chances of getting the visa and is my old tourist visa of Azerbaijan will be taken into consideration and i will be Netherlands in whole of my stay will it be good or bad ?

            Awaiting your response


  91. Fahad al Amoudi 9 December, 2016 at 2:50 PM Reply

    Hi makrand yesterday I have a got a mail stating your processed application is sent by courier to you and I got this mail in just 4 working days while my colleague got after 10 working days I think it’s rejection do they sent by courier if it’s rejected as I have opted for courier service however in Vfs website it’s mentioned that if visa is issued : courier case will be sent via courier to the given address and non courier case it has to be collected from vfs and if visa is rejected it has to collect it from vfs I am confused and anxious and we have three longs days of weekend in dubai so I will only know on Monday I hope I get the visa because getting a rejection stamp is not good for my history

  92. Fahad al Amoudi 12 December, 2016 at 11:18 PM Reply

    Got the visa

    • Makrand 14 December, 2016 at 12:16 PM Reply

      Great news 🙂

  93. Aswathy Gopalakrishnan 24 December, 2016 at 2:24 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I have got an official invitation to attend an event in Rotterdam in January end. That’s for 10 days, and post the event, I am planning to travel to other cities in Europe. My husband, a freelance cameraman, is planning to travel with me. He is currently in the United States, on a film shoot, and will not be back before January 8. Since the event begins on January 25, I am applying for a visa now, and he will be applying once he come back to India. I have a few doubts regarding the application. Could you please help me with them?

    1. Should I mention in my covering letter that my husband will be travelling along with me to attend the event and travel afterwards, and that he will be applying for visa soon?

    2. Since he is a freelancer, what all documents should he submit? He finished his film school just last year. So he doesn’t have IT statements. His contract with the company he is currently working with will end soon. He doesn’t have any thing to show that he has more works coming up. He has enough bank balance for the trip.

    3. Should he show the official invitation that I received from Rotterdam and say that he is accompanying me?

    • Makrand 25 December, 2016 at 2:09 PM Reply

      Hi Aswathy,

      I will try to answer to best of my knowledge.

      1. If you hotel bookings are in your husband’s name, then you should mention about your husband’s travel.

      2. In his covering letter, he can mention he is a freelancer. In covering letter he can mention the reason for not submitting IT returns. Don’t need to mention that he doesn’t have any immediate assignment as mentioning freelancing should be enough. Providing proof of sufficient is more important.

      3. I guess in his application, doesn’t need to show official invitation is it is only for you. He will be applying for a tourist visa and provide relevant documents accordingly.

      You can also reach out to a local travel agent to get a professional opinion. Also try to find a
      travel blogger who is doing freelancing work. He/she may give more important clues.

  94. Gaurav 21 February, 2017 at 5:09 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    This blog is so informative. Got answer to a lot of questions. However, I still have a few doubts regarding the means of substinence.

    Me & my wife are visiting Amsterdam, Paris, Budapest, Prague & Switzerland this June for 16 days. Since, I will be spending the maximum nights in Switzerland, I will have to apply for Schengen visa at Swiss embassy.

    I have the following queries:

    1. Approx how much balance do I need to show for 16 days?
    2. Is the Demat balance acceptable? I have approx 6 Lakhs invested in stocks.
    3. My wife’s account has balance close to 3.65 Lakhs. Is this sufficient?
    4. If I ask my father to provide a sponsorship letter, will that be a plus?

    I am yet to book my Hotels. Plan to do that in the next 10-15 days and apply for visa exactly 3 months ahead of my travel. Let me know your views.

    • Makrand 22 February, 2017 at 9:45 PM Reply

      Hi Gaurav,

      1. You can have a look at this link to have an estimate of required funds for 16 days


      2. I haven’t come across any written statement about Demat statement anywhere. In my opinion it can be shown as a secondary fund to strengthen your application but it would be better to show balance from saving accounts and fixed deposits as a proof of funds.

      3. I guess that should be sufficient.

      4. If you are submitting yours and your wife’s bank statement with sufficient funds, sponsorship letter from father will not be required. Its always better to show sound financial situation of travelers.

      Good luck for your trip.

  95. Max 5 March, 2017 at 5:23 PM Reply

    Really great post! I want to post my story here too :). I never came across your post while I was doing my research on Schengen Visa (That makes me anxious too that I might not get the visa, however fingers crossed). I am single and 28 years old work in reputed MNC making good salary.

    As usual Delhi Guy, did my BSc from DU and MSc from Imperial College London. Worked for multiple companies and recently joined my job in Hyderabad almost 5 months back (though more or less I work from home in Delhi). While I was in the UK after completing my MSc (1 year) + 2.5 years (traveled with in the UK) and only time I went to EU when my employer asked me to. So I got at most Four Visas (Two are cards and not Visa Stickers) on my previous passport (UK Student Visa, UK Work Visa, Swiss Business Visa Single Entry and Siwss Multiple Entry Visa. I submitted my application last Friday, however I never submitted my old passport as VFS guy told me they do not require this. Also they returned my ITRs, PAN Card Copy and Copy of my Previous Visas and Resident Cards. I insisted that I have mentioned this in my cover letter. He asked me that flight tickets and hotel booking is confirmed. I said Yes. He also asked for Employer Documents, Salary Slips, Bank Statements, etc which I obviously submitted. I asked him will I get this visa in 2 weeks. He said most of them get the this within 10-12 days. Reading you post makes me anxious….really can’t do anything. Anyhow, feel free to give your thoughts on this:

    1. Now after reading this post I feel I should have given my Old Passport as well as copy of my previous Visas (UK Work Visa is not a Stamp, but its a card, similarly UK Student Visa was a card). Shall I send the email to VFS or Netherlands Embassy that I need to submit extra documents?

    2. Does explicitly mentioning salary (if more than 15 Lacs) in Cover Letter has any influence on the process. Some people I talked to said they have mentioned this (I felt this is like boasting off, in Euros it is hardly anything; this is specially true for people making more than 15 Lacs). I should have done this if you feel this is true? My salary slips are the only documents which shows my ties to my home country!

    3. Do I need to explicitly state that I have made investments in India in Pension Fund, ULIP, Provident Fund, Mutual Fund, LIC (If I am investing more than 2 Lacs). I am actually doing this, however I didn’t write of even mentioned this as I thought this is like Showing Off (As usual in Delhi there is very thin line between Showing Off and Just Telling You or Just a FYI). I do not own any house, though my parents do which I haven’t shown. Some people tell me this shows economic and financial commitments, but doesn’t my well paying job shows this anyway!!

    4. I take care of my parents Medical Expenses. I feel I should have stated this as I am the proposer for Family Floater Policy and my Employer also gives Family Employer Policy. Now given that I am paying for their medical expenses, it shows I have Family Ties as both policies will go null and void if I choose not to be resident of India.

    Look forward to your thoughts on this and will let you know decision on my application!

    • Makrand 6 March, 2017 at 7:28 PM Reply

      Hi Max,

      Unfortunately my post has worried you instead of helping you. This post is more than 2 and half years old and some things might have changed from that time. That’s the reason VFS people might have returned documents which they don’t need. Secondly documents required by each embassy might differ slightly.

      You already have traveled to Europe in the past and I believe embassy might have a record of that so that makes your application stronger in any ways in addition to good financial standing.

      I would advice to relax at this stage and wait for embassy’s response. If they need additional documents, they would contact you. Your salary slip and bank statement would be sufficient to indicate your steady regular income and should be able to convince them that you can fund your trip.

      Good Luck

      • Max 8 March, 2017 at 6:12 PM Reply

        Got my Visa! 6 Months Multi Entry! 90 days 🙂

        • Makrand 8 March, 2017 at 7:59 PM Reply

          Awesome, have a great trip 🙂

  96. Max 7 March, 2017 at 6:12 PM Reply

    Just got reply from VFS that my passport is ready for collection. Applied on 3rd March and ready today!! I hope everything is alright! I have received my Student Visa within 3 days, however I am reading if its too quick then its rejection. I hope not

  97. Gaurav Wadegaonkar 1 June, 2017 at 5:47 PM Reply

    Dear Makrand,

    Was reading all your helpful and valuable posts, need your valuable inputs, i am planning for a Europe trip for 16 days , below are my travel details:-

    2 Days Netherlands, 5 days Iceland,2 Days Sweden and Denmark, 5 Days France, have applied for my visa with all the necessary documents including all my flight, hotels and internal transfer bookings, also have provided all the relevant documents as mentioned on the website

    i have traveled earlier as well and already had 2 Schengen visas which are now expired, also have a valid US and Canada visa

    However i got a call today from the danish embassy as they process the iceland visa and were asking few questions, they were little skeptical about my funds as i only had 56k in my bank account , but i reiterated my point and mentioned everything is prepaid plus i have also submitted my credit cards which have around 2.5 lacs credit amount

    Also i was applying along with my wife whose balance was not as good as well, we got a second call from them and they have asked us to send us the updated bank statement with our salary credit, our new bank statement may show around 1.8 lacs together, should this be enough? really anxious and worried as most of my bookings are non-refundable

    would like to know your expert comments on this scenario and what do you think might happen

    Awaiting for your feedback


    Gaurav Wadegaonkar

    • Manish 1 June, 2017 at 7:58 PM Reply

      I think you shall be fine! Just send them the updated bank statement tell you both together earn in-hand salary of that much! I m writing this from Denmark and it’s really beautiful! Btw Netherlands Sweden and Denmark in 4 days not enough! Don’t be anxious it will be fine! Just send what they have asked and again send letter of explanation that everything is prepaid also look how much was required for 16 days trips! I think on average €40 per day! I think that’s why they might have asked for updated statement

      • Gaurav Wadegaonkar 1 June, 2017 at 8:05 PM Reply

        Ok, appreciate your quick response Manish, planning 2 days Netherlands, 1.5 days Copenhagen and 1 day malmo, we opted to stay in Malmo as it is cheaper than Copenhagen so doing it that way, yes have sent them an email and also explaining them that everything is prepaid and have submitted the same,thanks again for your quick response, will surely keep you updated.. take care!

        Gaurav Wadegaonkar

        • Makrand 2 June, 2017 at 5:28 PM Reply

          You already got a response :-). Embassy ask for proofs to ensure you have sufficient funds for bearing cost of entire trip. Your updated bank statement should hopefully make them think that way.

          • Gaurav Wadegaonkar 2 June, 2017 at 5:31 PM

            Thanks Makarand for your reply as well, we have everything pre-booked even internal transfers as well, do you think this will go the right way? will we get our visas? and what do you think is the bare minimum amount to be shown for 16 days for both of us?

            Gaurav Wadegaonkar

          • Gaurav Wadegaonkar 6 June, 2017 at 9:28 PM

            Thanks Makrand for your insights, got my Schengen Visa today 🙂

      • Gaurav Wadegaonkar 6 June, 2017 at 9:27 PM Reply

        Thanks Manish for your insights, got my Schengen Visa today 🙂

  98. Pearl 4 June, 2017 at 12:26 AM Reply

    hi! very helpful post. Thank you ! 🙂
    I am applying for my shengen visa from the Italian consulate. This will be my 4th shengen visa. Last one was in 2009. I have traveled a lot from a very young age.. Have 4 passports. (i am 28 years old. father is a travel agent) i also have a valid US visa. I am traveling with a friend to celebrate our birthday in italy. Our appointment is on the 6th of june (day after) and we fly on the 23rd of june. My questions are:
    1. Will they be able to process the visa in time?
    2. I run a very small baking business which isnt registered. So i will have to state that i am unemployed. But my father and i hold joint accounts and Fixed deposits (some are solely on my name too) for many years now and the accounts are healthy and so is our ITR status. I have filled – unemployed except income from FDs in the employment category. Our residence is on my name too. I have said my father is sponsoring my trip. taken a letter from him saying so. is that enough guarantee?
    3. random question, im wearing a small chain around my neck in the visa photo. will that be a problem?

    • Makrand 6 June, 2017 at 9:14 PM Reply

      Looks like I am late in answering your questions and your interview is already done. Let me know the outcome. Good luck

  99. Pratik Pandey 20 June, 2017 at 12:55 AM Reply

    Hello guys,

    I came across this blog while searching for the requirement of Schengen visa. I know the list of documents, etc but I have some questions regarding those. Let me explain my situation briefly and be very honest about this :p
    I will be going to Denmark for two days, to marry my girlfriend(who is from Hungary) and from there we plan to go to Hungary and register our marriage there.

    For this I need a Schengen tourist visa but there are some documents which I wont be able to submit because of my situation. Like :
    1. I started working less than one month ago, so I cannot submit my bank statements, even for the last three months. I believe it should be enough if I show around 2lakh INR(for three weeks trip of denmark+hungary) in my bank account apart from the flight and hotel reservation. I would also submit a letter from my father stating that he is sponsoring my trip and a copy of his bank statement and mine, showing an outward flow of the said amount from his bank account and a sudden deposit of 2 lakh into my account a week before the visa application. But since I would mention this point in the cover letter so this shouldnt be a problem.
    2. I cannot get a NOC letter from my employer since I will be quitting this job before going there. I will just say that I never worked before(I’m 24 atm so it shouldn’t be too hard to believe :P)
    3. Now the thing is that we plan on staying there together so i need to be there for 2- two and a half months to complete the formalities but if I mention this during the time of visa application, there’s a good chance that I might be refused the visa(also, i cannot show sufficient bank account+travel itinerary for full three months in europe). So, can I mention at the time of application that my trip is for three weeks(denmark+hungary) and then I have a return ticket to Delhi, India. The visa issued would be valid for 90days within a 6 month period, so once I get it, it shouldn’t be a problem to legally stay in Hungary for 90 days(which is enough to complete my paperworks there and thus allowing me to stay there indefinitely).
    I mean I would be modifying(‘extending’ to be correct) my travel plans but I don’t believe it would be written on the visa that i can only stay there for three weeks, would it be? As far as I know it would only mention that I can stay for a maximum period of 90 days withing a 6 month period(since the date of issuance on the visa). [I might be wrong about this though]

    I know its a lengthy post, but the more I look into the visa application documents and the conditions/requirements the more complicated it seems. So taking suggestions from a travel blog or people who had a similar situation is the best.

    Vedant 🙂

  100. Ankit 20 June, 2017 at 7:24 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    How are you? You had helped me getting schengen visa last year.

    Any idea how to get Marriage certificate legalised from Uttar Pradesh? I am applying for a work permit for Netherlands.

    Ankit Raghuvanshi

    • Makrand 21 June, 2017 at 1:25 PM Reply

      Hi Ankit,

      No idea about that. I even didn’t know that there is something called legalizing marriage certificate. I was under impression that marriage certificate can be straightaway submitted along with visa application

  101. Pushkar 21 June, 2017 at 12:12 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    I am planning to visit Czech, Hungary, Austria and Slovakia on 6th september. Flights booking are already done. We are planning to book the PAY AT HOTEL option and then decide more on that once we get the visa. We are a group of 5 people travleling. I am an employee and my current balance is around 60k and post my salary on 1st july I can expect 100k inr in my bank account. The remaining documents are clear. I have visited Germany and Thailand in the past.

    What would be your take on the bank balance? Can I show 1 lakh and a credit card copy?

  102. guddy7102 7 August, 2017 at 7:56 PM Reply

    hi makrand,
    I am planning to visit solo lisbon in early november for approx. 7 to 10 days. I have only two year income tax return copy and not three. Also cn i provide bank statement for only 3 months and not 6 months as I only have, 600 euro balance for next 3 months.I will be showing hostel booking and no local booking within city. Is it okay if I show flight number and book the flight once i get visa. I will be travelling for the first time out of india so totally blank passport.I am also a govt employee, so does it effect my process. I will be applying on my own and for very first time.With this said, please guide so that my tourist visa do not get refused. What are my chances of approval ?

  103. Manish 7 August, 2017 at 8:07 PM Reply

    Hi Guddy

    If it says 3 years IT Return, you need 3 unless you haven’t filed which you can explain in your cover letter. Please show 6 months bank statement as it would be good to have 6 months even if your bank balance was low (though requirement is of 3 months only for VFS in New Delhi). Hostel booking should be fine, however, do write in cover letter that you plan to buy local transport tickets once your are granted visa. Employer document on leave as well as 6 months pay slips are also important. For detailed list please check the link below


    • guddy7102 7 August, 2017 at 8:16 PM Reply

      thanks manish.
      by what time should i apply for visa, coz i was planing to apply in mid october as i travellng in early november. And i dont want to book flight prior to visa approval as it is very costly. I dont have any prior visa of any country,will it affect ?

      • Manish 7 August, 2017 at 8:20 PM Reply

        I cannot comment on success of your visa application, however, I know from personal experience that if everything is confirmed that is Flight Tickets, Hotels or Hostel (Try Booking.com), Insurance, Good Bank Balance and Good Salary, it should be ok, however, you might get Visa for exact dates as this is your first time!.

      • Manish 7 August, 2017 at 8:21 PM Reply

        You should apply as soon as possible, I have applied for Tourist Visa almost 3 months in advance!

  104. guddy 10 August, 2017 at 6:24 PM Reply

    my flight to lisbon, shows change of flights in brussels in beligum and other flight showed flight change in turkey, so will i also required visa for those country where the flight changes?
    I consulted agent, who told that INR 50,000 is very less, you need min 1 lakh to 2 lakh for 6 months, or visa might reject. my p.m salary is 23k net.
    which company should i pick for insurance of euro 30000 ?
    should i carry cash or some other form like travellers cheque, credit card,forex,, please guide have no idea.

    • Makrand 13 August, 2017 at 2:07 PM Reply

      As long as your flight is from same terminal, you don’t need a separate visa. Also Belgium is part of Schengen region, so any ways you are covered with your visa.

      Yes, ideally 1 lac rs should be there in account to establish sound financial status to embassy. Try to show other proof of funds like FDs if you have. I can’t suggest a particular insurance company, but I have been using HDFC travel insurance.

      Different people have different ideas about how to carry money. I am not comfortable in carrying entire amount in cash. So I take the amount which is sufficient for 2-3 days and rest I withdraw from ATM via my debit card at my destination. Please don’t use your credit card for withdrawing cash else you will be paying huge amount as interest. Withdrawal using debit card incurs a transaction fees so you should be knowing how much you would need for remaining days.

  105. Sachin Sharma 12 January, 2018 at 11:05 AM Reply

    Hi Makrand,

    Great blog!!

    Me and my finace have applied for the schengen visa in aurtrian embassy. We have submitted all the documents like tickets, hotel booking, Last two ITR, company NOC and payslips. We will be traveling for 11 days and ill be sponsoring my fiance. Ive shown my two bank statements having 1.8L and 95K respectively.

    My only concern is will that amount is sufficient to get visa??

  106. Devendra Udeshi 24 June, 2018 at 3:57 PM Reply

    Hi Makrand,
    I am Udeshi and I am a senior citizen. I and my wife are visiting my son’s family in July 2018 end who stays in London. He has proposed to take us to Spain & Portugal in August for 10 days. We already have taken a visit visa for UK for 6 months. To visit Spain 6 days & Portugal 4 days we need to apply for Schengen Visa. We are in Mumbai. Do we have to apply to VFS for both the countries or separately to BLS & VFS. Further, is there any complication if we start & end the tour from London.


    • Manish 24 June, 2018 at 6:02 PM Reply

      Hi Udeshi, You need to apply only to BLS as your duration for stay in Spain is longest. BLS is quite strict compared to VFS so please carry all the documents as requested on their website.

      I don’t think returning to London should be an issue as my parents went from Schengen to Canada and we wrote that in Cover Letter as they have long term visa.

      Hope you get your visa soon, Apply as soon as three months start and apply from India itself so that you can get back before you go to the UK

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