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Schengen Visa - general information

The list of third countries whose nationals must hold a visa for entering into the territory of the Member States for stays not exceeding 90 days in any 180 days period is established in Council Regulation 539/2001.

List of Schengen area countries may be found at europa.eu.

Time limit for processing of visa applications:  

Application for a Schengen (short-term) visa can be filed within 6 months of the planned trip. Applications are in most cases reviewed within 7-15 days. In individual cases, the review period can be extended up to 30 days and in exceptional cases up to 60 days.

It is recommended not to file a visa application later than 15 days before the trip, as it cannot be otherwise guaranteed it will be reviewed in time!