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Understanding Schengen Visa

What is the Schengen Visa?

A Schengen visa is the document issued by individual embassies and consulates to travelers from certain countries who wish to visit anywhere in the Schengen Area. This visa grants holders the ability to pass freely between Schengen countries, an agreement which covers 26 EU and non-EU countries.

Who Needs a Schengen Visa?

While U.S. citizens wishing to travel to countries in the Schengen Area do not need a Schengen visa, citizens of many other countries are subject to a mandatory visa requirement, such as India, China, Thailand, Ukraine, and Turkey.

What Are the Schengen Visa Requirements?

Travel insurance is required for the Schengen Visa and must be submitted with your application. Access a complete list of insurance policies that are Schengen compliant by inputting the details of your trip. Choose the best one for you, purchase the plan, and get proof of coverage immediately.

A complete Schengen visa application must also include:

  • A fully completed and signed
  • One recent photo in passport format
  • Your passport, valid for at least 90 days after your departure with at least two blank pages, plus copies of all previous visas
  • Round trip reservation or itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area.
  • Proof of a travel health insurance policy.
  • Proof of accommodation for the duration of intended stay in the Schengen area.
  • Proof of sufficient means of subsistence during the intended stay in the Schengen area. This varies from country to country.

Schengen Travel Insurance Requirements

Compliant Schengen travel insurance must:

  • Have a $0 deductible
  • Cover the duration of your trip
  • Be valid in all Schengen countries
  • Be covered by underwriters with offices located in Europe
  • Include $50,000 in Medical Emergency/Hospitalization coverage
  • Include $300,000 in Medical Evacuation and Repatriation coverage

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About the Schengen Agreement

The Schengen Agreement was first signed in 1985 in the town of Schengen, Luxembourg and was responsible for abolishing many of the EU’s internal borders to enable passport-free movement across most of the area. The pact’s first members were Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Since taking effect in 1995, 21 more countries have joined the Schengen Area, with a total of 22 EU and four non-EU members now participating in the agreement.

The main benefit of Schengen was the creation of a single external border with a single set of rules for policing that border. Other features include:

  • Common rules on asylum
  • Joint efforts in fighting drug-related crime
  • Common list of countries whose nationals require visas
  • Shared access to the Schengen Information System (SIS)
  • The right of law enforcement to follow criminals across borders

How to Apply?

If travel insurance seemed like the hardest part of your preparations, you haven’t tried G1G.

For more information about Schengen Visa Coverage, or to apply, contact us at 1-800-257-7718. A G1G representative will walk you through all of the steps and details. All we need are a few basic facts about yourself and your trip to connect you with the best possible plan.


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