Europe is a magnificent continent and my very favourite! But for us, Sri Lankans travel is not that easy! When thinking of applying for “Schengen visa” all that comes to most of our minds is the hassle of the documentation, time spent at VFS and then going back to collect the passport. Most of all the anticipation of waiting for that visa, that really becomes the cherry on my cake! I am imparting my two words of wisdom today to help those who want to apply for Schengen visa via the French Embassy (You should apply from the country your staying the most in or if the number of days is equal in each country then from the country of first entry).
The embassy of France has recently launched an online platform to ease the process for all their applicants this has eased the process a little bit. On the website, you can create your visa application and print the PDF version. Physical documents have to be handed over to VFS Global and it is located in Fort next to “Dutch Hospital”. The video below shows the process of creating an account on the French Visa website – https://france-visas.gouv.fr/ [fvplayer src=”http://mandatorytravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Mar-10-2018-7_18-PM.webm” splash=”http://mandatorytravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/FRANCE-VISA.png”] See, it’s quite simple once you get down to do it! It might be scary if its the first time attempting this but you got to try something so might as well be this. The next step is to verify your account by clicking on the link you receive when you set up your account. This will then give you the option to fill in your application and print a PDF version. This is the application for your Schengen visa! The next part of this post details the documents required for your application.
The “Document checklist” (←← click to access) is your guide when gathering and arranging your Schengen visa documents. It is simple, easy to follow but can be a bit confusing in terms of the extra documents that you need to provide. I will go through all the five portions of this checklist in detail below.
These documents relate to your identity. It is very important that you provide these as requested. I have included all the required documents in the list below.
This section refers to the application and other documents that need to be provided to gain a sort of a summary of you for the Embassy.
This is very important and it is imperative that the dates coincide correctly and that you account for all dates for the period of your trip.
Special Note: if you are taking an overnight bus/train/fight – include the relevant ticket along with your hotel bookings.
Alas, we have reached the end of a very very long post. I know its intimidating sometimes when you think about applying for a Schengen Visa. This is simply because nobody actually provides accurate and honest guides for us Sri Lankans. Travel agents have there own agenda most of the time and therfore, provide you unrealistic requirements. I have faced this so many times and that is when I decided to do it on my own. So next time you think of pushing your travel ideas aside thinking its a hassle, think again and just go for it! Contact me if via comments or social media and I will be glad to help you out! Until next time, Ciao!