Visa Overview: How To Apply For Schengen Visa In Nigeria
Want to experience a trip of a lifetime in Europe? Many Nigerians are visiting Europe for endless reasons. The European countries are all ethnologically, customarily and historically unique. If their history and culture are not enough to attract you, then the varieties of attractions, natural beauty and wonders would be more than enough to flatter you.
There is everything for everyone here, from the city with rolling hills, medieval splendor and timeless charm – Tuscany, to the eternal city perched on seven hills – Rome which is home to the glorious Colosseum and the awe-inspiring Trevi Fountain.
Visiting Europe has been made easy with Schengen visa, which allows easy travel between the European countries except for the United Kingdom and countries like Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Cyprus and Ireland.
If you have been wondering about how to apply for Schengen visa in Nigeria, Travelfix.com presents you with detailed information on how to go about it.
There are currently 26 European countries in this agreement and they are as follows:
- Czech Republic
- Liechtenstein (not a EU)
What is a Schengen Visa?
Schengen Visa is a 90-day tourist visa issued by the countries in the Schengen agreement that allows no border controls within the region. This means that the visa makes it possible for Nigerians to visit all the countries in the Schengen area without further procedures. Nigerians are allowed entry into any of the Schengen zone for 90-days within a six-month period. Nigerian passport holders with Schengen visa can visit one or more of countries.
Types of Schengen Visa
Even though there are different reasons for applying for a Schengen visa, there is only one type – Schengen visa. You can visit any of the Schengen visa for tourism, business, visit family and friends or attend an event. Visas are also issued for short and long stay. The Short stay visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days.
PLEASE NOTE: If you’re travelling to Europe to work or study, you can’t apply for a Schengen Visa. You should process your visa application directly from the embassy of the country you are travelling to.
This type of visa would require you to return back to Nigeria after 90 days. We know that if given a chance, many Nigerians would want to stay illegally outside Nigeria; however, it is very important to leave the country before your visa expires.
General Requirements for Applying for a Schengen Visa
- 1 color ID photograph, size, 3,5×4,5, taken recently, against a plain white Background.
- Passport with a validity of at least 3-6 months from the date of departure + two empty pages.
- Copy of the passport page with the photograph and those mentioning an extension of validity.
- Filled Application Form. (Please note: DO NOT leave any question blank on the form, If the answer is not applicable, indicate “N/A”) Download the Application form here or fill it online. You should also download the Mandatory Questionnaire if you are applying through France Embassy.
- Letter of introduction to the Embassy (document that introduces the applicant and reason for visa application. The letter should include contact numbers of the applicant)
- Copy of previous visa (US, UK, Canada, Australia and any Schengen country)
- Applicant’s proof of employment: Letter from the employer, with address and telephone number, stating the position held as well as the starting date and the monthly salary. This certificate has to confirm the dates of approved leave from place of work, the return back to work and whether salary is paid or not during the period.
- A letter of invitation addressed to the Embassy, in case the traveler will stay in a friend’s or relative’s residence. A document of identity or permit of stay should accompany the letter of invitation.
- For merchants or in case of self-employment: copy of the certificate of trade registration or other appropriate document (Authorization of practice).
- Proofs of the applicant’s personal income: Copy of all kind of bank accounts. (Updated at least 15 days prior to the application, including the page with the meaning of codes of operations) and, if applicable, copies of the three last salary slips. If the applicant has no personal income, a close family member (husband, parents for minors and students) has to prove his (her) personal incomes (copy of the three last salary slips or copy of updated bank accounts) and write a letter confirming that he (she) will pay for all the applicant‘s expenses during the stay.
- Confirmed reservation of return flight ticket(s) – If applicable, detailed itinerary clearly showing the name of all visited countries and the dates of stay.
- Proofs of accommodation for the complete duration of stay in the Schengen countries: Booking of a hotel room with dates of checking in and out/Invitation letter from a family/friend in France including Attestation D’Accruiel (for a visit to The Netherlands, Bewijs) and copy of passport bio-data page/identity card.
- Copy of medical insurance valid for the length of stay and for all Schengen countries, covering medical repatriation and hospital care. A minimum corresponding to a medical coverage of 30,000 Euros is mandatory. The policy has to be issued by a local company listed by the Schengen missions or by an insurance company based in Europe.
Where to Apply?
Choosing where to apply for a Schengen visa depends on so many factors. Firstly, if you want to apply for a Schengen Visa, you can apply for the country you are entering first. For instance, if you want to visit France, you can apply for a Schengen visa in the France Embassy. However, most Nigerians prefer to apply at the embassies that are more lenient in issuing the visa. Nevertheless, the process of application including the requirements remains the same regardless of the embassy you are applying from.
Similarly, if you are visiting only one Schengen state, the visa application must be made at the Embassy of the country. If you will be visiting more than one European member state, the application must be made at the embassy of the main destination – which depends on the length of your stay.
PLEASE NOTE: The requirements listed above are generic. Some Embassies may require you to submit additional documents depending on your reasons for visiting. Failure to submit all required documents to lead to the refusal of your visa application. Similarly, only visa applications with intended travel date that falls within 3 months from the time of application will be accepted.
How to Apply?
Once you have the full list of the requirements for visa application and you have filled the visa application form completely, you should identify which embassy or consulate you are submitting your application. For instance: If you are visiting France, you should submit at the French Embassy.
How Much is Schengen Visa Fees?
Depending on the exchange rate between Naira and Euros, which changes nowadays; the fee for Schengen visa is 60 EURO. Please note that once you pay the visa fee, it is not refundable.
How Long Will It Take to Process Schengen Visa?
The processing time for Schengen Visa varies, depending on many factors. However, the minimum processing time is between 10 – 15 days. Therefore, it is important that applicants submit complete required documents to avoid any further delay.
If you wish to apply for visa to visit France, Netherlands and Lithuania, you should apply directly at VFS Global, located at 38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse-2. Abuja. According to Ambafrance-ng.org, “the attendance at the Consular Section of the embassy visa is no longer mandatory.”
Here are embassies and consulates of Schengen countries in Nigeria. Some of these embassies also represent other Schengen countries in Nigeria.
37 Udi Street Off Aso Drive, Quartier Maitama
121 Louis Solomon Close
P.O.Box 72554, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
9 Lake Maracaibo Close, Maitama
9 Iro Dan Musa Street
Asokoro P.M.B 5140, Abuja, Nigeria
No 6, Seguela Street
Wuse II, P.O. Box 11525, Abuja, Nigeria
No. 61, Jose Marti Crescent
Asokoro, Abuja, Nigeria
21st Crescent, off Constitution avenue, Central Business District
Liechtenstein Mission accredited to Nigeria
157, Adetokunbo Ademola Cr.
Wuse II, Abuja, Nigeria
EU Common Embassy Complex
21st Crescent off Constitution Avenue
10 River Niger, Maitama
Plot 3655, Orinoco Crescent
(off River Kubani Street, off Nile Street)
Maitama, Abuja, Nigéria
54, T.Y. Danjuma Street
Asokoro, Abuja, Nigeria
Slovak Republic Embassy
No. 14, Lord Lugard Street
Embassy of Spain
Bobo Close, 8, Plot 611, Off Ghana St.,
Maitama District, Abuja, Nigeria
41 T. Y. Danjuma Street
Asokoro District, Abuja, Nigeria
We have provided you with an overview on how to apply for Schengen Visa in Nigeria. We are sure that this visa overview on Schengen visa application will help you obtain your visa without any stress. Enjoy your trip to Europe!
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