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Visa Overview: How To Apply For Schengen Visa In Nigeria

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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.

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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.

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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.

Schengen Region

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There are currently 26 European countries in this agreement and they are as follows:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Liechtenstein (not a EU)
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

What is a Schengen Visa?

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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.

France Embassy
37 Udi Street Off Aso Drive, Quartier Maitama
Abuja, Nigeria
Website: www.ambafrance-ng.org

Denmark Embassy
Maersk House
121 Louis Solomon Close
P.O.Box 72554, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Germany Embassy
9 Lake Maracaibo Close, Maitama
Abuja, Nigeria
Website: http://www.abuja.diplo.de

Finland Embassy
9 Iro Dan Musa Street
Asokoro P.M.B 5140, Abuja, Nigeria
Website: www.finlandnigeria.org

Greece Embassy
No 6, Seguela Street
Wuse II, P.O. Box 11525, Abuja, Nigeria

Hungary Embassy
No. 61, Jose Marti Crescent
Asokoro, Abuja, Nigeria
Website: www.mfa.gov.hu/emb/abuja

Italy Embassy
21st Crescent, off Constitution avenue, Central Business District
Abuja, Nigeria
Website: www.ambabuja.esteri.it

Liechtenstein Mission accredited to Nigeria
157, Adetokunbo Ademola Cr.
Wuse II, Abuja, Nigeria
Website: www.eda.admin.ch

Netherlands Embassy
EU Common Embassy Complex
21st Crescent off Constitution Avenue
Abuja, Nigeria
Website: www.nigeria.nlembassy.org

Poland Embassy
10 River Niger, Maitama
Abuja, Nigeria
Website: www.abudza.msz.gov.pl

Portugal Embassy
Plot 3655, Orinoco Crescent
(off River Kubani Street, off Nile Street)
Maitama, Abuja, Nigéria
Website: http://www.secomunidades.pt/web/abuja

Norway Embassy
54, T.Y. Danjuma Street
Asokoro, Abuja, Nigeria
Website: www.emb-norway.com.ng

Slovak Republic Embassy
No. 14, Lord Lugard Street
Abuja, Nigeria
Website: www.mzv.sk/abuja

Embassy of Spain
Bobo Close, 8, Plot 611, Off Ghana St.,
Maitama District, Abuja, Nigeria

Sweden Embassy
41 T. Y. Danjuma Street
Asokoro District, Abuja, Nigeria
Website: www.swedenabroad.com

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!

If you have any questions regarding how to apply for Schengen Visa in Nigeria, please leave us a comment below and we will respond and provide answers.

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25 Comments

  1. Ray

    April 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Hey Oluwakemi, im looking to travel to Slovenia in June, have you got an idea, how i could obtain my visa, or the country representative of Slovenia here in Nigeria

    • Cephas Omaku

      April 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Ray,

      Thanks for reaching out. Kindly provide your email address and we will send requirements to you.

      Regards,
      Cephas.

  2. Olu

    June 20, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Hello Cephas,
    your post was very insightful, thank you. you talked about the easiest countries to apply to, which are these please? i will like to visit 2 countries in August, Amsterdam and another, not sure yet, but it might help to apply to an easy country. what do you think?
    do you know anything about requirements to Netherlands?

    • Travelfix Admin

      June 27, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Hi Olu,

      Thanks for reaching out. From experience, France and Hungary are quite lenient, but we are not saying that other countries among the Schengen agreement could be harder, provided requirements are met. We would suggest you apply to France first.

      Please confirm that we’ve sent the Netherlands visa requirements to your inbox.

      Kind Regards,
      Cephas.

  3. toby

    June 23, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Hi, what range of time can one reapply for visa after refusal.I mean how many weeks required to wait and can one reapply at another shenghen country.thanks.waiting for your reply.toby

    • Travelfix Admin

      June 27, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Hi Toby,

      Glad you checked with us. You can reapply for a Schengen Visa six months after refusal and if there’s room for appealing, you can appeal and then reapply ASAP. However, you could reapply to another country among the Schengen agreement six months after a prior refusal.

      Thanks,
      Cephas.

  4. adeyemi

    July 22, 2016 at 11:47 am

    i need information about how to apply for france visa.

    • Travelfix Admin

      August 15, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Hi Adeyemi,

      Thanks for holding on. Kindly email your phone and email details to visas@travelfix.co with your request brief and we’ll take it up from there.

      Regards,
      Cephas.

  5. Akinyode Olawumi

    July 31, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I hope to attend an academic conference in Portugal by end of September, where and how soon do I have to apply for visa and how much?

    • Travelfix Admin

      August 15, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Hi Akinyode,

      Thanks for reaching out. You can apply at their embassy in Abuja. For further assistance, kindly email your phone and email details to visas@travelfix.co with your request brief and we shall get in touch.

      Kind Regards,
      Cephas.

  6. great stone josiah

    August 12, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    greetings,please i need the full requirment for france visa .

    • Travelfix Admin

      August 15, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Hi Josiah,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us. Please provide a brief description of your request, your phone number and email ID (send to visas@travelfix.co). We’ll contact you for easy assistance.

      Best Regards,
      Cephas.

  7. Abimbola

    August 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

    i want to apply for Sweden visitors visa. a friend is inviting me. pls what documents do i need precisely..thanks in advance

    • Travelfix Admin

      August 25, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Thanks for leaving your comment here Abimbola.

      When do you plan to depart please.
      Kindly send your contact details (phone and email) to digital@travelfix.co and we’ll patch you through to our visa representatives.

      Kind Regards,
      Cephas.

  8. OLALEYE

    September 2, 2016 at 4:39 am

    I wish to attend a medical conference in Austria, but I don’t know how easy to secure the visa. olaleye100@yahoo.com

    • Cephas

      September 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Hi Olaleye,

      Please be informed your request will be attended to in a while.
      Best Regards,

      Cephas.

  9. Chinedum

    August 28, 2017 at 5:55 am

    hello admin, my company want to send me for a conference meeting in Italy. pls. how do I apply and which embassy will be easier to issue me visa without delay. the conference is between 11-16 October

    • Cephas

      September 14, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Hello Chinedum,

      Thanks for contacting Travelfix.com.
      Rest assured we shall get back to you in a while.
      Apologies for late response.

      Cheers!
      Cephas.

  10. Olawale LAWAL

    August 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks for the very insightful expose. I wish travel to Slovenia, but Slovenia Embassy is not available in Nigeria. Which Embassy will you suggest I apply to in Lagos, where I will get visa within 10 days?

    • Cephas

      September 14, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Apologies for the late response Lawal.

      We’ll, nonetheless, attend to your concerns and revert soon.

      Thanks,
      Cephas.

  11. Wunmi

    September 13, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Please i need to appy for a schenghen visa to Norway, pls need the information on how to urgently.

    • Cephas

      September 14, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Hello Wunmi,

      Thanks for commenting.
      Please be informed we’re already looking into your request and you shall get a response in a while.

      Best Regards,
      Cephas.

  12. EMMANUEL

    September 14, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Hello, I want to visit mallorca in October ending and I hope is not too late to submit my visa application with the embassy by next week Thursday? I also need your further guidelines, pls kindly email me the details email Optimist2811@gmail.com or +2348033715029.

    • Cephas

      September 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Hi Emmanuel,

      Thanks for reaching out.
      Please be informed we’re already looking into your request.
      You shall get a response in a while.

      Best Regards,
      Cephas.

  13. Cephas

    September 14, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Hi All,

    Please be informed that all your comments will be attended to one after the other.

    Best Regards,
    Cephas.

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