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Are you Applying for a Schengen Visa in the UK?

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Here are Schengen Visa requirements and Application Guidelines for UK residents

Although the UK is not a member of the Schengen Agreement, UK citizens can travel to Europe without a visa for up to 90 days. Also from 9 June 2014, all British Overseas Territories (BOTC), British Overseas Citizens (BOC), British Protected Persons (BPP) and British Subjects (BS) for up to 90 days.

Who Can Apply for a Schengen Visa in the UK?

To apply for a Schengen visa from the UK, your UK residence permit must be valid for at least three months from the date you intend to leave the Schengen area. If this condition is not met, the consulate where the Schengen visa application was submitted will immediately refuse the application.

Non-residents such as travellers and tourists who currently have a visa in the UK cannot submit visa applications to the UK Schengen embassy. Instead, you should apply for a Schengen visa at the relevant Schengen embassy in your home country.

Use our Schengen visa eligibility check tool to see if you are eligible to apply for a Schengen visa from the UK.

If you have a 3-month UK visa, you can extend it for another 3 months and apply for a Schengen visa in the UK. You must apply for an extension while you are still in the UK before your visa expires. Find out greater approximately a way to increase your UK visa.

If you do not reside in the UK, you will need to apply to the embassy/consulate of your country of residence.

Visa Application Documents and Requirements for the United Kingdom Residents

All Schengen member states are represented in the UK by consulates and embassies, and applicants may have specific requirements. However, there are common requirements for each visa type and particular country. 

To obtain a Schengen visa in the UK you will need the following list of documents:

  • A valid passport or travel document. please confirm:
  • Your passport was issued within the last 10 years.
  • Your passport has two completely blank pages, one for visa stamps and one extra page.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least three (3) months after the date you exit the Schengen Area.
  • A valid UK residence permit or other forms of Identity Card. The UK residency permit must be endorsed in the actual passport (or on a new biometric ID card).
  • One application form is filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
  • One passport format photo that has a light background, is brightly coloured and shows full facial features. The photo must be no older than 6 months and must be attached to the application. Applications with photos attached will be rejected.
  • A cover letter explaining the purpose of your visit to the Schengen Area
  • Proof of travel: Round-trip flight/trip bookings or other proof of intended mode of transport and complete itinerary (if visiting multiple Schengen countries or if the trip includes multiple Schengen and non-Schengen countries) .
  • Schengen travel insurance (minimum coverage of €30,000) to cover you in the event of a medical emergency and repatriation to the Schengen area. Insurance policies can be easily purchased online from Europe Assistance. Proof of participation in hotel reservations or group travel.
  • Proof of participation in hotel reservations or group travel.
  • A recent UK bank statement or traveller’s check shows him a minimum balance of £55 per person per day in the Schengen area. A copy of the original must also be submitted. Documents should not be older than 1 month. Here you can find more information about proof of financial capacity when applying for a Schengen visa.

For UK employees

Letter of Reference for UK Employment confirming this statement:

  • Salary
  • Hire date
  • Position
  • Dates of vacation

If the applicant has been employed for less than 3 months, the letter from the employer should clearly state when the job started.

For self-employed

  • A recent letter (less than 3 months old) specifies:
  • Professional activity
  • Starting date
  • Business registration
  • Revenues from their solicitor or Accountant Bank Manager or Local Chamber of Commerce
  • VAT certificate

For foreign students in the UK

An official recent (less than 3 months old) letter from their school, college or university within the UK, that states:

  • The type of studies
  • Details of the course
  • Attendance record

For retirees

  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months

If unemployed and married to a UK citizen

A recent (less than 3 months old) employment certificate issued by your spouse’s employer states:

  • Position held in the company
  • Start date
  • Spouse’s valid passport
  • Officially translated marriage certificate. Translations are provided in English or the official language of the embassy of the country where the marriage took place, or by the Legalization Office of the UK Foreign Office.
  • If the marriage certificate was issued outside the European Union, it must be stamped by the issuing country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the British Embassy.

Which Schengen Embassy in the UK should I apply to?

There are specifications that further clarify which embassy or consulate in the UK you should apply to, depending on your purpose and/or duration of your visit.

  • If you are visiting a Schengen country, you must apply to the embassy or consulate of the destination country.
  • If you are visiting more than one Schengen country, you must apply to the embassy or consulate representing your main destination country (longest stay country).
  • If you wish to visit several Schengen countries for the same period of stay, you must apply to the embassy or consulate representing the Schengen country you are entering first.
  • If you plan to stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit (long-stay visa) instead of a Schengen visa. Instructions can be found on the relevant embassy/consulate homepage.

Requirements and guidelines for UK residents to apply:

When Should I Apply?

The best time to use for a Schengen visa withinside the UK is at the least 15 days earlier than you propose to go to Europe.

Note: Multiple entry visa holders may apply six months before their valid visa expires.

How Can you Apply for a Schengen visa from the UK?

To apply for a Schengen visa from the UK, you must make an appointment with the relevant consulate or embassy in London. There are following ways to do:

  • Go directly to the consulate/embassy
  • Apply through accreditation bodies such as VFS and BLS

How much time it takes to obtain a Schengen visa in the UK?

Your application must be finalized within 15 calendar days from the date you submit your visa application to the relevant British Embassy/Consulate.

This period may be extended by up to 30 days, especially if the applicant has additional requirements.

Consulates advise visa applicants to submit their applications well in advance of their intended travel to avoid unnecessary confusion.

Note: A multiple entry visa holder can apply six months before her valid visa expires.

However, there are some specific individual cases where applicants can get their visa faster through expedited processing.

  • Applicants with family members of EEA or EU citizens
  • extreme medical emergency cases


If you are applying for a Schengen visa in the UK, it is advisable to take care and plan your visit early during the summer or winter months, when the embassy receives most applications.

Schengen Visa Fees for UK Resident

The fees for applying for a Schengen visa in the UK vary from £36.5 for children aged 6 to 12 to £51 for adults (depending on currency fluctuations).

Schengen Visa Category (by age)Fee in UK PoundFee in Euro
Adult73 £80 €
Children between 6-12 years of age36.5 £40 €
Children younger than 6 years of ageFreeFree


Please note that these fees are subject to change based on currency fluctuations and are payable in British Pounds only.

Do spouses of UK everlasting citizens want a Schengen Visa?

Yes, her non-EU spouse, who is a UK national, needs a visa to travel to the Schengen area.

Can Indian passport holders apply for a Schengen visa from the UK?

Indian citizens and Indian passport holders legally residing in the UK for more than 3 months can apply for a Schengen visa in the UK.

Non-residents planning to stay in the UK for less than three months, including Indian travellers and tourists, should be discouraged from applying for a Schengen visa in the UK. Instead, you should apply for a Schengen visa in India.

When Travelling from the UK to Europe, Do I Need a Passport?

Currently, as a UK citizen you do not need a visa to enter any EU country. However, if you are traveling to an EU member state, you will need a valid UK passport.

As a non-EU citizen, you will also need a passport and possibly a Schengen visa to travel from the UK to Europe. Passport she must not be more than 10 years old. Must be valid for at least 3 months from the date of departure from the Schengen country. Children traveling from the UK to the EU alone, with a parent or with a parent alone must also have a travel permit. Must be signed by either a parent, legal guardian, or her second parent.

Becoming a British Resident

There are two popular ways of becoming a non-permanent UK resident:

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