How to Travel to Europe to Visit Family and Friends

Schengen Visa Types | Schengen Visitor Visa: How to Travel to Europe to Visit Family and Friends

Looking at travelling to Europe for a visit?
What visa will be required to travel to any of the 27 countries in Europe?

A Schengen Visitor Visa is one of the types of Schengen visas that allow you entry into the Schengen Area.

It is a short-stay entry permit issued to visit family members or friends living in any of the Schengen Area member states.

So how do you apply for a visa to visit Europe?

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Schengen Visa Types | Schengen Visitor Visa: How to Travel to Europe to Visit Family and Friends

Schengen Visitor Visa How to Travel to Europe, to Visit Family and Friends

Restrictions update regularly, so it is always best to check the travel restrictions or upcoming travel restrictions on the country you wish to visit if you will be allowed to travel.

The good news is that there are some exemptions to the ban, like the love contract that many Schengen countries honour in order to let families reunite.

If you are unsure about whether you will be allowed to travel to the Schengen Area right now, feel free to book a consultation with us and we can check for you!

Who needs to apply for a Schengen Visitor Visa in the UK?

Any UK citizen who holds a UK passport, can travel to the Schengen area Visiting Family Members, Friends or Relatives and visa-free.

Keep in mind that the rules on travel have now changed due to Brexit.

British citizens can stay in the Schengen Area, for 90 out of 180 days. if you plan to stay longer, or travel frequently in the Schengen area, you will need to apply for a visa.

Non-EU Nationals

Many non-EU nationals who reside in the UK are still required to get a Schengen visa to travel to the Schengen area for the Purpose of Visiting Family Members, Friends or Relatives.

Check out our blog post for the list!

The main requirement is that you must have a UK residence permit valid for at least another three more months beyond the date you plan to leave the Schengen Area.

Before starting a visa application, or getting a flight to the Schengen area for visiting family and friends, make sure to check whether you need a Schengen visitor Visa or not.

If you have a 3-month UK visa you can extend it for 3 more months in order to be eligible to apply for a Schengen business visa from within the UK. You must apply for an extension before your visa expires and while you’re still in the UK.

Check out the Steps to Applying for a Business Schengen Visa from the UK

Step 1: Know Your Visa Type and Validity

If you’re still unsure about your application, let us help you out!

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