Schengen visa after the pandemic - which countries have already opened and through which embassies is it better to do it?

Schengen visa after the pandemic - which countries have already opened and through which embassies is it better to do it?


622      08.06.2022

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During the pandemic, many countries issuing Schengen visas stopped issuing visas. Most embassies in Europe have resumed issuing visas as pandemic rules have eased. However, some embassies have required travel insurance to cover medical expenses when they become infected, given the possibility of contracting the coronavirus. Currently, you can get a Schengen visa to the following countries:

  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • France (also for Spain, Portugal, Belgium)
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • Switzerland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Estonia
  • Norway
  • Sweden

The main documents required for a visa are:

Passport
Copy of ID card
Verification of employment
Bank account statement and statement
Salary card statement
Travel insurance - Note that some embassies require insurance that fully covers COVID-19 infection, and some even require insurance from an insurance company of European origin.
Copies of Schengen visas obtained in the last 5 years, if any
If you do not have a job and income, the sponsor who covers the travel expenses must prepare a document to this effect at the notary and provide information about the income and place of work. If you want a long-term visa, you can also write a letter of intent to the consul. All documents must be submitted in English or translated from Azerbaijani into English.

The visa fee is 35 euros. This is the same price for both single-entry and multi-entry Schengen visas. According to travel blogger Azer Ismayil, the embassies of Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and France now issue visas more easily if the documents are in order. The embassies of Hungary and Italy, in some cases, refuse without justification or request additional documents. Additional documents mean additional costs.

Remember to read the entry rules of the country you are going to before the trip. You can find the latest information on the website of the airline you are traveling to or at https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php.

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