Monday, April 1, 2013

Travelled To Europe - Schengen Visa Insurance

Safely in Schengen area with Schengen visa insurance you must have heard of Schengen visa if you have ever travelled to Europe. Schengen visa is primarily required to travel to Schengen countries of Europe. In total, there are 26 Schengen countries and these include Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Now the question arises regarding the country which the traveller needs to apply through. Well, it is quite simple and the country where he or she intends to spend most of the time of the trip is the answer. However, if there is more than one country where the applicant plans to stay for the same period of time, then the application needs to be submitted at the country of the first port of entry.

The applicant needs to duly fill the Schengen visa application form that can be downloaded from the Internet from the website of the applicable country's Embassy. Let us take a look at the documents that are required to be submitted along with the Schengen visa application form. First is the passport with a validity period of minimum of six months after the scheduled departure from the Schengen state with at least 2 blank pages. If the applicant holds a Temporary Passport, then it must not be older than two months and must be supported by a certified copy of Identity Proof. In addition, the application must be accompanied by two coloured passport photos of the applicant on the white background. Other documents include Proof of residence like lease contract, utility bills, copy of reserved, pre-paid accommodation in Schengen State or a letter from the host in Schengen State with their ID or passport, tickets, Schengen visa insurance, Itinerary mentioning entry into and exit from Schengen region, original bank statements of 3 months, and others subject to the requirements of specific country's embassy.

There are certain things to consider when applying for the Schengen travel insurance for applying for Schengen visa. The insurance policy you purchase must provide you a minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros for emergency hospital and repatriation expenses. The policy must cover you for the entire time period you are in the Schengen area and must be valid in the whole of the area.  The policy document must state Policy number, Name of the Insured Person, Schedule of Benefits and Validity.

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