Yesterday we spent out morning at the German Embassy in Westville, Durban to submit our application for our Schengen visa. I was very nervous when putting this application together because previously I had used a visa expert. Well it went smoothly and now we patiently wait for our visas to be approved and passports returned to us.
Here are some guidelines for a smooth and easy application :
1. First things first, set up an appointment with a specific time for your application submission. Whilst this is not compulsory, it did give us the benefit of being prioritized on the day!
2. Complete the application form online.
3. Select the applicable checklist form required for your application.
4. Work through the checklist thoroughly and compile your documents for submission.
Essentially for our application we included the following:
- Completed application form
- Un-ticked checklist
- Copy of first page of application form
- Copy of bio page from passport
- Copy of old Schengen visa
- Three months bank statements (cheque account)
- Statement of investment accounts (I just like to include this to ensure that the funds portion
is clearly covered)
- Detailed itinerary setting out each city to be visited and for which dates.
- e-ticket for flights into and out of Schengen states
- confirmation of accommodation bookings which we printed from booking.com and the
balance was sent to us via the tour company we will be joining
- as we will be flying between various countries, we included all e-tickets for all intended
- travel insurance letter
5. The following are items of an additional nature that was requested :
- I had made a few bookings via Booking.com so the confirmations where in my name. I was asked to prepare a handwritten letter whilst at the Embassy stating that (1) I have made
bookings in my name on behalf of my husband and myself, (2) we would be travelling
together at all times
- As I am employed in South Africa by a Close Corporation, a copy of the CK document was
requested as this would comfirm the status of the CC as well as provide full employer
information. (I had thought a confirmation of employment letter would suffice but
understandable as to why the CK document was required.)
6. The following items where not required:
- letter from bank confirming.
- certified copies of passport bio page
Naturally this information is all based on my application and it would be best for you to consult the Embassy to confirm if there are any other requirements.
Are you traveling to the Schengen States any time soon? I would love to follow your travels so let me know :)