How to read a Schengen visa. What does each item mean?
Today we will consider in detail how the sticker with a visa looks like, what information is contained in it and what each item means.
For the sample, take a visa of Spain, but whatever a visa you consider the names of items in it will be in 3 languages &# 8211; English, French and the language of the country that put you a visa. In the case of a French visa only in 2 languages, English and French.
Valid For &# 8211; On which territory is a valid given visa. In most cases, Etados Shengen will be written (in the language of the country, which issued a visa, in this case in Spanish). Etados Shengen means that your visa is valid throughout the Schengen space.
Currently, Schengen includes the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Iceland, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden and Estonia.
The inscription Etados Shengen is the most popular, however, the Schengen visa can be with a territorial limitation, t.E. act in the territory of some kind of country. In this case, instead of lettering Etados Shengen, there will be an alphabet code of the country, in the territory of which it is valid: A (Austria), B (Belgium), CH (Switzerland), Cze (Czech Republic), D (Germany), DK (Denmark), E (Spain), EST (Estonia), F (France), Fin (Finland), GR (Greece), H (Hungary), I (Italy), IS (Iceland), L (Luxembourg), LT (Lithuania), LVA (Latvia), M (Malta), N (Norway), NL (Netherlands), P (Portugal), PL (Poland), S (Sweden), SK (Slovakia), SVN (Slovenia). This means that you can only enter the Schengen territory in this country. Abbreviations are not always used, the consulate can write a country and completely, for example, France.
Another option is &# 8220; etados shengen &# 8211; (country code or countries)&# 8221;, for example, &# 8220; etados shengen &# 8211; F&# 8221; &# 8211; This means that this visa is valid in the territory of the Schengen space, with the exception of France. T.E. You can visit any country except France.
Another option lettering &# 8211; &# 8220; Country + Number of transit entry into the territory of Schengen&# 8221;, for example, "France + 1 Transit Schengen". This means that you can cross the Schengen zone once (in any country) to get to France, which is the purpose of your trip.
When receiving a visa at the France Consulate, you can see the inscription &# 8211; "France Sauf CTOM". This means that this visa is valid only on the territory of France, and also gives you the right to visit France’s Overseas Departments (Drom), To which include: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion, besides this, on this visa you can visit some overseas territories of France: Sent Martin, Saint Bartholomew Island, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. However, it does not apply to overseas territories to which include: French Polynesia, Wallis and Futun, New Caledonia and the Mayotte Department.
Another type of visa that can be obtained in the French Consulate &# 8211; "DEPARTEMENT D’Outre Mer (France)", this visa is valid only in French overseas territories and does not give the right to enter France. As a rule, in the section Remarks / Notes will be listed for which you can enter.
From &# 8211; The date with which the visa begins to act, for example, 01-10-2014. This means that you can enter Schengen from October 1, 2014 from 00:00 o’clock.
Until &# 8211; The expiration date of the visa, for example, 01-10-2015. T.E. You must leave the Schengen zone until 23:59 October 1, 2015.
Type of Visa &# 8211; The type of visa is indicated by the letters of the Latin alphabet. The most popular type of visa &# 8211; C, it is a short-term visa, you can be in the Schengen space for no more than 90 days in a half. Visa category D &# 8211; Long-term, the usual is issued to students, or those who are going to work, it allows you to be on the territory of Shengen more than 3 months in every half.
Number of Entries &# 8211; Number of entry. There are 3 options:
- "MULT" &# 8211; means that you can enter the territory of Shengen an unlimited number of times.
- "1" &# 8211; You can enter the Schengen space only once.
- "2" &# 8211; You can enter the Schengen space twice.
Duration of Stay &# 8211; The number of days you can spend on Schengen. If you were given an annual, 2-year and t.NS. Visa, then in the Remarks / Notes section will be indicated "Visa De Circulation", and in Duration Of Stay &# 8211; 90. This means that within a 6 month period you can be in the territory of Shengen 90 days. Read more about how the days of stay in Schengen are considered.
Issued In &# 8211; The place of issuance of a visa is usually written the city in which you put a visa.
ON &# 8211; Date of issuing a visa
Number of Passport &# 8211; Your passport number.
Surname, Name &# 8211; Your surname and name.
Remarks &# 8211; Notes. This section may not be filled at all, but most often the next remark is found:
"Circulation" &# 8211; About this note we have already spoken just above. This means that the ninety-day period is reset every six months. If the visa is annual, then in the first half of the year you can be in the territory of Shengen 90 days and in the second the same. Please note that the half a year is considered not calendar, but from the date of the first entrance.
This is how the fully filled visa looks like:
What data must be checked upon receipt of a visa?
Errors allow everything to avoid unpleasant surprises on the border, check your visa in advance.