Factsheet: The Schengen
1 July 2021
A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa which allows its holder to enter, freely travel within and leave the Schengen zone from any of the 26 Schengen member countries. Obtaining a Schengen visa is the best way for visa-required nationals to travel across multiple countries on a single permit.
This factsheet sets out the countries whose citizens require a Schengen visa, how to apply and what documents you will need.