Schengen Visa - Requirements and Exemptions

Requirements
Depending upon the applicant's citizenship and/or residency or few other rules, a Schengen visa may either be or not required by all Schengen countries or some Schengen countries.

Citizens of following countries require a short-term stay or transit visa by all Schengen countries
AFGHANISTAN
ALBANIA
ALGERIA
ANGOLA
ARMENIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BANGLADESH
BELARUS
BELIZE
BENIN
BHUTAN
BOLIVIA
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
BOTSWANA
BURKINA FASO
BURMA/MYANMAR
BURUNDI
CAMBODIA
CAMEROON
CAPE VERDE
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
CHAD
CHINA
COLOMBIA
COMOROS
CONGO
COTE D' IVOIRE
CUBA
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
DJIBOUTI
DOMINICA
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ECUADOR
EGYPT
EQUATORIAL GUINEA
ERITREA
ETHIOPIA
FIJI
GABON
GAMBIA
GEORGIA
GHANA
GRENADA
GUINEA
GUINEA-BISSAU
GUYANA
HAITI
INDIA
INDONESIA
IRAN
IRAQ
JAMAICA
JORDAN
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KIRIBATI
KUWAIT
KYRGYZSTAN
LAOS
LEBANON
LESOTHO
LIBERIA
LIBYA
MADAGASCAR
MALAWI
MALDIVES
MALI
MARSHALL ISLANDS
MAURITANIA
MICRONESIA
MOLDOVA
MONGOLIA
MOROCCO
MOZAMBIQUE
NAMIBIA
NAURU
NEPAL
NIGER
NIGERIA
NORTH KOREA
NORTHERN MARIANAS (ISLANDS)
OMAN
PAKISTAN
PALAU
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
PERU
PHILIPPINES
QATAR
RUSSIA
RWANDA
SAMOA
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
SAUDI ARABIA
SENEGAL
SIERRA LEONE
SOLOMON ISLANDS
SOMALIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SRI LANKA
ST LUCIA
ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
SUDAN
SURINAME
SWAZILAND
SYRIA
TAJIKISTAN
TANZANIA
THAILAND
TOGO
TIMOR-LESTE
TONGA
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TUNISIA
TURKEY
TURKMENISTAN
TUVALU
UGANDA
UKRAINE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UZBEKISTAN
VANUATU
VIETNAM
YEMEN
ZAMBIA
ZIMBABWE

Citizens of the following countries require an airport transit visa by all Schengen countries
AFGHANISTAN
BANGLADESH
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
ERITREA
ETHIOPIA
GHANA
IRAN
IRAQ
NIGERIA
PAKISTAN
SOMALIA
SRI LANKA
However, the citizens of the above mentioned countries do not require airport transit visa, if any of the following requirements are met:
  • They have a valid residence permit issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the USA guaranteeing the holder's unconditional readmission; or

  • They already hold a valid Schengen visa, a national long-stay visa or a residence permit issued by a Schengen State;

  • They hold a valid visa for a Schegen State or for a State party to the Agreement on the European Econonic Area of May 2, 1992, Canada, Japan or the USA, or when they return from those countries after having used the visa; or

  • They are family members of the citizens of the Union; or

  • They hold diplomatic passports; or

  • They are flight crew members who are nationals of a contracting Party to the Chicago Convention on International Civl Aviation.

Exemptions
Citizens of following countries are exempted from the visa
for a short stay up to 90 days or to transit the Schengen area.
ANDORRA
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
BAHAMAS
BARBADOS
BRAZIL
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
BULGARIA
CANADA
CHILE
COSTA RICA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY)
HONDURAS
ISRAEL
JAPAN
MACEDONIA
MALAYSIA
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MONACO
MONTENEGRO
NEW ZEALAND
NICARAGUA
PANAMA
PARAGUAY
ROMANIA
SAINT KITTS & NEVIS
SAN MARINO
SERBIA
SEYCHELLES
SINGAPORE
SOUTH KOREA
USA
URUGUAY
VENEZUELA

Hong Kong: the visa exemption applies only to holders of a «Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport».
Macao: the visa exemption applies only to holders of a «Região Administrativa Especial de Macau» passport.
Britsh Overseas Nationals are exmpted from the Schengen Visa Requirement.

Diplomatic, official and service passports
There is no harmonized set of rules for visa requirements for diplomatic, official and service passport holders.

A particular Schengen country may or may not require a visa based on the country of origin and the type of passport held. It is best to check with the Schengen embassy/consulate of the main destination or of first entry before traveling.

Detailed schedule of visa exemptions

Note: Effective Nov 1, 2006, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands exempt holders of Indonesian diplomatic and serviec passports from visa requirements.

Generally, if you are subject to the visa requirement, if you hold a diplomatic, official or service passport, you don't have to show proof of funds when traveling in your professional capacity.

Schengen country residence permit
If you have a residence permit in one of the Schengen countries, you don't require an entry visa. Refer to the Common consular instructions for the complete list of various documents entitling holders to enter the Schengen area without any visa.

Local Border Traffic
If you are a third country national who hold a "local border traffic permit", when you are exercising your rights within the context of the Local Border Traffic regime, you are exempted from requiring a Schengen visa.

Nationals of European Economic Area (EEA):
Cyprus, Ireland, United Kingdom (Other countries in EEA are already Schengen countries).