While there’s a general belief that the best months to vacay in Europe are July and August, in fact, summer starts early in the continent, and in many countries, the beaches are open and sunny from the beginning of May to the end of September.
Planning a trip to the Schengen area can be exciting. But with a host of stunning destinations to visit, picking the perfect place can also get confusing. That’s when a hassle-free trip becomes the next best criterion to help plan your vacation.
What is a Schengen Visa?
The Schengen Visa allows you to visit any number of countries within the Schengen zone during the same validity period.
>You can transit through or stay within the territory of Schengen States for no more than 90 days in 6 months.
>You can also transit through the international transit areas of airports (Airport Transit Visa) of the Schengen States.
>The Schengen Tourist Visa will not be appropriate in case you wish to remain in a Schengen country for employment, profession, trade, or for establishing a business.
Schengen Visa is mainly issued on the purpose of tourism as a Schengen Visa. It is also issued for sporting events and visits with family members or relatives. After acquiring this visa, you can visit more than one Schengen country for up to 60 days in a 6-month period.
What is the Eligibility for a Schengen Visa?
The citizens belonging to the countries mentioned above are allowed to travel to the Schengen Countries. They are allowed to live in the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days within 180 days.
However, to be considered for this program, you will need to fulfil the below-mentioned requirements:
>Need to have a valid passport.
>Should hold a valid Schengen Visa.
>Need to have a medical insurance meeting to meet the Schengen Visa insurance requirements.
>Must show documents that prove the purpose and support your travel.
>Need to confirm your return ticket/sufficient funds to purchase a ticket.
Which countries have lowest rejection rate?
Of all the Schengen countries, these 10 countries are the easiest to obtain a visa and have the lowest rejection rate:
1. Italy – 12.7 per cent
Italy received over seven lakh Schengen visa applications from around the world. With only 92,186 of them rejected, the country’s rejection rate was 12.7%. Italy also had some of the lowest rejection rates in India (11.5%).
2.Switzerland – 12 per cent
Switzerland rejected 49,263 visas in 2022—not bad for a country that received over four lakh visa applications.
3.Poland – 11.6 per cent
In 2022, Poland made it into the list of countries with the lowest visa rejection rates at 11.6%. The country received 83,114 Schengen visa applications and rejected 9,841 of them.
4.Luxembourg – 10.5 per cent
Luxembourg ranks in the top position for rejecting minimum visa applications. The country has received 2,384 visa applications and denied just 29 visas. The country is known for its castles, hiking trails, etc.
5.Finland – 9.7 per cent
Finland has approved 58,273 visas out of 61,018 total applications received. The country is famous for its Northern Lights and spending time outside as the sun doesn’t set for six months. The country is also one of the happiest countries in the world and is spread over some 50,000 islands.
6.Slovakia – 9.7 per cent
Slovakia has received 3,886 visa applications, and it has rejected only 107. It is known for folk traditions, vintage architecture, the spa town of Piestany, etc.
7.Latvia – 9.5 per cent
Latvia approved 16,182 visa applications out of the 16,764 applications. The country is famous for Gauja National Park, the Art Nouveau district in Riga, and many more.
8.Lithuania – 7.8 per cent
Lithuania rejected only 683 visas out of the total 24,764 applications received. The country has several forested national parks with wildlife, Kaziukas Fair, etc. It is also known for its Jewish history and its taste in culture.
So, if you are planning a European vacation and want your chances of getting a visa to be higher, the above list of countries will not disappoint you.
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