The Simple Schengen VISA

After a stressful UK VISA Application it was now time for the Schengen VISA Application. Thankfully already having a UK VISA stamp makes a Schengen pass easier. Nevertheless we need to endure the tedious process of gathering information. We choose to apply with the French Embassy in Bangkok. While our first destination is Italy (Rome) the VISA application should be made in the Schengen country where you spend the most time. We extend our stay in France to be sure of this. Quick online research shows France to be the easier Schengen VISA country to pass. Italy  harder. There is no need for a reference or sponsor for the Schengen VISA Application.

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Schengen VISA Application Process

The guidelines and process are simple. The main worry with the Schengen VISA Application is the risk. Flights and hotels  to be booked in advance which guarantees a kick in the stones if the application fails. Bring together the travel itinerary, proof of finances (100,000+ Baht in Fanfan’s bank), travel insurance and application fee (around 3,500 Baht). Book a date for the Schengen application online through the TLS Contact Website. The final application is made at the TLS offices at Sathorn City Tower a short walk from Chong Nonsi Skytrain.

Complications on our Schengen VISA Application

As always things don’t go smoothly. Our “Simple Schengen Insurance” was wrong. The insurance we bought did not cover “Worldwide” which for some reason is necessary. We are given three hours to correct the mistake and return to the application center. We find internet nearby, phone the insurance company then change and print the new insurance document. Return to the application centre and complete the application. Two weeks later we pick up the passport with Schengen VISA stamp. Next stop – Rome.

4 thoughts on “The Simple Schengen VISA”

  1. Interesting to read this. The media in the UK often reports of how obtaining a schengen visa is a lot easier than a visa to the UK. This is why the UK performs a lot poorer in tourism. Now the UK government is saying they will seek to relax the rules and application process a bit for the Chinese. The prime motive is to bring in a lot of the wealthy Chinese so they can spend their money in the UK.

  2. Just a few points:
    – For a Schengen visa you can always apply at the embassy directly for an appointment, the use of an external service provider is entirely optional even though many embassies push people towards these agencies (the French using TLS). This is covered in the EU Directive 810/2009, article 17.

    – You do not need “world coverage” , that’s just silly. For your medical-travel insurance, you simply need coverage in the Schengen area (even just the country you are staying in should do if such an insurance even excists) and for atleast € 30.000,- Ofcourse the unsurance company must be legit, so best to use a large EU based company or else a large local insurance company. Sounds like incompetent external staff, they are only a handling agency anyway so that why I would always apply at the embassy since then you may speak to more properly trained staff (actual officials) and save additional time and costs on the serice provider aswell.

  3. Muhammad nadeem

    Hello nationality is Pakistan and residancy Saudi Arabia and Thailand tourist six months multiple entry visa.can i apply schangen visa.please reply.thank you

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