A Tourist Schengen Visa permits third-country nationals enter into the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within a 6-month period, under the purpose of traveling or visiting Europe for pleasure.

It is mainly classified under the following categories:

  • Tourism
  • Visiting Family or Friends
  • Business
  • Official Visit
  • Transit / Airport Transit
  • Study Purpose / Exchange program from University

Who needs a Tourist Schengen Visa When Traveling to Europe for Tourism?

  • Non-European citizens willing to travel to Europe for tourism purpose might be required to apply for a short-term Schengen visa under “tourist” specification.
  • Some visitors and transit passengers can travel to Europe without a visa.


  • You must show that you’re a genuine tourist or visitor and intend to leave Schengen Country at the end of your stay.
  • You must have enough money to live on while you’re in Europe or have an acceptable sponsor.
  • You must have a ticket to leave Europe or be sponsored for the cost of your onward travel.

How long does it take to receive the visa?

It is advisable to apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa at least 2 weeks prior to the planned trip. Depending on the situation, proceeding time might take up to two months if there is something extraordinary with the individual case or any unusual political situation is on the go.

How long is the visa valid for?

  • Tourist visa is commonly valid for stays no more than 90 days. If you will be traveling a lot and not only in one Schengen country, it’s recommendable to fill in the “multiple entry” gap in the application form. This way you will be able to enter and leave Schengen Zone as you please for the amount of time allowed on your visa issued.
  • There are a several Schengen visa types, and here at IME Advisors we make sure that we choose the right Visa that you as an individual need to apply.

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