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Short-term (Schengen) Visa

A Schengen (short-term) visa allows its holder to stay in the Schengen Area for the duration identified in the visa, which can be up to 90 days. It is issued for one entry, two entries or multiple entries and as an airport transit visa.

Schengen Information System data information


The Schengen Information System (SIS) is a large international database, created to help guarantee a high standard of public security in the Schengen area. The SIS is used to facilitate a more effective external border control and to support… more ►

Travel to the EU from Kenya

Useful information on travelling from Kenya to the EU Member States, such as visas, travel restrictions and consulates. more ►

Revised Schengen Visa Code

The revised Visa Code entered into force on February 2, 2020. The article summarizes some revisions concerning the procedure for submission of Schengen visa applications. more ►

Appeal against the decision to reject a Schengen visa application

In case of short-term Schengen visa refusal (or annulment or revocation), the applicant receives a standard form notifying reasons for visa refusal (or annulment or revocation), including guidance on possible remedy, that is a request for a… more ►

Information for Schengen visa applicants on personal data protection

Information of the European Commission for Schengen visa applicants more ►

Short-term visa - general information

General information concerning a short term (Schengen) visa application more ►

Schengen Visa Requirements

Applicants can apply up to 3 months but no later than 15 days before the planned travel. As per the Schengen Visa Code the decision about the visa application is taken within 15 calendar days (in specific cases up to 45 days). more ►

FAQs about Schengen Visas

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Schengen Information System


The Schengen Information System (SIS) is an extensive international database which plays an important role in the protection of the Schengen area. The SIS was established as a necessary measure aimed at limiting the security risks resulting from… more ►

Visa Information System (Biometrics)


Since November 2015, the Visa Information System (VIS) has been used by all consulates of the Schengen Area member states. The VIS allows an exchange of data, including the biometric data of applicants, such as fingerprints. Fingerprints are… more ►