The Schengen Area is an area comprising 26 European states that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders. The area mostly functions as a single jurisdiction for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy. Although the United Kingdom is not a member of the Schengen Area, British citizens and all British Overseas Territories citizen can travel across Europe visa-free for a maximum of 90 days. This might change after Brexit and Britons might have to apply for a visa just like non-EU citizens and non-residents.
Non-EU citizen you must have a passport and might also need a Schengen visa to travel to the Europe from the UK. Passport must not be older than ten years. They must hold a validity period of at least three months since the day you will be leaving the Schengen zone.
Children traveling alone, with a legal guardian, or with only one parent from the UK towards the EU, should additionally have a letter of authorization to travel. It has to be signed by either both parents, legal guardian, or the second parent.
All Schengen states are represented in the UK by Consulates and Embassies and they might have specific requirements for applicants. However, there are common requirements for each country and visa type. Depending on your purpose and/or length of visit – there are specifications that further clarify at which Embassy or Consulate within the UK you should apply. The best time to apply for a Schengen visa in the UK is at least 15 days before the intended visit to Europe. If you can apply even earlier than that, it is even better – although not earlier than 3 months before the intended visit.
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