What documents do I need to travel to the European Union?
Travelling to the European Union (EU) can be an exciting experience. However, like any other international travel, it requires some preparation and knowledge of the necessary documents. This article explains the main documents one needs for travelling to EU countries.
The first and foremost document you need while travelling to any foreign country is a valid passport. For EU countries, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your return date and it should have been issued within the last ten years.
Depending on your nationality, you may also require a visa to enter the EU. Non-EU citizens often require a Schengen Visa, which allows them to travel freely within the 26 countries of the Schengen Area. The type of visa you require would depend on the purpose and duration of your stay.
Travel health insurance is mandatory for visa application. The policy has to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent healthcare and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during your stay(s). Coverage of costs should be minimum 30,000 euros.
Proof of Sufficient Funds
You will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in the EU. How much is considered sufficient depends on the country you are visiting, your length of stay and whether you will be staying with family or friends, or at a hotel.
In addition to the above, you may also be required to present other supporting documents. These could include hotel reservations, flight bookings, a letter of invitation from a host or friend living in the EU, and any other evidence that could support the purpose of your trip.
While this is an overview of the most important documents you would need when travelling to the European Union, specific requirements may vary based on the country you are visiting and your nationality. Therefore, it is always best to check with the appropriate embassy or consulate for the most current requirements before you travel.