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Flight and hotel reservations for Schengen visa?

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Do I really need to book flights and hotels before even applying for a visa?
9 years ago, October 21st 2009 No: 21 Msg: #90185  
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Hey guys

Any idea where would be a good place to take the photo for the visa in Manhattan.
It seems like the requirement is pretty strict.
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9 years ago, October 22nd 2009 No: 22 Msg: #90353  
so how was you trip? Reply to this

9 years ago, November 9th 2009 No: 23 Msg: #92846  
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I'm on this forum all the time, trying to look for places to get my travel news, but recently found this, has anyone else seen it already? I've never heard of it before, am I completely out of touch?

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9 years ago, December 19th 2009 No: 24 Msg: #96803  
Hi Ling (or anyone could help me!)

Your information is really helpful! I have some urgent questions to ask you! I also sent my application to Consulate of Sweden New York on December 15th. I said my trip is Jan 8th--Jan 18th 2010 on my application, but for some personal reason, then I have to change it to Jan 15th-Jan 24th.....so I sent them my changed flight information both via e-mail and mail today. I am not sure if it affects the period of validity of my visa. So what's your period of validity and duration of stay on your visa? Do they give you a long period of validity, or the validity period depends on your flight dates? Thank you so much! I am really worried.... Reply to this

9 years ago, December 20th 2009 No: 25 Msg: #96949  
Hello Halim 😊

I dont now if you are still looking for an answer or not, but what I would do is go to a professional photographer. There are ones who specialise in taking passport, driving licence... photos. That is what I did, for my last passport photo, when the consulate rejected the one I had taken at a photo machine. This was in Germany, but they likely also have those services in the US too.

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8 years ago, November 16th 2010 No: 26 Msg: #123109  
hello everybody,

I need some help regarding the schengen visa. I am planning to travel to spain next month. I have gathered all documents necessary, but as for the invitation i dont have anyone to invite me. will the hostel booking be accepted as an alternative for the invitation? please help Reply to this

8 years ago, November 16th 2010 No: 27 Msg: #123127  
What country is your passport from? Reply to this

8 years ago, November 17th 2010 No: 28 Msg: #123150  
Its from Palestine-Middle east Reply to this

8 years ago, November 17th 2010 No: 29 Msg: #123158  
I have done a bit of research and it appears that you will need a confirmed hotel/hostel booking - so a copy of that should suffice. It may be possible that the sponsor could be considered to be your employer in your home country where they guarantee that you will return when your visit has concluded.

I must admit, it is hard to find accurate information on this as different countries in Europe have slightly different requirements. I'd be calling the nearest Spanish diplomatic mission and asking them - they will have better advice then me. Reply to this

8 years ago, November 17th 2010 No: 30 Msg: #123162  
OK..thank you very much 😊 Reply to this

8 years ago, November 19th 2010 No: 31 Msg: #123315  
Does anyone have an idea where I can find a clean but low priced hostel in rome? Reply to this

7 years ago, February 24th 2012 No: 32 Msg: #152293  
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I know this post is quite old now...but might help some new people. My experience with shengen visa has been good. Scheduled an appointment with the German Embassy in Chicago. Took 5 min to submit documents (given below) - Got the visa in mail within 2 days. Very fast and efficient.

Documents needed -

1. Sample travel itinerary. No need to make actual travel reservations. Just a sample trip itinerary which one can get from any airline website or hostel/hotel website.
2. Photocopy of the first and the last page of the passport
3. Permanent Resident card of the US, if not a US citizen. If applying from your home country, just the passport. The passport should not have been issued more than 10 years ago and should be valid for more than 6 months beyond the intended date of departure.
4. Invitation letter from the friend or relative in the EU.
5. A certified photo copy of friend's or relative's visa (for the EU country they reside in) and their passport.
6. Travel insurance for the duration of your stay.
7. Bank statements showing proof of sufficient funds (anything over $10,000 is a good amount for a trip of 90 days or less - this is just an arbitrary number - it worked for me. If someone wants to show more, that would be good too)
8. Oh! and don't forget that smile back home. Take it with you to the interview. It helps 😊.
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7 years ago, February 24th 2012 No: 33 Msg: #152294  
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9. Forgot to mention...take one photo (check out the photo requirements (dimensions, etc.) on the website of the respective embassy)...i took two with me...they immediately returned me one. Good luck! travel and explore...
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7 years ago, February 24th 2012 No: 34 Msg: #152297  
Thank you rockxy and welcome to Travelblog!

Even though the thread is old, the topic is still current. These are good suggestions.

[Edited: 2012 Feb 24 09:04 - The Travel Camel:11053 ]
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7 years ago, March 29th 2012 No: 35 Msg: #153921  
Thank you rockxy for your comments on Schengen visa. Exactly what I'm looking for :-)
I'm planning to bring my parents from India in Sep2012 for 20days to Germany. I have two questions on your post:

1. Regarding the flight itinerary to be provided, do they expect the traveller's names to be on the reservation? Would you mind showing me a sample itinerary page (of any routing) that is sufficient? Just wondering if it is possible to change the airline after visa issuance without losing the taxes on confirmed tickets!

2. Were you asked for confirmed hotel bookings for your entire period of stay? I'll be sending the invitation letter anyway to my parents, but do you know confirmed hotel reservation is mandatory?

Many thanks in advance!

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7 years ago, April 8th 2012 No: 36 Msg: #154355  
1 posts moved to this new topic: Fake reviews on CruiseCritic Reply to this

7 years ago, May 16th 2012 No: 37 Msg: #156287  
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7 years ago, June 7th 2012 No: 38 Msg: #157352  
which country is a lot of able with visas? My acquaintance said Europe is about abundant beneath able than the US, and I alone accept a ages left Reply to this

7 years ago, June 8th 2012 No: 39 Msg: #157398  
Seems like you already have your visa, good luck and happy travels!! Reply to this

6 years ago, October 25th 2012 No: 40 Msg: #162466  

In response to: Msg #71582 Do you mean only printout of flight details by saying itinerary. Reply to this

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