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If you plan to visit another country while you are in the UK, check if you need a visa with their embassy in your home country, before you leave. It is usually easier to apply there than from in the UK. This is very important if you wish to visit the USA.
If you are already in the UK, then before confirming your travel we recommend that you check the visa requirements for the country you intend to visit. You will need to do this plenty of time before you travel. For travel to Europe, most embassies describe the process as taking at least 3 weeks, but this can be longer depending on your nationality and during busy travel periods. To find out if you need to apply for a visa to visit the country you are travelling to, please check the website of the embassy of the country you wish to visit.
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26 European countries participate in the Schengen Visa Scheme. This means that a visitor need only apply for one visa to travel to any number of the Schengen countries in one trip.
It is mandatory to have travel insurance when you apply for a Schengen visa, if you do not have insurance your application will automatically be refused. The insurance cover required for the country you are going will be listed in the documents required for visa section of the application but all must meet the following requirements:
A basic policy for Schengen travel insurance should cover:
The Visaguide.world website provides further information on applying for Schengen travel insurance. Useful websites that provide travel insurance for Schengen applications include: AXA Schengen, MyTravelVisa and the Post Office.
For more information about Schengen visas, please see the UKCISA website and refer to the Embassy websites below. You can also try Schengen Visa Info.