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Visa to Schengen for kids in 2021

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This is quite understandable since until 2010 in individual states of the Schengen Commonwealth there were their own rules regarding the registration of children’s papers. But after the adoption of the new permitting code, the process of paperwork for the departure of the little inhabitants of the planet to all states of the Schengen Commonwealth has become the same type, and nothing will change in 2021.

A general list of documents for a Schengen visa for children

The list of documents required to obtain a Schengen visa for a child is two-thirds the same as for an adult. I will first list them briefly, and then I will analyze each in more detail.

  • Visa application form
  • International passport
  • Birth certificate / civil passport
  • Photos
  • Health insurance policy
  • Sponsorship letter
  • Flights, hotel voucher

Schengen visa application for children

The application for a Schengen visa for children is filled in by the parents/guardians and signed by them. I described how to fill out a Schengen visa application form in a separate article, there is also a video there. Here I will list the main nuances. The questionnaire is filled in:

In English or the language of the country where the application is being submitted to the consulate.

Computer or handwritten, but in block letters only. Columns, the filling of which differs from the questionnaire of an adult.

  • Clause 19 “Professional activity”

Student, scholar

  • Clause 20 “Address and telephone number of the employer”

For the student, the address and telephone number of the educational institution in which he studies, in other words, the contact details of the school/gymnasium, are indicated.

  • Clause 33 “Applicant’s expenses”

For minors, the name and surname of the parents are indicated.

  • Clause 37 “Signature of the applicant”

Let us remind you once again that one of the parents puts the signature for a minor.

Foreign passport of a minor

The requirements are the same as for an adult’s passport:

  • Valid for minimum 3 months after the expiration of the visa
  • 2 blank (blank) pages,
  • No additional covers.

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Also, do not forget to make a copy of the main page of your passport. Minors under 14 years of age can apply for a Schengen visa with the passport of one of the parents. For this, the child’s data must be entered into it and his photograph must be pasted.

Important! It happens that the planned trip coincides with the child’s 14th birthday, that is, it does not come out on time to issue a general passport. Then you need to submit documents for this passport, take the relevant certificate and attach it to the set of documents for a visa.


Medical insurance for a minor

Requirements for an insurance policy as for adults:

  • Minimum coverage € 30,000 or $ 50,000.
  • Valid in all Schengen countries.
  • No franchise.


Flights and proof of stay

Documents for a Schengen visa for a child include documents confirming the purpose of the trip, which include round-trip tickets (for plane or train), as well as a voucher for a hotel reservation or an electronic booking with the name and surname of the guests.

Besides, a certificate from the school signed by the responsible person must be attached to the set of documents. These are cases when a trip abroad is planned in a non-vacation period.

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