Schengen Visa Information For Nigerians

The Schengen area is constituted by 26 European nations with similar interest and have all come to terms as well as agreed to abolish passport or visa requirements to enter into the common area or any other form of border control within the area. Basically, Schengen is a concept of free movements which entails free entry and exit of any country within the member states.

Budapest Hungary

Thus, if you are travelling from one Schengen country to another, you do not require any visa, immigration controls or any other requirements that was previously mandatory to enter into these countries.

The Schengen Area Member Countries Include:

Austria Belgium Czech republic Denmark Estonia Finland France
Germany Greece Spain Sweden Switzerland Liechtenstein Poland
Hungary Iceland Latvia Luxembourg Portugal Slovakia Slovenia
Iceland Italy Lithuania Malta Netherlands Norway

However, if you are not a passport holder of any of the countries in the Schengen area, (Non-Member), you will require a Visa to enter into any of the countries but of course there are some exception for some countries who will not require any form of visa to enter into any of the Schengen countries.

For Nigerians:

You will require a visa to enter into any of the Schengen countries as well as also a Transit visa if you are transiting through any of the Schengen countries.

Applying for a Schengen visa

The first step is to download the latest application form. This application form has the same format irrespective of the country you are willing to enter in the Schengen area.

Very importantly, you must apply through a particular country and as such there are some specific rules and regulations attached to individual country or embassy which might be slightly different from another country as a result of the reason your application.

Note: The different visa kind attracts different requirements and fee also.

So in compiling your application documents, the final checklist will ultimately be determined by the kind of visa you are applying for.

Types of Schengen Visas

1. Uniform Schengen Visa (SUV): Permits entry into any of the 26 member states for a maximum of 90days every 6 months from the date of first entry. It categories includes A, B, C.

– Category A: Airport Transit visa (Will not permit entry into the country)
– Category B: Transit Visa; Permits entry into more than one schengen countries for maximum of 5 days
– Category C: Short term visa; permits entry into the schengen state by just for the period of the visa validity and this has a sub category which includes:

* Single entry: One time entry
* Double entry: You can only enter twice within the duration of your visa
* Multiple entries: You can enter as many times depending on the duration of your visa

2. Limited Territory Visa (LTV): This type only permits you to enter the country which issued the visa.

3. National Visa: This is mostly the type D visa and is mostly issued for purpose of study or working or in some rare case permanent residence application.

Schengen Visa Application Requirements

1. The application form must be fully completed and signed in the corresponding blanks.
2. One photo is to be attached; the photo must have a passport format, full-face capture, and a light background. The photo must be recently taken.
3. The passport as well as all the copies of your previous visas, valid for at least 3 months prior to your departure is required. The passport must have at least two blank pages.
4. Return air ticket reservation
5. Travel insurance is to be secured, covering any medical emergency with hospital care and travel back to ones native country due to medical motives. This health insurance policy has to cover expenses up to 30,000 Euros.


    • If you are travelling to only one country in the Schengen area, you must apply for the visa in the country’s embassy.
    • If you are travelling to two or more Schengen countries, you will have to apply for the visa for the main destination you are visiting.
    • An Instance where you don’t have a main destination and you just want a random Schengen visa into any of the country in the area, you must apply in the country or embassy that will be your first stop in your travel plan.
    • Furthermore, in a case where the country you are travelling to does not have an embassy in Nigeria, then you will need to locate the embassy/consulate representatives as most of their representatives have the rights to issue the required visas on their behalf.

Meanwhile, the volume of applicants the embassy gets on daily basis, no applicant is guaranteed a visa as issuance of any visa is only at the prerogative of the embassy and for this reason, we suggest you make a refundable travel arrangement so in a case where your visa application is denied, you could get a refund of your flight tickets, hotel accommodation etc if you have already paid for them.

In this case, Travelstart Visa denied policy is the best insurance you will require because should your visa be denied for whatsoever reason, Travelstart will give you a full refund of your flight ticket that you have paid.

Visa Fees For Schengen Countries

Application for entry into the Schengen area states requires a particular fee (visa and service fee) depending on the type of visa. This fee is compulsory and non refundable should in case your application is denied.

Schengen Visa Extension

In a case whereby your visa application is granted and the visa is issued to you, you cannot stay in any of the countries for more than 90 days before you should return to your country of origin. However you could also apply for an extension and this also depends on your reason of stay which could include Medical, Study, Work, marriage etc. If this is the case, you will have to go to the Immigration authority in that particular country with the required documentation and if granted, you will be given the required extension for a particular period of time.

Schengen Visa Explained

Where To Apply For Schengen Visa In Nigeria


VFS Global, Manor House, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way,
(Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway)
Lekki Phase I, Lagos.


Dutch Schengen visa can be applied for at VFS Globa in Lagos or Belgian embassy in Abuja.


Embassy of Finland, Nigeria
9 Iro Dan Musa Street
Asokoro, Abuja

Belgium & Italy

VFS Global, Manor House, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way,
(Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway)
Lekki Phase I, Lagos.

Belgium Visa Application Center, Abuja
38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.
Belgium Website:
Italy Website:


Royal Norwegian Embassy in Abuja
54, T.Y. Danjuma Street,
Asokoro, Abuja, Nigeria

If you have any questions, you can ask them in the “comments” section below:


Want to share your travel stories, photos and experiences with the world? Send it to innocent[at]

Our Readers Comments

  1. How can I get a national visa to Austria and how much will it cost

    • To get a national visa for Austria you will have to apply through their Abuja Office, below is the address if it might help, for the cost.. It all depend on the class of visa your applying for. For more info please feel free to send a mail to dasheduservices at gmail…
      .Austrian Embassy Abuja
      Plot 9, USuma Street

  2. Is it compulsory that you must have good travel history before you ‘ll be given a Scheghen Visa?-Ayo

    • Ay pls how much do i need to get a Scheghen visa? how soon will it be ready? which country will be the entry?

  3. Iam a Nigeria coticen currently un US can i apply from here? And where are those embassy here in USA ?

    • Yes you can apply for a schengen visa from the state if you’re going for visitation and that also depend on the class of visa you are on in the United States if not you need come back home to apply..

      .dasheduservices at gmail

  4. Thanks for the info. You didn’t mention Bank account statement in the requirement you posted for the visa, is it not compulsory or is there any of the countries that don’t require it? Please advise.


  5. Please can my visa be denied after producing all necessary geniun document on the ground that consular not sure one wil return after the duration of stated period in ones application and second how long appeals of a decisions of refusal normally takes for reply.thanks

    • Yes it can be denied if the consular have a reason that you may not return after your duration of stay, and the appeal time frame all depend on the country and the class of visa applied for any further question feel free to mail us at dasheduservices at gmail thank you

  6. Thanks for the information, how about how to obtain us visa and Canadian visa?

  7. l am interested but do not have sponsor and how much will it cost me although am working deeperlife as accountant and wanting to study and work abroad

  8. l need assistant fimancially

    • i will assist you if you come up with some amount

    • With 10k deposit then we can discuss

    • Hi, l once work in France embassy.You dont need all that huge amount of money to get visa as people do.Get your papers right and l will tell you what to do. my email is

  9. Please leave your comment…I need God help to spain or France

  10. Thanks for the information travelstart Nigeria, u are the best. Plz can u assist on the required docment including the insurance and statment of Account, if yes how much will it cost me?

    • yes we can help you get your hotel with receipt at a very reduced rate and we can as well give you health insurance and book you in. contact me alphaxco@gmail,com

  11. Our Company can Help you process Your Schengen, U.k Or U.S Visa.
    Simply Click On My Name Above or visit the link below for more informations.

  12. I want Finland Visa,where can i apply?

    • i have the connection

  13. Visa fee to Finland is how much?

  14. am going north cyprus for study how do i have my visa

  15. I want to travel to canada what are the documents required and how much is the amount involved in processing the visa. Thank you.

  16. please how I register for the visa ti study abroad

  17. Please leave your comment… 3 times now that me & my family av request now , and u are denying us for not any purpose.

    • try contact me and i will inform you what you will do

  18. Can you pls give me a short list of documents that I will need to have to apply for a visa.


  19. We at EDUTECH GLOBAL LINKS VENTURES are a reputable travelling agent. We can help with your applications, statements of account and several assistance to help you get to your country of choice. We are not magicians, we follow true procedure and everything we do is blessed by God’s grace. Give us a call on 08032367189, 08124771175. Thanks for the information travelstart, really on point.

    • I like your sincere comment, yes, you’re not magician” that true. Pls. am hoping to apply to Finland with my wife come Oct. I like to know if you can handle the application. what your office contact? pleas reply today..

      i like to know what particularly you can assist with in my application, i own a run a registered small business with little account statement balance, do you mean you help,… let me know your resposse

  20. Please can i apply for visa to Germany as i have travelled only 3 times to Dubai since last year.

    • Go to Saudi Arabia or Qatar

  21. Please,can you send me the required documents to submit at the embassy for schenghen visa?

  22. Good day good people, traveling isn’t that difficult or expensive as it seems but there are certain requirement one need to fulfil in other to travel, there are certain countries you can travel to without expensive payment, all you need is information and how to go about it, Now that’s what we do at Din travels and Tour.
    After going through the above questions, have then placed it upon my self to give answers to your questions…

    To get a country visa one need to apply for the required class of visa through the country’s embassy in Nigeria.
    Cost of your traveling and application depends on your purpose of traveling and the visa class your applying for.
    Traveling history do help within certain countries such as The UK, US, Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand , but it should be noted that all countries has his/her own immigration laws
    You need statement of account for processing any classes of visa or how do you intend to prove to the consulate that you can finance your trip?

    For further questions feel free to mail dasheduservices at gmail

  23. I learnt that the shengen visa application form for short stay up till 90days in Germany is through VIDEX. Can you please confirm if one can use the general application form or that of VIDEX?

  24. Pls I need Austria visa, how do I go abt it. Thanks!

  25. please email me the Visa Fees For Schengen Countries

  26. kindly advise + helpme to effectively secure schengen visa for france or Amsterdam for holiday.
    its my very 1st int’l trip.

    i hope the visa class i get would enable me visit mutiple schengen location like netherland, spain, belgium and france. my main city of choice is amsterdam or paris.

    kindly advise me i wish i can do this before or by october 2015

  27. I am currently in Abuja can I apply for German visa through Vsf global?

  28. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Please I am a screen printer and am just 21years old and things her not working out for me in Nigeria out all..please how can I get visa and air ticket to any country that I can use my skills to make it in life…I need assistant please!!!!!!

  29. Pls sir.what is d minimum amount i shud hav in my bank account to travel to a shengen country dat d embassy will accept.also hw much is d current minimum air ticket to travel to a shengen country.tanks 4ur swift response

    • i want to travel to any of the Shanghai state to further my education,want to know how much it will cost me to procees my Visa.

  30. pls i am planning to study in either spain or italy what advise do u have me in the area of medical insurance, visa documents and cost?

  31. Great questions from all of us,please sir i humbly wishes to know the cost,requirement,and duration for procuring a luxembourg visa..
    As a matter of fact i have concluded plans to travel to any shengen or European country but my fear is the bank statement and insurance issue to cover your stay there.. please help me on this thank you..

  32. Like how much should I have in my. Acct $ what is the criteria needed to convince them that I would come back to Nigeria

    • Elizabeth, it depends on your duration of stay and visa type amongst other things. Regards.

  33. Travelstart thanks for the information it really help me.i want to apply for France for my 3year wedding anniversary coming up in December when should I start applying November or when.and presently am not working but my hubby is working can I use his bank statement since we’re travelling as a couple.thanks

  34. Can I apply for and receive visa to sweden through vfs global office in Lagos or I would have to go all the way to their embassy on Abuja for that? How long does it take to process typically? Thanks

  35. Please, witch country issues Slovenia visa here in nigeria,
    i have invitation leter to travel for football trial,i dont no
    were to apply for visa as there embassy is not here.Tnx

  36. Gooday, how can i get a Lithuanian study visa since there embassy is not in Nigeria, which of the schengen countries in Nigeria should i apply for the Lithuanian study visa…..please i need your help and guidline urgently on what to do…tnx a lot while i wait.

  37. Please I applied for Belgium visitor’s visa n its almost 50days now that I av applied, I have not gotten my documents back, what I always got is my application is still under processing…Please can you tell me what is causing this huge delay and when am I likely to get my documents back..Thanks

  38. Please leave your comment…I am waiting for my since on the 5th of May I have not received it I I were told that is 15 working days and I have not received any information

  39. i want to apply for luxemburg visa is there anyway i can know the price, is for a visit

  40. I need a assistance in getting a schengen visa,if you can please let me know thanks

  41. Can I travel to Germany form Spain with my shengen visa

  42. I was at the German Embassy in Lagos on August 5th, 2016 for my visa application interview. I do not know if my passport (with the visa) is ready collection. Please, will the embassy contact me if it is ready? If no, when can I go to collect it?
    Thank you

  43. Please I want to go to Netherlands and work and I need the visa within one month. pls can u help?

    • Hi Philip, Thanks for reaching out to us.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  44. I want to apply for a visa to go to Malta. Since malta has no embassy in Nigeria is there a consulate I can apply from?

    Also if you know the contact of the consulate kindly give to me, otherwise please advise

    Thank you

    • Hello Anderson, Malta has a Honorary Consulate in Nigeria located at No. 108, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja Lagos. Official postal address is P.O Box 2688. Email: Phone: 014706009

  45. Can you organize a work visa for America or Canada?

  46. what are they going to ask a traveler on that interview day for a visa, pls help me, i want to travel to Germany for work

  47. please how about Spain

    • Hi Ivy, It’s the same process for all Schengen Visa applications -Innocent

Have something to say...