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Reasons For Schengen Tourist Visa Rejection

A Schengen tourist visa is one of the toughest visas to obtain. Its process is strict and complicated, and the result, totally unexpected. You might have provided everything to your best knowledge but you can never predict what the country embassy you’re applying for your visa with, has in store for you. Some people say that countries like the Czech Republic or Hungary are the safest options and guarantee high approval chances, but as far as I understand, such a factor is less likely to play in anybody’s favour.

So if you’re applying for a Schengen tourist visa, be careful, and avoid the following mistakes to improve your chances. These are the top reasons for a Schengen tourist visa application rejection:

False Travel Documents

One of the recent rejection cases I came across, of a friend, who provided a photoshopped flight itinerary, made me understood that false travel documents are not going to get you a visa. So don’t even try. If you do not have a required document mention it in your cover letter. For example in my case, when I travelled Europe for 58 days, I was asked by VFS to provide a proof of transportation inside Europe during the entire 58 day period. And since I couldn’t, I mentioned that very clearly in the cover letter. I wrote that I didn’t provide the proof of transportation inside Europe because “I will be travelling using interstate buses and trains and my plan will be spontaneous.” Similarly, be clear with what you do or don’t have. Present your visa officer with nothing, but transparency.

If you do not have a required document mention it in your cover letter. For example in my case, when I travelled Europe for 58 days, I was asked by VFS to provide a proof of transportation inside Europe during the entire 58 day period. And since I couldn’t, I mentioned that very clearly in the cover letter. I wrote that I didn’t provide the proof of transportation inside Europe because “I will be travelling using interstate buses and trains and my plan will be spontaneous.” Similarly, be clear with what you do or don’t have. Present your visa officer with nothing, but transparency.

Insufficient Explanation For The Purpose Of Travel And Circumstances Of The Planned Stay

The whole idea of asking you to write a cover letter with your application, mentioning your intention of travel, is to get an idea of What, When, Where and How are you planning your stay in Europe. Write 2 pages or 4, it doesn’t matter, just make sure you convince the visa officer about the purpose of your travel, and that is HOLIDAY! While I applied for my Schengen travel visa, I’d no job, no regular credit history, but I mentioned that clearly. I wrote that I’ve recently started travel blogging after quitting my job.

While I applied for my Schengen travel visa, I’d no job, no regular credit history, but I mentioned why I didn’t, very clearly. I wrote that I’ve recently started travel blogging after quitting my job and so far have been working as a freelance writer. But since my bank account had enough funds to cover my cost of living for the total duration of my travel in Europe, I should be fine to handle my travel costs. Moreover, I’d a return flight ticket and pre-booked accommodation throughout my time in the Schengen territory, which gave the Visa officer an assurance that my sole purpose of visiting Schengen states in travelling.

So be very clear about why you are travelling and what all places, and back them up with as many documents as you can – from transportation to accommodation bookings to everything else in between. Your inability to offer declarations about the purpose of travel and stay can lead to a dismaying rejection.

Inability To Impress The VISA Office

Since the definition is so broad, consider that your application’s outcome depends on the visa consulate’s mood and behaviour. And that’s the problem with Schengen visa. I’ve seen people having their visas rejected, despite having two Schengen visa stamps in their passport already. If your visa officer isn’t convinced that your original intent to visit Europe is travelling only, you cannot guarantee a positive response.


So present a pre-booked accommodation for each destination and each night you’re going to spend in the Schengen Area. Provide a booked return-flight ticket. Have a travel insurance during your time of travel, covering at least 350,000 in Euros. Provide travel tickets for each destination to be toured in the Schengen Area. And if anything is left, make sure you mention that in your cover letter.

Further Reading: Schengen Tourist Visa ProcessTips For Australian Tourist Visa | Australian Tourist Visa Process | Thailand Visa On Arrival | Cambodia Visa On Arrival

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Shortly after my first real nine-to-five job, I left that lifestyle behind, and with it, everything that didn't fit in my backpack. I've learned that this world is too big (and too interesting!) to stay in one place. I believe that with a little courage and inspiration, everyone has the power to follow their dreams. Just as I've followed mine!

6 Comments

  1. Mandeep says

    Hi Dev,

    I really appreciate your blog services and quick reply. For the countries you have suggested, I have seen packages provided by Thomas Cook and other Starting from 71K for 6days package. I would like to ask you that If I do it at my own(as earlier tour to South East Asia I have managed at my own) would it cost more or it would be good to take package from any tour operator.

  2. Mandeep says

    Hi Dev,
    I want to travel 2-3 European countries within budget, for a week only, with my wife. I got southeast Asia travel history. Kindly suggest us the country(s) from with would be easy to get Schenegan Visa. Even got one year child but not taking him with us. Kindly suggest.

    • They all are the same. I don’t think if any country is comparatively lenient than others. But as per what other people say, try Hungary or Slovakia or Czech Republic. For budget, visit Hungary, Slovakia and Austria. If you’ve one week, I’d recommend Prague, Vienna and Budapest – covering three countries and the major highlights, reason being… they’re closer and will save you travel time. Moreover, they’re comparatively cheaper than Western European countries.

  3. I took up your cover letter suggestion when I applied for visa to Hungary along with my sister. She is a first time foreign traveler and guess what? We both got visas! The trip is for November.

    • Hey that’s so great. Glad I’d a chance to suggest a person like you. And know what I so envy you’re visiting Hungary during such perfect time of the year. I’m sure Hungary in Nov-Dec looks magical. Good luck with your trip!

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