How to apply Schengen visa from Saudi Arabia?

While applying for the Schengen visa from Saudi Arabia, make sure to select the country from where it is easiest to get the visa. There is no need to hire a Schengen visa agent if you follow this process;

Do you need a Schengen visa?

First of all, you should check if you really need a Schengen visa to enter Europe. You can check it very easily through this link. If you need a visa, follow the below steps.

Easiest Schengen visa from Saudi Arabia

Keep in mind that you should apply Schengen visa to the country where you are going to land for the first time. 

Different people have different opinions about the easiest Schengen Visa countries from Saudi Arabia but believe me, none of them is supported by accurate stats. Here is the list available online;

  • Lithuania.
  • Estonia.
  • Finland.
  • Iceland.
  • Latvia.
  • Poland.
  • Slovakia.
  • The Czech Republic.
  • Greece.

Since there are many flights to France from Saudi Arabia, I personally prefer it as the first entry to Europe. In my opinion, it really does not matter which country you apply to.

Requirements

In order to apply for the Schengen visa from Saudi Arabia; you need the following documents. Make sure you have them before starting the application;

  • Passport with 6 months validity.
  • Valid Saudi Iqama.
  • Absher Account.
  • Address of your Employer.
  • Confirmed Airline Booking.
  • Hotel Booking/Address in Schengen Countries.
  • Salary Certificate from the Employer.
  • Bank Statement for last 4 months.
  • Travel Health Insurance.
  • Letter of Invitation for Business Visa.
  • Exit Re-Entry Visa.
  • Previous Schengen Visa stamped on your passport.

Schengen Visa Application

Around 3 months before your expected travel from Saudi Arabia, you should start filling the Schengen visa application;

Step 1: Create your account

  • Create an account here.

Step 2: Your Plans

The system will take you to another page where you need to;

  • Select your Nationality.
  • Place of Submission of Application: Saudi Arabia.
  • City of Submission of Application: Jeddah, Riyadh, or Khobar.
  • Visa Type Requested: Short Stay < 90 days.
  • Main Destination of Stay: France.
  • Enter your passport details.
  • Your Plans: Family or Private.
  • Main Purpose of Stay: Family Visit.
  • Additional Information: Write a brief description of your trip in your language e.g. you want to spend your wedding anniversary in France.

apply schengen visa from saudi arabia - Your Plans

Step 3: Your Identity

On the next step of applying for a Schengen visa from Saudi Arabia;

  • Select your Sex.
  • Select your Marital Status.
  • Write Date of Birth as per passport. 
  • Mentioned the place of Birth as per passport.

apply schengen visa from saudi arabia - your identity

Step 4: Personal Information

While filling in personal information in the Schengen visa application from Saudi Arabia;

  • Enter your address.
  • Country: Saudi Arabia.
  • Do you live in a country other than the country of your current nationality? Yes.
  • Residence Permit No: Iqama Number.
  • Expiry Date: Check Iqama Expiry Date.
  • Issue Date: Check Iqama Issue Date.

apply schengen visa from saudi arabia - personal information

Step 5: Employment Details

At this stage, you need to enter your employment details such as;

  • Current Job: Employee.
  • Sector: Select the sector e.g. manufacturing.
  • Name of the Employer as per Iqama.
  • Address of the Head Office.

apply schengen visa from saudi arabia - employment details

Step 6: Your Last Visa

At this stage, you need to enter the details if you have received a Schengen visa in the previous 5 years from Saudi Arabia or anywhere else;

  • Have you received a Schengen visa within the last five years? Yes/No.
  • Have your digital fingerprints previously been taken in connection with a previous application for a Schengen visa? Yes/No.

Step 7: Details of your Stay

Now enter the planned travel details such as;

  • The planned date of arrival.
  • The planned date of departure.
  • The number of days stay in Schengen countries.
  • The Number of Entries Requested: Multiple.

Step 8: Your Contacts

Now at the final stage of the Schengen visa application submission,

  • Enter the details of where you will be staying.
  • Funding of Travel Cost: MySelf.
  • That’s it, now you can submit the application.
  • Download and Print the application.

Book an Appointment

Now you need to book an appointment with VFS Global Jeddah, Riyadh or Khobar office to submit your Schengen visa application. In order to do that;

  • Create an account: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/sau/en/fra/login
  • Click “Start New Booking“.
  • Visa Application Center: Jeddah, Riyadh, or Khobar.
  • Appointment Category: Short Stay Visa.
  • Sub Category: Tourist Visa.
  • France Visa Registration Number is available on page 5 of the downloaded application.

VFS appointment to apply schengen visa from saudi arabia

France Visa Registration Number

Schengen Visa Fee from Saudi Arabia

  • Schengen Visa fee from Saudi Arabia: SR 503 (164+339).
  • SR 164 for an appointment and SR 339 to the France government.
  • Children up to 12 years just have to pay an appointment fee of SR 164, there is no need to pay the Schengen visa fee for them.

Schengen Visa Processing Time

In order to apply for the Schengen visa from Saudi Arabia;

  • Visit the VFS office on the day of your appointment.
  • Make sure to print the application submitted above.
  • Submit all your documents.
  • Take photographs and biometrics.
  • It normally takes 14 days to process a Schengen visa.
  • You will be handed over with a slip which you need to show at the time of receipt of your passport.

Schengen Visa Countries

If you follow the above-mentioned procedure, you can get visas for the following 26 countries.

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

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.