The Schengen Visa Sticker
A Schengen visa sticker is attached to the passport. This is the reason why candidates need to have at least three blank pages in their passports when obtaining a Schengen visa.
Many applicants find it difficult reading the Schengen visa sticker in their passports.
If you have been issued a Schengen visa, there are several essential details on the visa sticker. Ensure you read carefully the following article to have a better understanding of the labels attached to a Schengen visa.
A Schengen visa has information in three languages: English, French and German.
Countries the visa bearer is authorized to enter
A Schengen visa sticker contains information on the countries its bearer is authorized to visit. The phrases «VALID FOR», «VALABLE PUR» and «GULTIG FUR» are written before the name of the territory you are authorized to enter. If besides those words are written <<ETATS SCHENGEN>> or <<SCHENGEN STATES>>, then it indicates that the visa is valid for all Schengen countries, and the visa bearer can travel to each of them, once inside the territory.
Additionally, the letters A, B, CH, CZE, D, DK, E, EST, F, FIN, GR, H, I, IS, LI, L, LT, LVA, M, N, NL, P, PL, S, SK, SVN – are acronyms for the Schengen states where the visa is valid, and they stand for:
A – Austria
B – Belgium
CH – Switzerland
CZE – Czech Republic
D – Germany
DK – Denmark
E – Spain
EST – Estonia
F – France
FIN – Finland
GR – Greece
H – Hungary
I – Italy
IS – Iceland
L – Luxembourg
LT – Lithuania
LVA – Latvia
M – Malta
N – Norway
NL – Netherlands
P – Portugal
PL – Poland
S – Sweden
SK – Slovakia
SVN – Slovenia
If some of the listed acronyms of the names of these countries i.e. <<S, M, N, NL, P, PL>> then this indicates the visa bearer is authorized to enter only Sweden, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal and Poland.
Label <<name of country>> – indicates that the visa is valid only for the respective territory, and its bearer is not authorized to move to the other states of the Schengen zone.
Schengen Visa Sticker Validity
Next to the labels <<FROM>>, <<DU>> and <<VOM>> indicates the first day the visa bearer is authorized to enter the Schengen zone, however, the labels “UNTIL”, “AU”, and “BIS” indicates the last day when the visa bearer will have to depart from the Schengen.
Number of Entries
The label “NUMBER OF ENTRIES”, “NOMBRE D’ETNREES” and “ANZAHL DER EINREISEN” indicates the number of times a person is authorized to enter the Schengen zone.
Label <<MULT>> – indicates that the bearer is permitted to enter more than one time in the Schengen zone, as long as they do not overstay their authorized period.
Label <<1>> – This means that the holder is permitted to enter only once in the Schengen zone.
Label <<2>> –This indicates that the holder is permitted to enter twice in the Schengen zone. And so on.
Duration of stay
Label “DURATION OF STAY”, “DUREE DE SEJOUR” and “DAUER DES AUFENTHALTS” and immediately beside it is the words “DAYS”, “JOURS” and “TAGE” indicates the number of days an individual is authorized to remain in the Schengen area within the given Schengen visa validity.
The labels “TYPE OF VISA”, “TYPE DE VISA” and “VISA TYP” indicates the type of visa the visa bearer have obtained which may be:
Label «A» – indicates the visa type A- Airport visa, which does not authorize the bearer to pass the “international airport zone”.
Label «C» – indicates the visa type C – or short-stay visa, that does not authorize the bearer to stay more than 3 months in the Schengen zone.
Label «D» – This indicates the visa type D – or long-term visa, which authorizes the bearer to stay for more than 3 months.
The details of the visa issuer & date of issuance
The label “ISSUED IN”, “DILIVRE A” and “SUGESTELLT IN” is written next to the name of the city where the embassy or consulate that issued the visa is located.
The label “ON”, “LE” and “AM” – indicates the date when the visa is issued.
The details of the visa bearer
Label “NUMBER OF PASSPORT”, “NUMERO DE PASSEPORT” and “NUMMER DES PASSES” – indicates the passport number of the visa bearer.
Label “SURNAME, NAME”, “NOM, PRENOM” and “NAME, VORNAME” – indicates the name and surname of the visa bearer.
Label “REMARKS”, “REMARQUES” and “BEMERKUNGEN” indicates the purpose of the visa.