Family members of EU/EEA/Swiss nationals

Please be informed that family members of EU/EEA/Swiss nationals covered by Directive 2004/38/EC enjoy certain privileges when applying for a Schengen visa.

You will benefit from a simplified and accelerated visa procedure, including exemption from the visa fee, as long as you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a family member (this includes a spouse, registered partner, child who is under 21 or a depending family member) of an EU/EEA/Swiss national (or of his/her spouse/registered partner), AND
  2. That EU/EEA/Swiss national has exercised his right under the said Directive to reside in another Member State than that of his own, or is travelling there to take up residence or visit for tourism purposes, AND
  3. You are accompanying or joining the EU/EEA/Swiss national.

You will be asked to demonstrate that you meet all three of the above criteria when you submit your visa application.

The application may be submitted to VFS Global or directly at the Embassy, whichever is more convenient. There is no need for prior appointment at the Embassy, just appear during our opening hours, Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm.