Hello! I have the following urgent questions regarding the Schengen visa. I truly hope someone can help me with the answers. Thanks!
My wife and kid will be travelling to Germany and France for 2 weeks (no travel group, purpose is tourism). They will spend slightly longer time in France. Question: can they apply for the Schengen Visa at either the German or French Institutes in Taipei even if the point of entry/exit is Germany? (I read on the German website that this is the case, but I’d be interested if anyone has actually entered a Schengen country from Taiwan on a visa issued by another country than the entry country.)
Since they need to get the visa without any delay, does it make a difference whether they apply at the German or French Institute (in terms of paperwork, speed, requirements, questions asked, etc). In other words: is the visa easier to get at either of the Institutes?
Can anyone tell me what the exact required documents for visa application are? For instance, if I apply for the “French” Schengen visa, do I need to show hotel reservations for the whole stay and in both countries? I assume I need to show them the receipts of the roundtrip flight tickets. But anything else such as bank statements, invitations, household registration, etc?
I guess I can get the answer to my 3rd question by calling the German or French institutes. But if anyone has real life experience that would be helpful, cuz I found there is often a gap between what is said on the phone or internet (even by officals) and what happens in real life.
Probably a long shot to ask here, but if anyone can provide some answers, that would be great. THANKS!