Supporting documents to verify the fulfilment of entry conditions

The documentary evidence to fulfil entry conditions may include the following:

1. for business trips:

- an invitation from a firm or an authority to attend meetings, conferences or events connected with trade, industry or work;

- other documents which show the existence of trade relations or relations for work purposes;

- entry tickets for fairs and congresses if attending one;

2. for journeys undertaken for the purposes of study or other types of training:

- a certificate of enrolment at a teaching institute for the purposes of attending vocational or theoretical courses in the framework of basic and further training;

- student cards or certificates for the courses attended;

3. for journeys undertaken for the purposes of tourism or for private reasons:

supporting documents as regards lodging:

- an invitation from the host if staying with one,

- a supporting document from the establishment providing lodging or any other appropriate document indicating the accommodation envisaged;

- supporting documents as regards the itinerary:

confirmation of the booking of an organised trip or any other appropriate document indicating the envisaged travel plans;

- supporting documents as regards return:

a return or round-trip ticket.

4. for journeys undertaken for political, scientific, cultural, sports or religious events or other reasons:

invitations, entry tickets, enrolments or programmes stating wherever possible the name of the host organisation and the length of stay or any other appropriate document indicating the purpose of the visit.

Source: Annex I to Regulation (EC) No. 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code)