Take the 2-minute tour ×
Travel Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for road warriors and seasoned travelers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am in UK planning to apply for Schengen visa via French Embassy. The application document requirements for the visa states that you are required to submit:

Proof of Hotel reservation confirmation required from the actual hotels throughout the whole itinerary showing the hotel's full contact details, proof of payment and applicant's name

However I am planning to get the hotel booking done from booking.com as it is convenient and has better offers. Will that be acceptable for visa submission? Is it ok to submit the confirmation from booking.com as long as it states my name and complete hotel details (name, location..)?

share|improve this question
2  
It might be worth mentioning your nationality or the passport you hold. If you are a UK citizen then you have the right to travel/live/work anywhere in the EU without a visa. –  Rich Mar 20 '12 at 11:00

2 Answers 2

up vote 6 down vote accepted

It should be enough. Your confirmation from the on-line booking site would include all the required: it will note that the hotel confirmed the reservation, it will detail the required information about the hotel, and will also include a receipt showing proof of payment. It will also include your name on the reservation, and on the receipt.

The idea is to prevent people from coming in saying "I called the hotel and made the reservation". Showing a paid reservation from a known website would do the trick. Especially if the cancellation policy is restrictive (i.e.: no refunds, for example).

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks for the reply. " will also include a receipt..", actually from a earlier reservation I know that they print all the hotel amount details etc. in the reservation confirmation but don't give anything separate as a receipt of payment.. is that ok –  Pradeep Mar 18 '12 at 9:00
    
@Pradeep they don't give you a receipt at all??? AFAIK in Europe its illegal, they must give you some kind of receipt that should include the VAT paid. –  littleadv Mar 18 '12 at 23:15
    
For prepaid bookings, the confirmation is the receipt. For bookings paid at the hotel, there has been no payment and thus no receipt either. –  jpatokal Mar 19 '12 at 4:19
2  
@jpatokal that kind of confirmation would probably not satisfy the embassy. The requirement is clearly to have a prepaid itinerary. I specifically mentioned that the reservation must be paid in my answer. –  littleadv Mar 19 '12 at 4:55
2  
@littleadv, 90% of hotel bookings I checked don't take the booking money beforehand so they do not give a receipt or VAT. In the email confirmation they send, they mentioned the total amount and the current amount charged as zero. (to be paid when checking in). So I ended up booking directly from a hotel (which still uses the secure booking .com payment framework) and got a confirmation email from the hotel directly. I submitted that and got my visa. Thanks for the suggestion to ensure that all the hotel details are there in the printout. It helped. –  Pradeep Mar 27 '12 at 21:42

An online booking confirmation (usually sent to your email after confirming your transaction with booking.com) is enough. I did this last year. Just be sure to send the details address + contact number of the hotel.

share|improve this answer

protected by Ankur Banerjee Feb 2 '13 at 18:46

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.