Can one use CouchSurfing to prove accommodation for a Schengen visa to Iceland from India?
There is nothing in the regulations that prevents an applicant from using a hospitality exchange or social networking for accommodation.
They would treat these arrangements in the same way as if friends were offering you a place, but since they are not real friends, you will need to be a bit careful with how you present your evidence. It means you can't just say 'couchsurfing' on your application; instead you'll need to demonstrate that firm arrangements are in place with each provider and that these arrangements are an acceptable substitute for a personal invitation.
It would be wise to include a 'backup provider' for each place you plan to stay to show that you have a contingency if the planned accommodation is not available or turns out to be unsafe or unlawful or otherwise unacceptable.
Thanks for being very clear the answer was quite helpful indeed Jan 11, 2015 at 5:00
thank you so much for the elaborate explanation gayot fow, but may i ask you how could i present to the officer( custom)?? should i use my phone screenshot the couchsurfing successfully page?? or may i ask you how would you recommend me to do it?? May 3, 2020 at 0:10