For my trip across Europe, I will be applying for a double-entry Schengen visa with a validity of 34 days since my itinerary goes like this (in the same sequence):
- Depart from Mumbai (where I live)
- Milan, Italy (4 days) - Enter Schengen
- Budapest, Hungary (5 days) - Schengen
- Zagreb, Croatia (2 days) - outside Schengen
- Dubrovnik, Croatia (4 days) - outside Schengen
- Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina (3 days) - outside Schengen
- Kotor, Montenegro (3 days) - outside Schengen
- Brussels, Belgium (6 days) - Back to Schengen
- Paris, France (7 days) - Finally exit Schengen to go back to Mumbai
I will be applying to the French consulate in Mumbai for a French visa (since I will be spending maximum amount of time in France - though there is a break in the Schengen journey and France is in the second part of my trip). My interview at the French consulate is in four days.
However, reading through some of the threads here on Stack Exchange, my trip might be constituted as two separate trips (though I am not returning to my home country and the amount of time in non-Schengen is 12 days).
Do I stand a risk of being rejected for the double-entry Schengen visa?
All the accommodation bookings have been already done done and I have spent in excess of 3000 USD in making all flight bookings, hotel bookings etc. (throughout my entire itinerary) so I am in quite a bit of a conundrum about what to do.
As for my travel history, I have already received a single-entry Schengen visa twice in the last three years but never a dual-entry Schengen visa.
- Do you think applying to the French Consulate is the right thing here?
- What are my other options?
- What are the possible outcomes of my current plan of applying to the French Consulate?
- What should I do to maximize my chances of getting a dual-entry visa?
Another important point: I will be going on this trip with my wife (also an Indian citizen) who has never been to a First World country before. I will be completely sponsoring the trip for her and have the relevant funds to show for the trip as well as our marriage proof. There is still 1.5 months left for our trip to commence so I can look at all possible options here however I want to keep my financial losses to a minimum since all my internal flight, hotel bookings are non-cancellable.
Update: Got the visa today in one day! Submitted strong financial statements of €6,000+, detailed itinerary with hostel bookings for each day of the stay along with sponsorship proof for my wife. Despite asking for a dual-entry visa we both got a multi-entry visa valid for three months. Thank you all to those who helped !