What does Proof of accommodation mean to the visa consulates ?
The Visa consulate wants proof of accommodation before you apply for visa application. Having a solid proof of accommodation helps the consulate determine 1 thing:
Do you have enough money to cover for all your expenses abroad ?
If you want to read the official statement, here it is
So proof of accommodation is used by the consulate know if you can sustain yourself in Europe for the duration of your stay
Can booking.com be used as proof of accommodation ?
Short answer YES,
If you are sure of using the same hotel once you get your visa, then by all means use the booking as a valid proof of accommodation. But it is not the safest option if you know you would be cancelling that booking once you get your visa.
Although some of the bookings on booking.com have free cancellation options, many hotels can still hold a “pre-authorisation” amount on your card which can be anything between €50 to €2000. And even if you cancel the hotel booking in 10 minutes it would take at least a month for that amount to be released back to your card.
It is not as risk free as it sounds.
Accepted proof of accommodations
For Schengen visa, your proof of accommodation can be anyone of the following,
Hotel room booking
Hotel/hostel vouchers ( including airbnb arrangements made online)
A fully organised tour operator or holiday tours
An invitation letter from the host including a copy of their passport of the one sponsoring your stay in Europe.
Proof of accommodation for an unplanned trip
If your trip involves just one country where you visit your grandma or you are part of a packaged tour then it makes sense to make all your bookings in advance. But what if you are after the backpacker experience where you want to travel unplanned ?
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How can you get proof of accommodation without using your own credit card ?
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Sponsor letter for Schengen visa
If your accommodation will be covered by a person who is living in the country where you expecting to stopover in Schengen Area then you need to attest to the diplomatic office of the relevant country having a proof or letter of sponsorship accommodation. The invitee’s letter must have his signature as well as must be approved by the local town hall or an officer.
Proof of accommodation letter from a person who is residing in the country you intend to visit.Please note that this needs to be signed and approved from their local town hall or an officer. Below a sample of how a accommodation proof for visa application would look like
your invitee would need to create a proof of accommodation letter like the one above and get it approved by a town hall. There are some countries ,especially in Europe where one needs to attach stamps close to $30. This needs to be confirmed with the town hall.
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this is indeed very problematic when you don’t know your travel plans before hand. The visa consulate does not even consider the possibility that you would want to just backpack and experience the country and may just want to go where the travel takes you.
However the visa consulate expects you to present hotel reservations for your entire stay even if you plan to take a backpack trip for 3 months. Hell, at one time one of our customers had rented a camper van to travel around Iceland with 3 of his friends ,he had a hard time convincing the visa consulate that a proof of accommodation is not needed since he would be staying in the van.Finally he gave up and decided to approach us for hotel reservations for visa purpose only and got visa for himself and his friends.
Another problem with making all your hotel reservation and flight booking for visa is that each country expects you to have a minimum “per day” amount that you will need to have in your bank as proof of your financial sustenance when you travel across their country. This amount can be as little as $30 per day or go as high as $300 per day. This is again country specific and you can find the official information for all the European countries minimum per day amount here.
Now if you decide to get all your hotel and flight bookings done before applying for visa then you need to make sure that you have the above mentioned per day money in your bank account . This is not easy if you don’t have a lot of money in your account, especially for stays exceeding a month.
Fortunately, you can get both hotel reservations as well as flight itineraries for visa application without depleting your bank balance. This article shows you how you can do that.
Proof of accommodation would mean a concrete confirmation such as hotel reservations, hostel reservations, invitation letter from a solvent person residing in the visiting country, or a sponsorship from a company/university stating that the applicant has made arrangements for his stay for the number of days as mentioned in his visa application.There can be several proofs that you can submit as proof of accommodation for your visa application
- Hotel or hostel booking confirmations .Hotel and hostel bookings should be made for your entire stay.
- Proof of accommodation letter from a person who is residing in the country you intend to visit.Please note that this needs to be signed and approved from their local town hall or an officer. Below a sample of how a accommodation proof for visa application would look like
your invitee would need to create a proof of accommodation letter like the one above and get it approved by a town hall. There are some countries,especially in Europe where one needs to attach stamps close to $30. This needs to be confirmed with the town hall.