A cover letter is one of the requirements when applying for a Schengen visa at the French embassy. In the letter, you’re supposed to explain the purpose of your trip and your proposed day-to-day itinerary. If you’re applying for a visa and you need some ideas for what to say in the letter, how long the letter should be, et cetera, here’s what my 2011 cover letter looked like:
The itinerary in this letter is only an overview; I submitted a more detailed one as an attachment.
A sample cover letter is included in our Schengen Visa Pack. Other incredibly helpful contents include:
- A sample Affidavit of Support, which you can use if someone else, like your parents or your boyfriend, is paying for your trip
- A detailed itinerary template, which includes a budget column to help you prove financial capability for your trip
- Tips and things you need to know about “show money” requirements for visas
You can learn more about how to get the Schengen Visa Pack HERE. (We accept payments through Cebuana Lhuiller, PayPal, and BPI deposit/transfer, so it’s very easy and convenient.)
The checklists inside the Schengen Visa Pack are based on the official checklist of the Italian embassy but most Schengen countries have similar requirements anyway so I’m sure you will find them helpful, even if you’re applying at the French or another embassy. (Do make sure that you check with the official embassy/VFS/VIA websites for any new/special requirements they might have.) The sample cover letter, the itinerary template, and the sample Affidavit of Support can definitely be used for any Schengen country.
Good luck and happy travels!