Europe is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Europe covers about 10,180,000 square kilometers (3,930,000 square miles), or 2% of the Earth’s surface. Europe is the world’s second-smallest continent by surface area, covering about 6.8% of the Earth’s total land area. Europe is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of nearly 750 million or about 10% of the world’s population as of June 2022.
European Countries and Visas
Individuals who wish to travel to Europe for business, pleasure, or study purposes may need to apply for a visa. A Europe visa allows foreign nationals to enter the Schengen Area, which comprises 26 European countries that have abolished passport and immigration controls at their mutual borders.
To be eligible for a Europe visa, applicants must have a valid passport, a recent photograph, and proof of travel insurance. They must also show proof of sufficient financial means to support their stay in Europe, as well as a return ticket or onward journey booked.
There are different types of Europe visas, including Schengen visas, national visas, and residence permits. The type of visa required depends on the purpose and duration of stay.
Schengen visas are the most common type of Europe visa, and they allow foreign nationals to stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days. Learn more about visas and permits to visit any country in Europe.