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In case, if I get a multiple-entry Schengen visa in one of the embassies in Ukraine, Kyiv - should my first trip be to the country which issued the visa?

Any there any requirements of this sort? Does this condition vary depending on embassy which issued the visa?

What are the possible consequences on not visiting that country first? Does it somehow depend on country where the embassy is (i.e. non-Schengen and not EU members)?

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Other related question: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/9646/… –  Relaxed Oct 20 '13 at 17:02

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Your first port of entry does NOT need to be the country which issued you a Schengen visa. When deciding which country to apply for a visa, this is determined by which country you're spending the most time according to your filed itinerary. Once the visa is issued, it does not matter what country is your point of entry. Technically, you should also stick to your itinerary as filed but I don't think this is checked at any point.

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Technically, you should also stick to your itinerary as filed but I don't think this is checked at any point. Bad advice. There are reports of travelers penalized when the trip didn't match the declared itinerary. E.g. Finland border guards find the hotel bill from Germany on return from Europe and then future visa applications to Finland consulate are denied (for visa abuse). –  ilya n. Jan 15 at 14:30

Practically speaking, while most Schengen countries are quite lax about visas, some are extremely picky.

For example, there are lots of reports that the Finnish consulate in St. Petersburg systematically reprimands local applicants for 'illegitimate' usage of Finnish ME visas for traveling to Europe instead of Finland - sometimes by issuing a warning, sometimes by refusing new visa applications. A number of cases have been reported when holders of Finnish visas were turned back at the border and their visas cancelled when the guards found evidence of their plans to travel further than Finland.

What it all boils down to, is: attitudes vary.

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An excellent real-world report on the real-world Schengen scene. –  Joe Blow Aug 20 '14 at 7:50
As I've said in the other answer, I've also encountered reports about cases when the border guards discover the trip's real destination at the end of the trip. Of course, they still let the culprits out of the Schengen zone, but they create an incident report that complicates future visa applications and border crossings. –  ilya n. Jan 15 at 14:38

I had a multiple-entry Schengen visa issued by the German embassy. My first port of entry by air was Switzerland. I was admitted to enter the Schengen states through that port of entry. I once travelled by road from London to Germany.

I had a German Schengen visa too. My first port of entry was France. I was admitted into the Schengen states through France without being asked for my itinerary.

I think at the port of entry they know that with that visa you are allowed to enter the Schengen states so they will not deny you entry simply because you have sought to enter through a state different from the issuing state. All you need do is explain your circumstances.

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No, but...

As far as my knowledge goes, (and it goes far because I am staying in UK on a visa, so Europe's kinda' my backyard!), when applying for the visa you just have to think one thing:

Which is going to be the most important and longest stay destination of your trip?

That pretty much answers your question. Having said that, common sense prevails from that point onwards. If more than one destination fit the bill, and one of them also happens to be the intended port of entry, then that's where you apply. If even this doesn't solve the dilemma, or things change at the last minute, don't worry, as long as you have a plausible story for applying, staying and dining in three different countries, border control will let you off!

Some others on the wild wild web who think the same:

Plainly put; it makes sense that if you're arriving in Frankfurt, you'd go to the German Embassy for a Schengen visa. Having said that, and when you've got a visa: plans could change and you could decide to arrive in Greece, for example. They dont punish you for doing that!

Your port of entry can be anywhere in the Schengen zone. The pre-requisite of obtaining a Schengen visa via a perticular country, say France, is that France would be the main destination (i.e. where you spend the most amount of time) and it is only if the amount of time is equal with one or more Schengen countries that then it would be the port of entry.

Generally speaking with a Schengen visa, you may enter one country and travel freely throughout the Schengen region during the validity of the visa. Internal border controls are limited with no or few stops and checks.

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Short answer, No.

I did almost the exact same thing in the past. I had a French long stay visa and entered the Schengen Region thru Amsterdam and then traveled to France via Train.

As long as you have a valid Schengen Visa, you should not have a problem at any Schengen port of entry.

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