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Assume that a person (not me, I only hold a single citizenship :) has a double citizenship in countries such as the US, Singapore, Australia, Japan, etc, which are eligible for 90/180 visa-free stays in the Schengen area. Could they officially remain in the Schengen area indefinitely by taking a trip to (say) the UK every 89 days?

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If it was possible, you would also probably need to be a citizen of three countries or stay overnight in the UK, otherwise there would be a day missing after the first two 90-day periods ;-) It is completely legal to leave on the 90th day however. – Relaxed Feb 10 '14 at 10:36
possible duplicate of About Schengen 90/180 rule – Flimzy Feb 11 '14 at 20:46
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No, the logic is quite clear, the rule applies to a person. Having several short-stay visas from the same or from different countries in the area would not help either, the visa conditions (including whether you need one or not) and the duration of stay are two separate things.

Formally, it would however seem possible to alternate between three months in the UK and three months in Schengen area indefinitely, even with only one citizenship and multiple entry visas for each country. But border guards in either the Schengen area or the UK could still become suspicious about the real purpose of your stays.

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But such alternation would require two places to live, two jobs, etc. Being able to stay in a single place with only the occasional 'passport run' would be far preferable. – jpatokal Feb 10 '14 at 12:27
@jpatokal I don't think either are actually possible, I am just detailing the meaning of that rule (which is not the only relevant one, incidentally). Using this to work would be forbidden in any case. If you don't care about doing things legally (which was the question), then staying in one place is obviously easier… – Relaxed Feb 10 '14 at 12:54
@jpatokal The rules are specifically designed to prevent living in the area with "only the occasional passport run". – DJClayworth Jul 3 '14 at 17:46
Sure. It's just quite hard to prevent that when the person in question has two completely valid yet different passports. – jpatokal Jul 3 '14 at 22:33

Legally, no, the rules are for a single person.

Practically speaking, you could probably get away with it though, because visas and databases assume that passport equals person -- although if anybody ever does get suspicious, it wouldn't take long for them to figure out that there's a clone with the same birth date and biometrics.

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Don't quite understand your logic. Also, I have no inside knowledge of these databases but this does not correspond to what I know about them. I am not aware of a global database logging all entrances and exits in the Schengen area and the only one that is supposed to contain biometrics is the VIS (i.e. it's for people who require visas, not other third-country nationals). I also believe the SIS is typically searched by name/alias, not passport number. Do you know anything about all that? – Relaxed Feb 10 '14 at 10:12
The person in question is eligible for visa-free entry according to the 90/180 days rule. Even if traveling on two passports clearly violates the rules, I am pretty sure that there is no way to detect violations. There is e.g. currently no centralized Schengen register for visa-free entry/exit records for individuals. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Feb 10 '14 at 10:16
Finally, the main Schengen-related database, the SIS, should be queried for every entry of a third-country national so, to the extent that it contains something relevant, having several passports or not raising any suspicion would not necessarily be enough to evade detection. – Relaxed Feb 10 '14 at 10:33
Many Schengen countries have their own national databases of entries and exits, which presumably allow searches.… – jpatokal Feb 11 '14 at 10:35
If they were entering via different Schengen countries every time, they can't. But somebody using this in real life would presumably be doing it to return to the same country repeatedly, and that country might be able to catch them. – jpatokal Feb 11 '14 at 21:38

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