An agreement among many European countries whereby the borders between them may be crossed without border formalities but for which citizens of various other countries need an overall visa.

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Can I have multiple Schengen visas for future travels in my passport?

I'm a citizen of Ukraine planning on visiting Italy early in October for tourism. Later that month I'm accepted as a speaker at the conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Both countries are members of ...
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Travel to Germany with a Finnish residence permit (Type B Student)

Can I travel with a Finnish residence permit (Type B Student) to Germany before entering Finland for the first time? I am from Iran and I want to visit my uncle for 10 days.
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My visa period start on arrival, would they let me get into the plane?

I have a question, I applied for the Schengen visa through Germany, on the form they ask me when I'd arriving (to Germany) and when I'd returning. they take this exact date as the visa period. I ...
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Visiting Andorra from Barcelona

Can I go to Andorra for few days while visiting Barcelona with a multi entry tourist Schengen visa issued from the embassy of Spain in Egypt? Or do I need a letter?
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Schengen overstay fee, which Schengen country will impose fine?

I am entering Germany just to connect to flight to Italy. Counting from day of entry Nov 7 into Germany and departure date from Italy Feb 6, I count 91 days. I did not know 90 day limit rule. Called ...
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Staying in Europe (Schengen and non-Schengen) for one year

I am an Indonesian passport holder. I have a multiple entry Schengen visa, duration of stay: 90 days, valid for 2 years, issued by the Dutch embassy on November 2014 (valid until November 2016). I ...
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Which consulate should issue me a Schengen visa if I transit through several Schengen states?

I am an Iranian citizen holding a U.S. permanent resident card (Green Card). My itinerary is as follows: Los Angeles – Frankfurt – Vienna – Tehran Apparently I need a visitor visa due to the fact ...
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How to procure a Schengen visa for a Thai boyfriend

Preamble. I am a Russian engineer and I have had a Thai boyfriend for 9 years now. I live in Russia because there is no good job for me in Thailand (and I find Thai climate too hot for a permanent ...
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Schengen overstay penalty / effect on next Schengen visit?

I have been visiting Denmark with my C type tourist visa which was valid from 21.09.2014-21.03.2015 multiple entry and duration of stay 90 days. I didn't know about the 90/180 day rule so without ...
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Overstaying Schengen Visa for 1 day

I was in Germany last September, my visa said I had 14 days to stay in the Schengen area. When I was leaving back for Egypt the passport control officer noticed that I was leaving on the 15th day. I ...
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Can an over-stayed stamp from one country affect my abillity to travel to other countries?

I overstayed in South Africa for a week and got this ugly stamp in my passport which bans me from entering South Africa for a year. Now I want to travel to Italy, Paris and London for 2 months (in ...
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Why did I receive a Schengen visa valid for only 15 days during a one month period instead of 30 days within a 3 month period?

I am traveling to France from England for a duration of 5 days, however, three weeks later I travel to Budapest and other countries as part of a tour and require a valid Schengen visa as I hold a ...
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Traveling from Bulgaria to Turkey by bus, Visa on arrival?

Turkey grants visa on arrival for Schengen visa holders. I'm guessing this should be at all entry ports, including roads. Just wanted to confirm that if I'm travelling by bus with a valid Schengen ...
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Is it allowed to carry “a knife” or “a pepper spray” while traveling by road in the Schengen area as a woman?

Can a solo female traveler carry a knife or pepper spray to be able defend of herself when she is on the road or when hitchhiking, or it is illegal?
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Can a US citizen entering the EU in Germany travel through Switzerland without further ado?

My girlfriend is a U.S. citizen and I'm taking her on a trip through Germany (I'm German). She will enter the EU at Frankfurt airport as a tourist. During our trip, we want to go to Lake Constance, ...
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What to do if you need to fly in the Schengen area and lose your ID card?

A friend recently got her ID stolen while she was in the Netherlands. She will soon need to fly to her home country Italy, but she doesn't know what to do. What can one do in such a situation? As far ...
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Where can I find information about the company reference letter requirement for a Schengen visa?

I am planning to visit Europe this year and confused about Company reference letter requirement for Schengen visa. For example, This is what I found in Netherland Embassy website "documents ...
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Train passport control from London to Paris

I'm a non-EU citizen, I will be travelling from London to Paris next month, so I was wondering since most countries track entry and leave dates, if I use the train to switch these countries and they ...
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Does applying for a multiple entry Schengen visa instead of a single entry the first time hurt my chances of a visa getting granted?

While applying for a Schengen visa, an option is given to choose between a single entry visa or a multiple entry visa. There isn't any published policy on this, but if it's the first time time I'm ...
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Use of unused Schengen visa to travel to Switzerland

I am Indian national residing in UK and have been issued Schengen visa by Norway Embassy which is Type 'C', multiple entry and expires on 21st oct 2014. Unfortunately I have never used this visa to ...
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Airport transit in Amsterdam

I am planning to go to Gerrmany and going to book a ticket soon. I want to fly from Jakarta to Stuttgart with KLM, I'm wondering if I need to take my baggage and re-check it during my transit in ...
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Schengen visa refused from German embassy

I am Sri-Lankan staying in Bangladesh working in well established company in Bangladesh. I, my wife and two kids applied for Schengen visa from German embassy in Dhaka. I got only sponser letter from ...
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Schengen visa requirements and “validation”

As an Indian citizen there are a bunch of requirements to get a Schengen visa. Some of them are: A reserved ticket (please do correct me if I am wrong) and confirmed hotel reservations. Now, if I ...
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After a 90-days stay at France within 180 days, can I still visit Croatia?

I have heard the 90 days limit in Croatia is counted separately and am not sure if it is true. Where can I find the official description?
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US Citizen: 90/180 Schengen Stay & Bilateral Agreements w/Poland, Denmark, etc

I'm a US citizen on an extended trip in Europe. So far, I've been very careful with the 90/180 rule. At no point in any 180 days have I stayed more than 90 days in the Schengen area; my "gap months" ...
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Schengen visa application rejected because my US visa stamp expires in December. What are my options?

I went to the Italian consulate in Washington, DC today and they would not accept my visa application because they said my US visa stamp cannot expire less than 3 months after the end of my trip to ...
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Can airlines deny boarding if my port of entry is different than the country issued schengen visa?

Few days back I did a Europe tour from India. As stated by many (I haven't confirmed official documents), I can apply for a visa from the country which is either my first port of entry in this case ...
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Will this be considered sufficient proof of onward travel?

I'm from Singapore and planning a tour of Europe, landing at Paris and taking a train around several Schengen countries before departing at Rome. If I buy a one-way Singapore-Paris ticket and another ...
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How to calculate stays against 90/180 visa rules?

Some destinations have a "90/180 rule" which says you can come and go but you must not spend over 90 days out of any 180 days in the area. A recent question asked by a new contributor concerns this ...
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Travel from the UK to Finland with a Spanish Schengen visa

I have a Spanish Schengen visa. I am now In Spain and I will go soon to the UK, and then I'm planning to go to Finland, Does a multiple entry visa allow me to go from the UK to Finland rather than ...
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Schengen visa - worried about being refused

I am an Indian who studies in the US, and am planning to visit France/Italy. I've applied for, received and travelled to Schengen zone 4 times in the past (as a minor) without incident. During my ...
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Proving ties to your home country when applying for a German visa as a non-employed Russian citizen

A friend from Russia (Moscow) is planning to visit me in late August. She is about to apply for a visa but she's worried that they will deny her application because she doesn't have anything to prove ...
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Single trip to conferences in two Schengen countries with one visa?

I am Ukrainian and currently considering if trying to stack attending two professional conferences under one visa is great optimization or crazy talk. :) Conferences will be on consecutive weekends ...
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Must I enter Europe with Schengen visa from the country where I applied?

If I applied for a Schengen visa from "country A" and I got the visa but I had some commitments in "country B" and I have to finish it before going to Europe should I get back to "country A" to travel ...
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Can I get a Schengen visa after being deported from the UK 3 years ago?

I'm an Indian national. I was holding a Tier 4 students visa in UK for 2009 to mid of 2011. I was removed to India on working excess of permitted hours, a breach of section 10(1)(a) of the immigration ...
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STATI Schengen : What does it mean

I am going to Europe for my honeymoon. My entry and exit is from Rome. My Visa says Stati Schengen, Type C. I understand Type C is for short term travel. Can anyone help me understand Stati means ? ...
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Can I travel to Switzerland with EU ID?

I know, that Switzerland and Liechtenstein are not members of EU. However, they are members of Schengen. Schengen rules remove all internal border controls between member countries. If I travel to ...
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Is it easier/cheaper for an Indonesian with UK residency to obtain a tourist visa for Bulgaria, Romania, or Schengen?

A friend of mine who is a citizen of Indonesia with UK residency (but not citizenship) would like to meet up with me somewhere with a cheap undeveloped beach. (I'll be hitchhiking from Georgia.) The ...
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Schengen air travel confirmation and private aircraft

One of the requirements for the Schengen visa is for the applicant to present confirmed travel arrangements, most commonly air travel. This is usually done by booking a ticket and printing out the ...
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Schengen Visa : What does the information mean?

Recently I have got a Schengen visa with this information : Visa validity : 7-7-13 to 7-12-13 Duration of stay : 90 days Number of entries : multiple Visa category : C . Can anyone please explain ...
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Schengen countries with special provisions for additional stay by US citizens

Some countries, like Denmark, have a special provision allowing US citizens to enter the country for 90 days within 180 days regardless of other stays in the Schengen area. I heard this is true for ...
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Are the tax return document mandatory for a Schengen visa?

I am applying to the French embassy for a one-month Schengen visa. For proof of sufficient means, I have my bank statement (with slightly over $7000) and monthly pay slips (of about $1500). The ...
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My father's family Schengen visa (including me) got refused, will this affect my ability to get a visa on my own?

My family and I applied for a Schengen visa (our intention was tourism but it was a business visa) last June and it got refused because my dad applied for a visa at the French embassy (it was a ...
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What should I do to apply for a Schengen visa without income tax return?

I would like to apply for a Schengen visa to travel to Florence, Italy between 30th June to 8th July where I will be attending EuroPython. My request for the grant has been approved by EuroPython ...
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Applying for Schengen Visa in Seattle?

Has anyone applied for Schengen tourist visa from Seattle? I don't want to travel to SFO to apply for the visa. Is there a easy way to get the visa from Seattle? I am planning to travel to Italy and ...
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Traveling to France before date of the long sejour visa

I would like to travel to France before the starting date of my long sejour visa. I thought it will be no problem since I can travel to the Schengen only with my passport without asking any permission ...
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Can I get a Schengen visa to visit Estonia if previously my German visa was refused?

The case is I've studied in Germany for one year, but when I went back home airport security stopped me. There was a problem with my student visa - it should have been for a year, but somehow embassy ...
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When applying for a Schengen visa, how do I prove that my employer/company will pay all my costs?

I'm Filipino by nationality and have been working in Saudi Arabia for more than 3 years. I've already started working on the requirements for getting a Schengen visa. The company/employer will be the ...
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Can I use an Emergency Passport as proof of identification within Schengen before travelling back to the UK?

I am a British national living in Spain and my passport is either lost or stolen. I noticed this two days ago when I was intending to take a trip to Salzburg. As it happens, I managed to travel using ...
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Do you need to be at the airport as a writer of declaration of guarantee for a Schengen visa?

For a family member to apply for a Schengen visa, I provided an official declaration of guarantee. Now I appear to be traveling myself when my family member enters Schengen, so I won't be able to ...