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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Consequences of overstaying Schengen visa in Switzerland

I overstayed my Schengen visa by 2 weeks when I traveled to Switzerland. The police in Switzerland gave me a paper saying that I will receive a penalty order in one or two months requiring me to pay a ...
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Do I need to supply 3 months salary slips for Schengen visa application?

Do I need to supply last 3 months salary slips to apply for a Schengen tourist visa? I recently registered a limited company and will only receive my first pay at the end of this month. I would like ...
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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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Going to London when not being allowed in the Schengen area

I'm from Brazil, and I've been working in Lithuania for around 4 months (I could stay in Lithuania without a visa for 90 days in a 180-day period). For reasons that are not relevant, I didn't apply ...
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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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Schengen Visa refusal twice - appeal process?

My Schengen visa got rejected twice. I had booked a Honeymoon Package to Europe for 8 days from a travel agent which included multiple European places. The departure being from Mumbai on 28th June ...
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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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Travelling without a visa after passport was stolen

I am a student on a short term Schengen visa in Belgium. Recently, my passport was stolen after which I got a new passport issued by the Indian embassy. This obviously does not have a Schengen visa (...
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What visa should I apply for as an Au Pair?

On June 20 I am backpacking around Europe for almost 3 months with friends and then I will be living in Italy for 3 months as an Au Pair. I am unsure what visa I will need to apply for. Will I need ...
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Travel from Netherlands, stay within Schengen - but with an expired Italian passport

Essentially looking for confirmation of my understanding of travel in and out of the Netherlands, to France (or Austria) for a week, for an EU Citizen (Italian) with an expired (by 2 months) Italian ...
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Schengen visa for UK Banned

I am an Indian Citizen who was working in the UK on a SEGS (Post Study) visa. My HSMP visa was denied as the UKBA were unable to verify the IT Returns document. The time taken for the decision was ...
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Can I carry Homeopathic medicines and uncooked rice to Germany?

I am traveling to Germany. Can I carry Homeopathic medicines and uncooked rice to Germany? Thanks for the answers.. I am traveling from India to celle Germany.. I am used to Indian cuisine.. Is ...
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How to leave UK ASAP? (EEA National, But No Travel Document)

Not planning to return, 17, Polish, no ID, no passport. Need to at least enter the Schengen zone (because it has no checks. - True?) Where most likely can I leave with maybe just driving license or ...
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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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Procedure to take layover in Italy, as non-EU citizen with US visa?

I hold a US Business visa (Indian citizen). I am travelling to the US from India and taking a layover in Italy for two days. So my travel plan is as follows: New Delhi to Rome Will stay in Rome for ...
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Travel from London to Paris or Zurich by train without a Schengen visa

As an Indian citizen, if I travel through train (Eurostar) from London to either Paris or Zurich, would I require a Schengen visa? I am on a trip with family to London. We all want to explore some ...
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Leaving Schengen area the day after the visa expiry due to the transit

My case is a little bit unique, so I haven't found any articles that are closely related to what I want to ask. I'm currently in Germany with the working holiday visa. My visa expires on Feb 7, so I ...
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Schengen visa refusal

I got a multiple entry Schengen visa from 5-3-2011 to 5-9-2011 (valid for 6 months) last year during which I stayed for 42 days out of the allocated 90 days. I again applied for a Schengen visa and I ...
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Getting a passport stamp while walking across a EU border

So I have three different types of passport stamps from my EU travels. One for flying into Frankfurt, one for taking the Eurostar from London to Paris and one for taking a ferry from Dover to Calais. ...
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Schengen visa refused (“threat to internal security […]”): I don't need the visa anymore but want to clear the misunderstanding, what can I do?

I had applied for Shengen visa to attend a conference in Rome but it was refused for the following reason: One or more member state(s) consider you to be a threat to public policy, internal ...
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Need I leave and reenter the Schengen area after my work visa expires to become a tourist?

I am an American citizen living in Poland for 6 months. I arrived in Poland on March 1, 2016 without a work visa (i.e, on a business trip).The count toward my Schengen days began. I received my ...
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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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Is there any way around going to San Francisco to get a German visa?

I need a German visa. I am on a student visa in Seattle. I am an Indian Citizen so I definitely need a visa to enter and I don't want to go down to San Francisco to get a visa, any suggestions what I ...
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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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Visa-free travel: no entry or exit stamp given between UK and French border?

I'm a US citizen traveling through Europe visa-free. I started my trip in Spain and got an entry stamp there. Later, I took the IDBUS from France to the UK and got an exit stamp from France and an ...
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Do I need an airport transit visa for Germany if I have a Schengen visa?

I am an Indian citizen living in the US. I am going back to India to get a H1B visa stamped. I have established that I would require an airport transit visa when I have a stopover in Germany. On the ...
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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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Can I use my Schengen visa for a completely different purpose and entry point?

I am a non-EU national, permanent UK Resident. Recently, my work issued me with a multiple Schengen visa with Norway as the first (main) point of entry. Now I want to go on holidays to Greece - do I ...
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Can I travel to Poland to my husband without a Schengen visa or residence card?

I'm a South African living in Britain with my husband who is Polish. My visa has expired already, and I have not applied for my residence card yet. My husband has travelled to Poland to be with his ...
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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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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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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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Trying to get Schengen Visa for France - is Consulate Appointment Broken?

I'm trying to get a Schengen Visa from my first port of entry, France. I am trying to book an appointment with the French Consulate in SF, and the URL I am using is the following: https://pastel....
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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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Visa-free stays involving paid activity in the Schengen Area - how do they work?

Wikipedia mentions that citizens of certain Annex II countries are eligible to work in some parts of the Schengen area during their short-term stay. However several aspects are not entirely clear: ...
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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 my Finnish Schengen residence permit (issued for work) still valid if I'm no longer employed?

I have a residence permit (Finland), the valid days as per permit card is until June 30, 2016. I de-registered my SSN and moved out of Finland on October, 2015. Now I would like to travel to Germany, ...
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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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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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Which embassy should I apply for my Schengen visa?

I'll be visiting the following cities/countries. And I don't know which embassy I should apply my visa. 4/29-5/1: Santorini, Greece 5/2-5/4: Athens, Greece 5/5-5/6: Naples, Italy 5/7-5/8: Rome, ...
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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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Which embassy will most likely provide a multiple entry Schengen visa?

I have already travelled to schengen area once on a single entry Schengen visa. I am now trying to apply for a schengen visa with the intention of making several short trips to the schengen area. My ...
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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 ...