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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Should my first trip be to the country which issued my Schengen Visa?

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 ...
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Arriving at night before Schengen visa valid date?

I'll be traveling to Germany this May and my planes would arrive at 4 May 20.30 at Frankfurt Airport but the Schengen visa that I received is valid only at 5 May. Is it possible to enter if it's only ...
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Utili-key “knife” and airport inspection?

I own and carry a Swiss Tech Utili-Key 6-n-1 Multitool: I love it and carry it with me everywhere. My concern is: Would it be officially allowed in cabin (inside Schengen)? If not, what are the ...
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What to do if I lost my passport before flight in another country?

I'm just asking this question for my info. I will be traveling from India to Amsterdam on a short trip. What should you do if you lose your passport or the passport gets stolen (especially in a ...
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Kenyan citizen refused Schengen visa from Sweden

I am a Kenyan citizen. I applied for a Schengen visa, via the Swedish embassy, for visiting friends and family. I got my results today and I was denied the visa. I am a student, I will be done with ...
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About Schengen 90/180 rule

I have searched the web a lot and could not find an answer that fits my situation. Here are two links that are quite contradictory: Schengen visa rejection ...
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I'm on a train to Vienna and I forgot the documents home, what can I do now?

I'm on a train to Vienna from Milan and I totally forgot my ID and passport home. I only have the driving license with me which is not a valid travel document in the Schengen area. I'm pretty sure ...
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Maximum validity of a Schengen visa for multiple visits

My dodgy Colombian friend has a Schengen visa which is valid for 5 years. It is a multiple entry visa but it also says you are permitted 90 days in the Schengen zone. Is this 90 days total in 5 ...
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How can I cross the Atlantic by ship from Europe to New York? (I am not talking about luxury passenger cruise-ships.)

Suppose that: I have both valid US & Schengen visas I am a savvy backpacker with a preference for economical travel I have no fixed schedule to meet. A longer travel time is even better. Any ...
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Do I need a visa to transit in the Schengen area?

I found many related questions on this site but I am still not sure about the rules. How can I decide if I need a visa to transit?
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What does “copy of itinerary” mean when applying for a Schengen visa?

The Italian consulate website says under requirements for a Schengen visa: Applicants for short term visas (up to 90 days) must also present an itinerary of their trip. What does this ...
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Does tourist visa (90 days) apply after a working holiday visa ends in Schengen countries?

I am an Australian currently on a Netherlands working holiday visa that ends in May next year. I would like to know if when my visa ends I then get another 90 days just as a regular tourist visa as I ...
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Does a multiple-entry Schengen visa allow visiting other Schengen countries later, without going via the issuing country?

My wife was just issued a multiple entry visa by France, which is good for one year. Our first trip will be to France, the issuing country. My question is: after we leave the EU and return, must ...
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How could a Washington registered car travel to Zürich?

About three months ago, I went to Switzerland from Germany by car. And when I parked the car in Zürich, I realized that the car (BMW Coupe 3er) that parked beside my car had a non-EU registration ...
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Where can I go with an Irish visa but without a Schengen visa?

I will visit Ireland for training purpose (~10 weeks, single entry short term visa). I am searching for stuff to do and places to visit. I know that Ireland is not part of Schengen states. So, my ...
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Visit the UK with Schengen tourist short-stay visa

I'm Russian, and I have touristic (C-type) Schengen Schengen short stay visa. I want to know, can I stay for some period in UK without getting UK visa, or it is not possible (I heard about 36 hours ...
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Lost passport with Schengen visa

My passport was stolen in Prague on my way to Vienna. I filed a police report and our embassy swiftly acted by giving me a temporary passport for my onward journey to Munich and Rome. Upon exit from ...
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Is Indian food easily available in European countries?

Me and my parents will be visiting several European countries for tourism purposes. I will be visiting the following areas: Paris, Milan, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Innsbruck and Munich. While I ...
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Did Finland's border authorities make a mistake?

I live in Denmark, my friend comes from Korea. Last year on December 21st, she (Korea) travelled here with a transfer in Helsinki airport. She's staying here until January 21st (31 days). Now, last ...
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Long Stay Visit to France Without Visa

I'm planning on living in France for 7 months teaching English, and I'm hoping that my boyfriend will be able to accompany me. After learning that the Long-Stay Tourist Visas are very difficult to ...
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Do I need a visa if I travel from Paris to Amsterdam if I entered as Crew Member?

I am going to Paris for two days visit as a crew member so I won't need a visa to enter France since I am registered in the general declaration (GenDec). Anyway, I have a friend in Amsterdam whom I ...
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Places with cheapest accommodation in Schengen area

A significant part of the costs of traveling is accommodation. In which cities in the Schengen area is it cheapest to find a place to stay? Please assume a double room. I'm interested in answers ...
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Getting passport stamps inside Schengen Area

It is known that passport stamps are a kind of collection for many people. But, inside European Union, we -EU citizens- are allowed to travel without passport, just with our national ID card (if we ...
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Single vs. Multiple entry Schengen visa, for Spain and France?

I am from Egypt and I'm planning a vacation to Spain and France. While filling the visa application, should I choose a single or a multiple entry visa?! If i got a single entry Schengen visa, I still ...
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Schengen Visa from UK

I'm a Russian citizen, but I study in England and have a Tier 4 Student Visa. Can I apply for a Shengen tourist visa here, in England, without going to Russia?
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What type of visa is required for a PhD interview visit to Switzerland?

I am applying to join a research group in a school in Switzerland and after the first round of interviews, I have been invited by the university in Zurich for an in-person interview so that I can meet ...
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Visiting Greece with back-to-back Schengen visas (One from Germany, other from Italy)

I have a Schengen Visa issued by Germany, which expire on 11th Jan 2014, and I can remain in the zone till 11th Jan 23.59 PM. I have already visited Germany in the past with this visa, so I can travel ...
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Denmark and Schengen - border controls

As I know, Denmark is going to re-impose the border controls. I want to know, what exactly it means for the tourists who are on a Schengen visa? Can I visit Denmark with the Schengen visa, or I need ...
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Understanding the reasons for a Schengen visa refusal

I'm 17 years old, Sudanese, and I live in the UAE. I registered for a German course in Munich, and I got an invitation from a family friend who is German and applied for a tourist visa. It got ...
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Does being granted a Schengen visa and not going have any consequences?

I'm granted a one-entry Schengen visa and now I can't go. Will having an unused visa in my travel passport have any consequences like future visas refusal? Do I need to do anything special?
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Why is security screening done at the gate at AMS (Schiphol airport, Amsterdam) in the non-Schengen area?

I've noticed that when taking non-Schengen flights at AMS (Schiphol airport, Amsterdam), there is no centralized security check after you enter the airport and go through passport control. Instead, ...
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Visa for France - showing actual hotel booking?

I am in UK planning to apply for Schengen visa via French Embassy. The application document requirements for the visa states that you are required to submit: Proof of Hotel reservation ...
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Getting a tourist Schengen visa after working visa

Here's my situation. I am currently in France on an internship visa (different than a business and tourist visa) which ends next month. I'm interested in doing some traveling afterwards, ideally on a ...
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No exit stamp on leaving Schengen area from Budapest to UK

I'm a Georgian national holding a multiple entry Schengen visa. Last summer I was traveling to Hungary, spent a few days there, then flew to the UK. The Hungarian border official did NOT stamp my ...
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Extended stay visa for Germany

I want to apply for an extended stay visa for Germany to visit a friend. I want to visit beyond the 90 days that American can visit Schengen countries without going through an application process. ...
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Can I go to Germany with a Schengen visa from another country after failing to get a German visa?

I have to travel to Germany and Switzerland for business purpose. I have already been here 2 years ago. I have applied for business visa to the German consulate twice and both times the application ...
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Is a Schengen visa/transit visa required for transit flight from Vienna to Frankfurt?

I am travelling form Delhi (DEL) to San Francisco (SFO), I have to make a connection flight in Vienna that would take me to Frankfurt (FRA). My flight to SFO is from FRA, I have one ticket for entire ...
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Crossing borders for a couple hours inside the Schengen area with a group of children

I'm a scoutmaster in the Czech Republic and we would like to visit Austria for couple hours with my scout troop (aged 12-16, we're all Czech citizens). Are there any special rules about such ...
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Must I leave the Schengen Area to start a new 6 month period as a Canadian?

I'm a Canadian, which is one of the visa waiver countries for the Schengen Area. I understand the 90/180 day rule is based on your first arrival date, so the 180 day period is calculated from there. ...
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Can i stay to Zurich airport If I reach before my visa starts?

I have a query regarding transit visa. I am a student at the Indian Institute of Technology in Jodhpur, India. I am going to visit Switzerland during this summer as a student trainee. I got my visa ...
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Schengen visa for non-EU spouse of EU citizen

Most of the already posted questions were about traveling between EU countries. In my case I would like to visit Austria with my South African wife. We got married over 20 years ago in Austria, lived ...
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What are the standard border checks when traveling between Warsaw and Berlin by various types of transit

I know that there is always a passport check when traveling by air. Is that the same case when traveling by train, bus, and car?
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From Switzerland to France

I am going from Israel to Grenoble, France. I can go via either the Geneva airport or the Lyon airport. The flight to Geneva is more convenient, but it is in another country. Are there any ...
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Can I ever get a Schengen visa again?

I'm from India and I applied for a Schengen visa to visit Sweden for a duration of 4 days and since I'm 18 years old, to prove my intent to return home after my visit, the Embassy wanted me to submit ...
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I'm Saudi, have got my Schengen visa and I'd like to visit Bora Bora “French Polynesia”?

I am Saudi and got my Schengen visa and i'd like to visit Bora Bora "French Polynesia" for a week or less. Do I need a certain visa to go there or would the Schengen visa be ok? (Note: I applied for ...
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What are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa?

According to law, what are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa? In practice, how likely is one to be penalized for overstaying by a day, 10 days, and a month? Are there ...
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How can I extend my stay in Europe for longer than 90 in 180 days?

I am an Australian citizen and I wish to base myself in Amsterdam for four or five months. As an Australian I get to stay in the Schengen area for a cumulative 90 days in any 180 day period without a ...
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Traveling on back-to-back Schengen visas

I currently have a valid multiple entry Schengen visa that expires on Feb 10th (issued by the Spanish consulate). I need to visit the Czech Republic from Feb 9th to Feb 15th. For this, I am getting a ...
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Which visa will I be entering under?

There was a question about entry into the US on still valid tourist visa with a still valid F visa. Now this begs a different question: If I am a citizen of some country that requires a visa to ...
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Getting Schengen Visa with a French resident as sponsor

I would apply for a 3 week tourist visa to France. I would be sponsored by a French resident who is my boyfriend. Do I still need to submit my ITR, bank certification and statements even though he ...