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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Why did airport security swab my hands with wet paper?

Before entering a commercial plane, I had to go through the usual security check at Prague airport (PRG). When I passed the metal detector, it went off. I assume it was because I forgot to take off my ...
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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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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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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 do the intra-Schengen border controls - reinstated in September 2015 - change?

In September 2015, some countries of the Schengen area decided to put border controls back in place. It might not last, it might happen again in the future, but I am curious about the changes this ...
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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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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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Why does Ryanair check non-EU passengers' visas on intra-Schengen and domestic flights?

Ryanair requires that all non-EU citizens report to the check-in counter to verify their immigration status, even on intra-Schengen and domestic flights. According to Ryanair's official website the ...
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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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Schengen Visa Refusal: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable

Schengen refusal formulae can be difficult to understand sometimes. Sometimes an applicant receives a refusal with: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not ...
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Can Schengen resident permit holders use the “EU” line at passport control?

When I was transferring this morning at Schipol, the staff directed non-EU citizens with Schengen area residence permits to the "EU" line at passport control. Is this always allowed for people with ...
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Travelling in/out France after the attacks of November 2015

Can someone with a non-European nationality and a French 'carte de séjour' freely enter and travel (particularly by air) from France after the unfortunate events? I have been checking the news, some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Transit visa not required at amsterdam

I had two tickets one from Mumbai to Amsterdam via Istanbul on Turkish airlines and Amsterdam to Quito on KLM airlines. Turkish airlines ground staff cleared me at Mumbai after verification of all ...
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Not getting passport stamped in Sweden

I just arrived to Sweden and did not get my passport stamped. However, it got stamped in Germany (I flew to Sweden through Germany) Is this normal?
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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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Can I visit Schengen countries on a Type-D Schengen Visa?

I’m going to Germany for a semester exchange and I have a long-stay visa from Germany. Can I travel to the other Schengen states during this period with this visa or do I have to apply for a separate ...
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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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Applying for a Schengen Visa from within the UK

I'm a Russian citizen, but I study in England and have a Tier 4 Student Visa. Can I apply for a Schengen tourist visa here, in England, without going to Russia?
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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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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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What is the “White Schengen list”?

The signing of a visa-free agreement with the Schengen zone countries opens up new possibilities for us in terms of the so called white Schengen list featuring 57 countries, from Korea, Mexico and ...
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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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Schengen Visa Refusal: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided

Schengen refusal formulae can be difficult to understand sometimes. When an applicant receives a refusal with "Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided", ...
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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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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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Is medical insurance mandatory for entering the Schengen area if you are not required to have a visa?

For nationals that request the Schengen visa, the traveller must have insurance that covers, for a minimum of €30,000, any expenses incurred as a result of emergency medical treatment or repatriation ...
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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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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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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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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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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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US Citizen in Poland more than 90 days in a 180 day period

From what I understand, it is legal for a US citizen to spend up to 90 days in Poland, leave for one day, and re-enter for another 90 day period. Sources I called the Polish embassy in New York and ...
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Travelling from Italy to Greece by Ferry with a French residency card but no passport

I have a french carte de sejour (french residency card) but I don't have my passport ready yet. I am planning to go to Greece to spend the christmas vacation with my family. I will be making the ...
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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?