I have a 35-day multi-entry Schengen tourist visa. I have to travel to a country outside of Europe for 5 days (some urgent work) and back again to the Schengen area. Can I assume that those 5 days when I am out of Europe will not be counted as days spent in Europe?

Or do the 35 days mentioned in the visa start from the day you enter first? I have seen this type of condition in other countries too for eg New Zealand.

It's a Type C visa with an overall validity of 3 months.

  • What is exactly stated on your visa? I mean Duration of stay and Validity of visa.
    – Neusser
    Sep 26, 2017 at 15:39
  • @Henrik No 90/180 rule here.
    – Neusser
    Sep 26, 2017 at 15:40
  • @Neusser Its valid from September till December, Visa type is C
    – Abhishek
    Sep 26, 2017 at 15:40
  • @Neusser the 90/180 rule could apply if the traveler has previously been in the Schengen area with another type C visa.
    – phoog
    Sep 26, 2017 at 15:49

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The 35 days are cumulative, but do be careful, because the day of arrival and day of departure both count as one day. With two trips to the Schengen area, that means there will be two of each, so a total of four partial days that must be counted as complete days against the 35-day allowance.

You must also leave the Schengen area on or before the "to" date of your visa's validity, regardless of how many days you've spent in the Schengen area.

A good source for this is Annex VII of the Schengen Visa Code, which says in part

4.   ‘DURATION OF VISIT ... DAYS’ heading:

This heading indicates the number of days during which the visa holder may stay in the territory for which the visa is valid. This stay may be continuous or, depending on the number of days authorised, spread over several periods between the dates mentioned under 2, bearing in mind the number of entries authorised under 3.

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