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I am working on an H-1B visa in the US and hold an Indian passport. I am planning to travel to Schengen countries this summer. My company has an office in Germany, and I am planning to work remotely for 3 weeks and then travel for 3 weeks. Can I combine work and vacation on a Schengen Visa?

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Generally speaking, no. Working remotely from Germany means working in Germany, and if that isn't covered by the activities permitted by a business visa, you need a work permit to do so.

  • You did not state your nationality. I'm assuming that you're not an EU/EEA citizen, or you wouldn't have a visa.
  • Depending on your employer, you might qualify for a work permit as an intra-company transfer. For that, ask on Expatriates Stack Exchange.
  • Your visa may explicitly permit you to work. That isn't normal.

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  • Thanks for answer, Can I combine my vacation during this period on my business visa? – 3xplore Mar 28 '18 at 19:27
  • @3xplore, you can combinde different activities which are allowed on a C visa. I'm still not sure if what you propose to do is allowed on a C. – o.m. Mar 29 '18 at 4:57

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