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I requested an 11-day Schengen visa. But my duration of stay says 16 days on the visa. Does that means I'm free to stay 16 days?

And about the flight. I'm thinking of going to Russia first as I also have a visa for Russia. So would it be possible for me to fly from Russia to Schengen instead from my home country? Because when I applied for my visa I gave them a flight itinerary of a return ticket to my home country. My entry date, exit date and the itinerary will be the same in the Schengen zone. And I might stay longer than 11 days if it's possible.

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We have many sad reports at this site from people who stayed longer on their visa than the original itinerary used to obtain it, whose subsequent applications were denied. However, these generally involved much, much longer deviations than five days, that suggested either the purpose of the visit (tourism) or the economic circumstances (how did you live for months without working off the books?) were not stated correctly in the application. I would not recommend staying until the last possible day, especially since a flight cancellation will make many more problems for you. Others may differ, and will downvote, but I think one or two days would be OK, if you feel you need them.

If you enter and exit at the places mentioned in your application, no one will care if you are coming direct from your Home Country or via a third country. It is understood this would sometimes be the case for cheaper flights even without additional holiday at a stopover.

  • Those many sad reports are entirely (at least as far as I've noticed) from the UK, thus not the Schengen area.
    – phoog
    May 31, 2018 at 14:23

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