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I was just in Germany visiting a friend of mine in early January and I have the chance to go back again in early March. Is there an amount of time I have to wait between visits even though I only stayed for a week?

  • Welcome to Travel SE... and to Germany! – usr-local-ΕΨΗΕΛΩΝ Feb 18 at 18:12
  • The exact number of round-trips possible will depend on your mode of transit. Due to time zone differences, about one round-trip per day will probably be the max via conventional airliners. If you manage to resurrect Concorde or happen to have another supersonic jet lying around, 2 per day is likely possible. It may also be possible if you have a private conventional jet, as you don't have to worry about airline schedules. If you can get suborbital transport working, you could potentially get several round-trips in per day. How many days you can do this will depend on your visa (or lack of.) – reirab Feb 19 at 7:06
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US citizen?

  • You have to follow the 90/180 rule. At any day you're in any Germany and not just when you enter you must have been no more than 90 days out of the previous 180 in any Schengen state. (Partial days count.)

  • You cannot work in Germany, you have to be able to afford the trip and have either cash on hand or access to funds.

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    Citation needed: where exactly does the Schengen Borders Code list the insurance requirement? – Roman Odaisky Feb 18 at 12:49
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    @RomanOdaisky that is part of the local German laws. If you work here, you'll need insurance. – Chieron Feb 18 at 16:34
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    @RomanOdaisky, I was thinking of 5 (1) c) which requires means of subsistence, not insurance. – o.m. Feb 18 at 17:02
  • I'm a bit confused about the first point. Does this mean that, as a US citizen, I'm not allowed to travel to other countries for more than 90 days? Or does Germany only allow you to be in its borders for 90 out of the most recent 180 days? – Jon Feb 19 at 5:25
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    @Jon, the entire Schengen area allows US citizens 90 out of 180 days visa-free. To stay longer, they would need a visa. (Also, a few Schengen states allow more than 90/180, from old treaties that were grandfathered in.) I'm not aware of restrictions by the US on leaving, but there may be tax consequences at some point. – o.m. Feb 19 at 5:33
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No, there is not. As long as you comply with the Schengen 90/180 rule, you can return the day after you left.

If your week-long stay began on a Saturday and ended the following Sunday, you used 9 of your 90 days. That means that if you return within 90 days of your departure, you can only stay for 81 days on your second visit. If you stay away for longer, your second visit can last for up to 90 days.

So, as long as you're not planning to stay for longer than 11.5 weeks, you should be fine.

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As other answers have stated, the only restrictions are the 90/180 day rule and visa-free entry conditions such as not working. If you are planning repeated trips the Schengen short-stay visa calculator https://ec.europa.eu/assets/home/visa-calculator/calculator.htm?lang=en will help you figure out valid length of stay.

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To answer the title: How many times can I travel between the US and Europe in a year? where Europe means the Schengen zone. An awful lot. You could fly DY 7700 from JFK to AMS arriving at 1pm and come back with KL 643 the same day. Go home, rest 24 hours. You spent one day inside Schengen (well, in reality, it's unlikely you had much time outside the airport, but hey) and one day outside. Repeat, rinse until the border guard gets bored of you and stops the pendulum. So the answer is 182 (or 183 on leap years).

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