I am attending two conferences, back to back, in two different EU countries. I have time to apply to only one visa. Is it possible to travel from one Schengen country to another for this purpose with no problems?

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Yes, that's the purpose of the Schengen Zone; to encourage inter-European trade and commerce.

You need to apply in the EU country that you will be spending the most time in and if it's a tie in terms of days, you need to apply to the first country you will be landing in.


Yes, your Schengen visa is valid throughout the whole schengen area. You can see the official statement

A Schengen visa is a short stay visa allowing its holder to circulate in the Schengen area. The Schengen area covers 26 countries ("Schengen States") without border controls between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

A Schengen visa is an authorisation issued by a Schengen State with a view to:

transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period ("short stay visa"), transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States ("airport transit visa").

in the official EU commission website, here.

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    Good answer, but perhaps it should also be noted that the OP should describe and document his entire trip in the single visa application he makes -- that is, not just the part that it in the country he applies to. Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 7:41
  • Agree 100%. I assume, for the purpose of the question, that the OP plans to request a visa on the basis of his planned trip, and he will describe the intent, extent and details of his travel plans to the authorities.
    – FrK
    Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 7:43
  • You can also go to some EU countries that are not part of Schengen yet with a Schengen visa: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania
    – BritishSam
    Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 9:49
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    @BritishSam: Beware that some of those countries have additional conditions about the Schengen visa being multiple-entry or still having unused entries left. Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 9:53
  • @HenningMakholm Good point
    – BritishSam
    Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 9:54

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