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I was granted a type C Schengen Visa from France for a short stay in Paris. My original itinerary was to stay in Paris for 3 days and leave for my third destination. However, due to some emergency, I would have to leave for my third destination and skip my stay in Paris.

Now, I found a route which is significantly cheaper than all other options I have. This route is as follows: My city - Paris - Amsterdam - Third Destination (Multi-city tickets; Would probably have to collect baggage and check in at each stop).

My question here is can I use my current visa to make this connection? I figured that this should be OK as France would still be my main destination and I'm not extending my stay. However, I still have doubts as I wouldn't be anywhere close to my original itinerary.

  • Is your "third destination" within the Schengen area? Is seems that in your revised itinerary, you won't be staying in France at all. Is that correct? – David Jul 22 at 22:17
  • Both my city and the third destination are outside schengen area. In my revised itinerary, I’d be staying in the whole schengen area for one day. I would fly to paris, take a flight from paris to amsterdam and leave from amsterdam on the same day. I figured if i’d be only spending few hours in both Paris and Amsterdam and will be landing in paris, my main destination would in Schengen area would still be Paris. – gosnod Jul 22 at 22:25
  • The Schengen agreement requires visas to be applied-for from the "main destination." If the a main destination cannot be ascertained, the application must be filed with the Schengen country first to be entered. See Article 12.2 at eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/… Here, your itinerary has changed, but your visa was fortuitously obtained from the country of your first entry. This isn't posted as an Answer, as I have no first-hand experience with this issue. That said, I think this will be found acceptable and you will be allowed entry into France. – David Jul 23 at 0:03

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