I have a visa issued by the French embassy in UAE. It will expire on 8th June. Unfortunately my travel plans have changed and now I need to enter France on 10th June. Is it still possible that I enter France on 7th June and leave the country within 16 days as the visa validity is for 16 days.

  • Welcome to travel.SE. If your visa is not valid yet on the 7th you have no permission to be in Schengen area.
    – Karlson
    May 16, 2013 at 13:04
  • @Karlson From what I understood, the visa is valid on the 7th. The question he asks, I suppose, is whether the validity of the visa is 16 days after arrival date, or the visa expire date, or the earliest of these dates.
    – Vince
    May 16, 2013 at 13:26
  • @Vince Misread it. It's valid on 7th but expires on 8th.
    – Karlson
    May 16, 2013 at 13:28
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    go to the French Embassy and ask for another visa. May 17, 2013 at 2:58

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If your visa is valid until June 8, unfortunately, you must leave the Schengen Area by June 8.

See http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/article/what-does-my-sticker-visa-mean

Du: (From:) Date from which you are allowed to enter the Schengen Area

Au: (To:) Date by which you must leave the Schengen Area

These two dates specify the period for which your visa may be used (and not the length of stay allowed)

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