Indian citizen. I have been granted a 6-month multi-entry Schengen visa by the Spanish embassy in Dublin. However, the duration of stay is mentioned as 40. I don't know what that means. I thought we are allowed to stay 90 days in a 180-day period. Does duration here refer to continuous stay, meaning I cannot stay in Schengen continuously for more than 40 days, and before it exceeds 40, I should exit and re-enter again? Please advise.

  • What itinerary did you submit? Related question travel.stackexchange.com/questions/76624/…
    – Traveller
    Oct 4, 2023 at 17:30
  • I submitted 4 number of 5 days trip spread across 6 months. Maybe that's why they only gave 40 days? Oct 4, 2023 at 18:55
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    Well, on the face of it that itinerary certainly doesn’t seem to justify a 90/180 day duration
    – Traveller
    Oct 4, 2023 at 19:20
  • It's an unusual combination (in most cases they will either deliver single or dual entry visas with a limited number of days, or multiple entry visas with only the 90/180 limit), but for some reason they felt compelled to deliver this. Is this you first Schengen visa?
    – jcaron
    Oct 6, 2023 at 10:04
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    @jcaron the visa code specifies that any visa issued for longer than six months must show "90" for the duration of stay (which as you know means that the traveler is subject to the 90/180 rule). For a visa of six months or shorter it's not particularly surprising that the granted duration is based on the actual travel plans. Since there's no limiting entries to a number higher than 2, it has to be a multiple entry visa in this case.
    – phoog
    Oct 6, 2023 at 13:02

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You can stay for a total of 40 days during the validity of the visa. For example, one trip of 40 days, or two trips of 20 days each, or three of 25 days/5 days/10 days.

From How to read the visa sticker

DURATION OF STAY………DAYS indicates the number of days you may stay in the Schengen area. The days should be counted from the date you enter the Schengen area (the entry stamp) to the date you exit the Schengen area (the exit stamp), i.e. both days included.

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    Also: should the duration field be empty (or contains '---'') then that is the same as if it contains 90. Oct 4, 2023 at 17:50

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