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I have a Schengen visa stamped on my passport from France.

The place of issue is Dubai (mentioned on the visa).

I had applied for it with my earlier Dubai Residency visa, however now it is cancelled and I am back in India. But my Schengen visa is still intact.

So the question is can I travel to the desired schengen country from India rather than from Dubai (rest of the itinerary remains unchanged).

There can be two ways:

  1. I cancel my preciously booked ticket from Dubai to France and get a new ticket from India to France

  2. I take a flight from India to Dubai (transit visa) and catch the same flight from Dubai to France

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You're supposed to apply for a visa in the place where you live when applying.

However, once you have the visa, there's no requirement that you enter the Schengen area directly from the place where you applied -- it's valid at all the external Schengen borders and for all anyone knows you could be on a longer itinerary.

  • Thanks Buddy, so that means even though place of issue is dubai, I can travel from india to the desired schengen country. This being my first visit to schengen post the visa issuance. – Rajat Oct 30 '14 at 15:13
  • @Rajat: Yes -- typically when you arrive at an airport in the Schengen area, the border guard won't even know which plane you stepped off from -- all arriving out-of-Schengen passengers will be herded towards one single immigration control line. – Henning Makholm Oct 30 '14 at 15:20
  • (Note that you don't have to arrive into Schengen through France even though the French issued your visa -- you can pick any entry point, such as a flight connection in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, or Helsinki if that matches your plans better). – Henning Makholm Oct 30 '14 at 15:21
  • ya i get that budy.. th eonly thing that is worrying me is if there can be an issue from where I am boarding the flight. the place of visa issue is Dubai-as mentioned on the visa (this would be my first visit to europe), however i will be travelling from India to france and that is what is worrying me in case the immigration in india asks me " Mr. you visa was issued in dubai, why are you not travelling from Dubai?"..you get my point – Rajat Oct 30 '14 at 17:02
  • @Rajat: The point is that the border guard doesn't even know where you're traveling from. He may guess that you probably arrived on one of the 20 different flights that arrived over the last hour, but he doesn't worry about such things. – Henning Makholm Oct 30 '14 at 17:29

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