I'm a Turkish citizen and do I need to have a Schengen Visa for short visits to countries which are inside the Schengen Area If I have Entry Clearance to the UK under Tier 2? I wasn't able to find where can I check this information.

  • Your nationality? – Gayot Fow Nov 22 '14 at 13:30
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    @GayotFow sorry, updated the question. – tugberk Nov 22 '14 at 13:33
  • Note that the UK is not in Schengen. – David Richerby Nov 22 '14 at 16:14
  • @DavidRicherby I know but AFAIK, UK citizen doesn't need Schengen visa for short visits. I could be wrong, though. – tugberk Nov 22 '14 at 17:15
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    @tugberk That's true but your question says you're a Turkish citizen. The fact that you have a visa to enter the UK doesn't mean you're treated as a British citizen for countries you visit from the UK. – David Richerby Nov 22 '14 at 18:59

A T2 entry clearance (or colloquially, visa) is not recognized outside of the UK. Instead, the person's nationality is used as the determining factor. You wrote that you are Turkish...

Turkish nationals are listed in the EU Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 as requiring a visa to enter the Schengen zone. See http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CONSLEG:2001R0539:20091219:EN:PDF for the details.

In the more general sense, the same principle holds true for all UK visas. There's http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:336:0001:0003:EN:PDF which has this to say about mutuality and reciprocity....

This Regulation constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which the United Kingdom does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2000/365/EC of 29 May 2000 concerning the request by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (4). The United Kingdom is therefore not taking part in its adoption and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

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