I am from Nepal. I have a Schengen visa for 3 months and visa was given till June 27, 2015. I have asked Qatar airways to book the ticket to return on June 27, 2015. By doing so I will be back to Nepal in June 28 2015 in which there will be transit in Qatar in June 28. But Qatar airways ticketing staff is telling me that I have to return to Nepal by June 27 which is not possible by flying from there on June 27.

So what can be done?

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    Qatar airlines may be assuming that if the flight is delayed or canceled or has its departure time changed, that you would then be in violation of your visa. Thus they want you to leave Schengen at least a day early. – mkennedy Jan 30 '15 at 18:23
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    When are you planning to enter the Schengen area? For example, if you arrive on March 29, you have to leave on June 26 at the latest, because the allowed length of stay is 90 days rather than "3 months". – hmakholm left over Monica Jan 31 '15 at 1:03
  • i have to stay there until June 26. i had applied visa till June 28 but embassy gave me till june 27. when i arrive to Qatar y schengen visa expires but i will be on transit but i am shocked that they tell me that i have to come back before my visa expires which i find ridiculous! And peter if flight is delayed by any cause what should i do to avoid trouble? please help me? – JPT Jan 31 '15 at 18:43
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    Possible duplicate of Schengen area 90 days limit: Can I leave on the 91st day? – JonathanReez Feb 23 '17 at 10:31
  • @JonathanReez This isn't a duplicate. The asker wants to know if it's the date of departure from Schengen or the date of arrival outside Schengen that counts. – David Richerby Feb 23 '17 at 12:42

You do not need to return to your own country before your visa expires, you just need to leave.

However, waiting until the last minute is usually a bad idea. Any delays or rescheduling (bad weather, for instance) will mean you have to deal with immigration in addition to the flight schedule.

Book your return flight for 2-3 days before your visa expires, in your case that's June 25.


If you check in for a flight, and that flight is delayed or cancelled, most countries will give you a short extension. You attempted to leave by the expiry date, the airline prevented you from leaving. It's even easier if you are in the departure area of the airport when the flight is cancelled - you have officially "departed" at that point.

But you will have to go to immigration and explain these things to them. This will take a decent amount of time, and if it is within the last day or two of your visa should be done at the departure airport.

If Quatar air is giving you visa hassles just get a ticket with someone else. Or if they have a toll-free phone number just hassle them into doing it - this requires many, many hours on the phone so make sure you are not paying.

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