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I am an Australian national who will go to Austria on a student exchange program later this year. With the Australian passport, I will be able to travel in the Schengen Area visa-free for up to 90 days.

However, for the purposes of my exchange program, I am aware that I will need to obtain the Austrian National Visa D prior to my arrival in Austria, i.e. I need to sort it out in Australia, as I was told so by the Austrian Embassy. I also understand that with the Austrian National Visa D, I am allowed to travel to other Schengen countries under the Visa D.

My question is related to entering (and staying in) a Schengen country other than Austria before actually entering Austria, given the fact that I have obtained the Austrian National Visa D prior to my arrival. Say, on the day that my Austrian Visa D is valid, I fly into Italy instead of directly flying into Austria, and stay for 2 weeks in Italy, before eventually entering Austria via Italy.

Under the aforementioned circumstances, given the fact that my Austrian Visa D is valid at the time I enter Italy, will I be traveling using my Austrian Visa D or will I use up the 90 days visa-free quota that is applicable for Australian passport holders?

Thanks

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    Think you should be entering the zone on the D visa, provided it is valid, however the 2 weeks in Italy will count for 14 of your 90-in-180 in not-Austria Schengen countries, see travel.stackexchange.com/questions/19147/…. – CMaster Jan 18 '16 at 14:04