I have submitted a Schengen visa application, where my duration of intended stay is 7 days.

Now, what could be my duration of visa validity 7 days or 90 days?

  • You'll have to wait until the visa comes back, assuming your application is accepted. The dates when it is valid will be printed on the visa itself. If it is restricted to a certain time period, you need to honor that. In the meantime, there's no point in speculating here about what will happen; the only way to know is to look at the actual visa, and for that you'll have to wait. Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 6:22
  • There is no separate “tourist visa” in the Schengen area, only short stay visas and the same rules apply to all Schengen visas (and, to some extent, to visa-free stays by third-country nationals).
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 6:31
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    Also note that “duration of intended stay” is what you put on the application form (that's what you wish/plan to do). Your visa will have a [maximum] “duration of stay” (that's what you have the right to do with that visa).
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 6:33
  • so yu are saying i can have more than 7 days duration of stay???
    – Hasan
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 6:39
  • @Hasan It's possible although not particularly likely if you are a first-time applicant.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 7:03

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No they are not the same. The period of validity is defines when you can use your visa and the duration of stay determines how long you can stay in the Schengen area during this period of validity. Therefore, it's not unusual for the period of validity to be longer than the duration of stay, giving you a bit of flexibility to postpone or advance your trip (but not to stay much longer than originally planned).

The opposite, a period of validity shorter than the duration of stay, does not make sense (it's not explicitly forbidden anywhere but it should not happen) as you must leave the Schengen area before the expiry of your visa (or secure another title to stay). Furthermore, the duration of stay for a regular Schengen visa should be at most 90 days but the period of validity can be much longer (up to 5 years).

So you might very well get a visa that's only valid for the dates you put on the application or luck out and get more than what you asked but there is no reason for the period of validity to be 90 days. In principle, what you should get is a visa with a 7-day maximum duration of stay over a two weeks period or something like that (that's what's recommended by the EU commission, even if consulates are legally free to issue something else and actual practice varies from place to place).

  • Thank you. What you mentioned first just happened to me. I have a validity of a month but the duration is 15 days.
    – gideon
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 15:23
  • Duration of stay is how long you intend to say in the Schengen area.

  • Visa validity is the date after which your visa is no longer valid for entry or stay in the Schengen area.

To give you an example; you intend to visit Berlin for 2 weeks - so 14 days is your duration of stay. You apply for this in your visa application today, June 7th.

The visa you get on June 17th expires on November 16th. So the duration of the visa is 5 months, even though your duration of stay is only 14 days.

Assuming you get this visa, it will most likely be multiple entry so you can visit again till the visa expires.

The maximum duration of stay is 90 days, and you cannot repeat this within a 180 day period.

The visa that is stamped on your passport states both the duration of stay, and the expiry dates.

  • In the Schengen area, the visa must be valid when you enter and on each day you spend in the Schengen area.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 7:02
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    That's not just Schengen area, that's pretty much how visas work. Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 7:09
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    In many countries visas need only be valid on the date of entry into the country. The US and Canada are notable examples.
    – phoog
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 7:16
  • @BurhanKhalid No, it's not the case in the US or Japan for example, which is why it's important to stress this detail. Either way, your answer implied otherwise.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 7:33
  • China also allows entry on the last day of the visa. Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 13:19

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