I'm studying in Denmark with a student visa, but it expires on July 14th and I've booked to stay in Europe for an extra month.

I already booked Airbnbs with friends on the July 15th and don't want to change the plans, so I was wondering whether I could leave the Schengen Zone and come back before it expires, but as a tourist.

Edit: Sorry, I'm an Australian citizen.


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You cannot, for two main reasons:

  1. Your visa is no longer valid for the purpose of your trip.

  2. Schengen visas needs to be valid for the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen area. This means that not only does the visa need to be valid for when you are entering the Schengen zone, but it has to be valid throughout your intended period of stay.

    For example, your visa is expiring on July 14th; if you were to enter the Schengen zone (of course, as a student) on July 13th, you can only stay for one day.

So it is best to leave early (so you don't overstay) and apply for a tourist visa (if you need one).

  • OP could be a citizen of an Annex II country, so the above wouldn't apply.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 10:45
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    If you are in the Schengen zone on a student visa (as the OP is), then the first two points apply. If they are exempt from visa requirements, then they need to declare the same and they cannot enter on their student visa for purposes other than studies. Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 10:56
  • Didn't ask to come back on the student visa. Asked if he/she could come back as a tourist. I edited to clarify.
    – WGroleau
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 11:10
  • (-1) You seem to be confused both about the question and about the rules. It's not obvious that you would need to leave and reenter to switch from a long-stay status to a short-stay status (it's switching in the other direction that's often explicitly forbidden) but in any case the question is precisely about reentering as a tourist and your answer entirely fails to address that issue.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 11:30
  • @Relaxed: BK's name suggested to me the possibility that English is not his native language, and the last sentence was less clear before my edit.
    – WGroleau
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 12:23

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