I am from Georgia and have a D category long-term Schengen visa but is marked 01 which means that it's a single entry. Am I able to go from Poland to France by plane?

I asked this question and I was given an answer that I can, but my friends with the same visa had a problem. They used it transit Spain en route to the UK, but they were refused entry at the UK border.

Can I travel or not? I have already the tickets to France and do not want to be refused entry.

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    While your friends could enter Spain with a Schengen visa, it does not allow entry to the UK; a UK visa is required for that.
    – Giorgio
    Dec 8, 2016 at 22:02
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    The UK is not part of the Schengen area. It has its own immigration rules, visas, and border controls. So it's not surprising that your friends were refused entry there. Dec 8, 2016 at 22:02
  • It was an transit flight and still needs a UK visa right? As I understand @dorothy
    – Janny
    Dec 8, 2016 at 22:06
  • So the most important question is I can go to France, yes? @zachLipton
    – Janny
    Dec 8, 2016 at 22:07
  • Yes; his Schengen visa allowed him enter into Spain and, without a UK visa, he should not have been allowed to board a flight to the UK. Your plan is to fly from Georgia to France. You will enter the Schengen Area once, when you arrive in France. When you leave the Schengen Area, you will not be able to use the same visa to go back, but would have to apply for a new visa.
    – Giorgio
    Dec 8, 2016 at 22:13

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Both Poland and France are Schengen countries, so you are not leaving the Schengen Area by flying between them. In fact, there will be no border control - the flight is like a domestic flight.

When your friends went to the UK, they were refused entry because the UK is not a Schengen country, but an "independent country" with its own border and a separate visa policy. Thus, a Schengen visa is not valid for the UK.

If you went from Poland via a UK airport to France, you would exit the Schengen Area when leaving Poland, and would not be able to re-enter it in France.

However, if flying directly from Poland to France, you are not leaving Schengen, so you will have no problems

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    – Crazydre
    Dec 8, 2016 at 22:33

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