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I am Hong Kongese, studying in Sweden. I have a Hong Kong SAR passport which allows me visa-free access to Schengen countries for 90 days. I also have a Swedish residence permit.

I read in other discussion forums that I can enjoy 90-days visa free entry to the Schengen Area if I re-enter Schengen from a non-Schengen area after expiry of my residence permit. If I want to travel to other Schengen countries before the day of expiry of my residence permit, can I still get an 90-days visa-free?

My plan is leave Sweden 10 days before expiry and go to the UK. Then I will travel to Norway as a tourist, entering 4 days before the expiry of my permit. Can I get 90-days visa-free stay by following this plan even when my residence permit will not have expired when I enter Norway?

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It is in practice unclear whether one needs to leave and re-enter the Schengen area in order to continue traveling in the area as a tourist after the expiry of a national long-stay visa or residence permit.

Reading the actual Schengen regulations, I cannot find anything that implies such a requirement. However, several people have independently related on this site that they were told by border/immigration officials they would need to do to that. So it would appear that, at the least, there's a risk that if you don't make a visa run, you may run into trouble when you leave the Area because you run into a border guard who thinks you need to do it. Perhaps the trouble would be cleared up when their superior gets involved, perhaps not.

In any case, the only halfway reasonable purpose of requiring a visa run would be to get an entry stamp in your passport that marks the beginning of your stay not under the residence permit. Thus, as long as you enter the Schengen area at another country than Sweden and do not actually go to Sweden, I think even confused border guards ought to allow starting the 90/180 day count at that day, even if your Swedish residence permit was still valid at that time.

Of course, you should also be sure to follow the actual 90/180 day rule, which says that every day where you have been in a Schengen country other than Sweden counts, no matter whether you went there from Sweden or indirectly.

  • Thank you for your answer. I was thinking to get an entry stamp is the best way. However, I found that I got an entry stamp when I entry to Sweden as well, even I have residence visa. – Travis.T Jan 17 '17 at 15:38

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