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Citizen of Russian Federation, permanent resident of the USA needs to travel through Schengen 3 times in a short time span (3 weeks), each time with a different purpose. is traveling on the following itinerary.

  1. USA -> Denmark -> Finland (flight) immediate transfer to a train to Russia. Purpose: Transit. Total presence in Schengen 1 long day.

  2. Departing to Schengen for a self guided tour of Europe: Russia -> Finland -> Stockholm -> Copenhagen -> Somewhere north Germany -> Belgium -> France -> Germany, then Germany - Poland - Belarus - Russia by train. Total duration about 8 days. Out of those 8, about 3 days are in France, 3 days are in Germany. You can assume main destination is Germany.

  3. Then: Russia -> Finland (train); Finland -> Denmark -> USA (air). Purpose: Transit. Total time in Schengen zone 2 days.


  1. Can the said individual obtain single multi-entry visa from a single country for the entire itinerary? Is it advisable to do so, or is it advisable to obtain separate visa for 1 and 3 and another one for 2.
  2. If it is possible, what country should he apply to? The choices seem to be limited to Denmark (first entry) or by the time spent: Finland (3 incomplete days - in transit), Germany (about 3 days, main destination)?

The question is different from another question linked in the following respect: It is asking about the possibility doing two close-spaced journeys with different purpose on the same multi-entry visa from the same country.

marked as duplicate by Gayot Fow, Ali Awan, user 56513, David Richerby, DJClayworth May 24 '17 at 23:06

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  • First question is "Can the itinerary be accomplished on a single visa from a single country?" thus not exactly a duplicate. – mzu May 24 '17 at 19:19
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    All visits to the zone are accomplished by a single visa from a single country. Did you mean single-entry? – Gayot Fow May 24 '17 at 21:01
  • @GayotFow, I meant single multi-entrance visa, issued by a single country. Clarify please: "visits to the zone are accomplished by". Did you mean "accomplishable by" or "generally accomplished by"? If the former, then which country does the above mentioned person apply to and why? If the latter, then this is not the proper answer to this particular circumstances – mzu May 24 '17 at 21:12
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    @mzu in all events "A holder of a multiple-entry visa may apply for a new visa before the expiry of the validity of the visa currently held. However, the validity of the new visa must complement the current visa, i.e. a person cannot hold two uniform visas valid for the same period in time"... is the regulation, hope that helps. Legal basis: Visa Code, Article 9(1) – Gayot Fow May 24 '17 at 23:59
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    @PatriciaShanahan It is a single visit all covered by an MEV. The OP should apply to the German consulate based on what has been provided. – Gayot Fow May 25 '17 at 0:56