I am an American citizen currently doing a summer internship in Italy. I arrived on May 13. My parents will be coming at the end of my 90 days to go on a Euro trip together. On August 10th (the end of my 90 day period), I plan to exit the Schengen area for a Non-Schengen country with my boyfriend to go on vacation together, probably Albania. However, looking at the plane tickets back to the United States I noticed most of them have layovers in Schengen Member State airports like Cologne. I was wondering what the rules were for transiting (1/2 hour layover without leaving the airport) like this? Would I need to get an Airport Transit Visa? I have been extremely careful to leave the Schengen Area when my time is over, so I am interested in any advice or information that could be provided. Thank you

  • Do you actually have a visa sticker in your passport? If so, it should be a type D visa, in which case you don't count days spent entirely in Italy toward the 90/180 rule. If not, you do not have a visa, and the title of your question is confusing.
    – phoog
    Commented Jun 12, 2017 at 12:42

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No as a citizen of the united states (or anyone holding valid U.S. visa) you do not require a transit visa. This is only where you do not need to leave the airport and pass through immigration (eg transferring between different airports) or where you would have a second schengen layover - again requiring you to enter the schengen zone - even if you remain airside the whole time. schengenvisainfo

European Commision Visa policy - second source

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    This is correct, but you should warn the traveler not to book an itinerary with two stops in the Schengen area (e.g., Tirana-Munich-Frankfurt-Newark), because such an itinerary requires passing through passport control. Also, schengenvisainfo is an unofficial site. It has proven itself to be unreliable.
    – phoog
    Commented Jun 12, 2017 at 12:44
  • @phoog - that is a valid point, I will update the answer accordingly
    – Rav
    Commented Jun 12, 2017 at 12:57

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