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An agreement among many European countries whereby the borders between them may be crossed without border formalities but for which citizens of various other countries need an overall visa.

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Do I need a visa to transit (or layover) in the Schengen area?

I found many related questions on this site but I am still not sure about the rules. How can I decide if I need a visa to transit? Schengen members as of May 2021 are as follows: Austria Belgium ...
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Should my first trip be to the country which issued my Schengen Visa?

In case, if I get a multiple-entry Schengen visa in one of the embassies in Ukraine, Kyiv - should my first trip be to the country which issued the visa? Any there any requirements of this sort? Does ...
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No transit zone at Linate airport. Couldn't get on connecting flight. Whose responsibility is it?

I had the worst experience of my life today during my (attempted and failed) holiday trip. Please advise me on what I can do next. I am a citizen of a non-EU country (Kazakhstan). I live in London. ...
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What happens if someone I invited to Schengen area does not leave?

I have invited some friends to the Schengen area (through Switzerland) as part of the visiting visa. In the invitation letter I wrote the words: "I guarantee that they will exit the Schengen area. ...
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Why did airport security swab my hands with wet paper?

Before entering a commercial plane, I had to go through the usual security check at Prague airport (PRG). When I passed the metal detector, it went off. I assume it was because I forgot to take off my ...
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Schengen Visa Refusal: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable

Schengen refusal formulae can be difficult to understand sometimes. Sometimes an applicant receives a refusal with: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable. ...
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What is meant by "personal impact and articulation skills" in the context of border entry?

Within dozens of highly-rated responses regarding both UK and Schengen entry, I see the phrase "personal impact and articulation skills." There is no further explanation of what these mean and, in ...
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Attending an academic conference is what type of travel?

I am planning to travel to Portugal to attend an academic conference and in that regard needed a short-stay Schengen visa. The visa application has a field "Purpose of Travel" with the following ...
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How does the Schengen 90/180 rule work?

I have searched the web a lot and could not find an answer that fits my situation. Here are two links that are quite contradictory: Schengen visa refusal Changing visas when one hasn't expired My ...
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What will happen if my flight gets cancelled after my 90 days is up and I am already at the gate?

What will happen if I were to go to the airport on my last day of my Schengen visa, I get to the airport, and my flight is not canceled. I go through security and immigration. I get to my gate and my ...
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Hitchhiking in Europe under the age of 18

We are two friends who are planning on hitchhiking trip in middle-southern Europe. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2017, we both will be 17 (he was born in October and I was born in December). ...
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Overstayed Schengen visa by 1 day because of delayed flight, consequences?

So I had 7 day business visa for Germany and I spent exactly 7 days in Berlin. My flight back home was through Frankfurt but the flight to Frankfurt was delayed which led to me missing the connecting ...
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Does a multiple-entry Schengen visa allow visiting other Schengen countries later, without going via the issuing country?

My wife was just issued a multiple entry visa by France, which is good for one year. Our first trip will be to France, the issuing country. My question is: after we leave the EU and return, must ...
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Why does custom officer stop me for carrying too many credit cards?

As someone who lived in 4 countries, I have 16 bank/credit cards and I sometimes just carry all of them with me. Today when I cross Schengen border I was selected for baggage check. They found out ...
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Travelling soon and lost UK passport. What can I do?

UPDATE: Praise your choice of deity, I found it! UPDATE AGAIN: Due to a number of people wanting to know where it was found - I sold my car a couple of months ago and had a bag of stuff I'd removed ...
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Can I visit Schengen countries on a Type-D Schengen Visa? [duplicate]

I’m going to Germany for a semester exchange and I have a long-stay visa from Germany. Can I travel to the other Schengen states during this period with this visa or do I have to apply for a separate ...
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Why does Ryanair check non-EU passengers' visas on intra-Schengen and domestic flights?

Ryanair requires that all non-EU citizens report to the check-in counter to verify their immigration status, even on intra-Schengen and domestic flights. According to Ryanair's official website the ...
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Can a non-EU citizen with residency visa traveling with me come with me through the EU passport line, when entering Schengen area?

I’m doing some travelling with my mate in a few weeks and I was wondering if, to save time, he could come through the Schengen border through the EU Line with me even though he is not a citizen? I’m a ...
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If I arrive in the UK, and then head to mainland Europe, does my Schengen visa 90 day limit start when I arrived in the UK, or mainland Europe?

As the UK is technically still a member of the EU, I just wanted to be sure of this before booking travel arrangements. The idea is to arrive in the UK and stay there for 2-4 weeks, and then ...
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Is changing your passport a good strategy for removing a negative immigration history in Schengen?

When certain nationalities of people want to travel in the Schengen zone, they are required to apply for a Schengen visa. This is a straight-forward process for most, but when an applicant has had ...
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Issuing authority of passport is only written in Cyrillic script. How to fill it into a Schengen visa application?

I am helping a Russian national fill out an application for a Norwegian Schengen visa (Type C). The form asks for "Issuing authority". In the applicant's passport, this is only given in Cyrillic, (as ...
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Why is UK passport control so much stricter than in the Schengen area?

Flying into the Schengen area is extremely easy - you take out your passport, the immigration guy quickly checks if you haven't exceeded the 90/180 limit (and sometimes not even that), asks you about ...
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Does intra-Schengen removal count as deportation or removal from any country?

I took the Helsingør to Helsingborg ferry from the Danish side. I was not warned that there would be passport control on the Swedish side before boarding the ferry and, as such, I did not I know I ...
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Schengen visa to Norway to visit my wife refused

I am an Afghan citizen married to a Polish woman. We lived together for almost 6 months in Afghanistan. She is now living in Norway and has been for almost 5 years. She works as a nurse and has enough ...
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My passport was stamped with an exit stamp while transiting to another Schengen country via Turkey. Was this a mistake?

We were travelling from Valencia to Athens via Istanbul, Turkey. We had a travel itinerary to visit Greece and had a valid Schengen Visa. However the visa officer at Valencia Airport stamped an exit ...
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Schengen Visa Refusal: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided

Schengen refusal formulae can be difficult to understand sometimes. When an applicant receives a refusal with "Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided", ...
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Why is security screening done at the gate in some airports?

I've noticed that when taking non-Schengen flights at AMS (Schiphol airport, Amsterdam), there is no centralized security check after you enter the airport and go through passport control. Instead, ...
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Do I need to ask for a correction if I received a multiple-entry Schengen visa instead of a single-entry one?

I applied for a single entry Schengen visa via the Austrian Embassy. They've given me a multiple entry Schengen visa and along with it a leaflet which states to check whether the information is ...
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Arriving at night before Schengen visa valid date? [duplicate]

I'll be traveling to Germany this May and my planes would arrive at 4 May 20.30 at Frankfurt Airport but the Schengen visa that I received is valid only at 5 May. Is it possible to enter if it's only ...
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US citizen flying to France today and my passport expires in less than 2 months

I'm an American citizen and I have a flight out to France today. One of my travel companions informed me that having a passport that expires in less than 2 months (on June 19th) might be a problem. ...
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Utili-key "knife" and airport inspection?

I own and carry a Swiss Tech Utili-Key 6-n-1 Multitool: I love it and carry it with me everywhere. My concern is: Would it be officially allowed in cabin (inside Schengen)? If not, what are the ...
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Traveling from Frankfurt to Madrid on a single-entry Schengen visa

I have a Schengen single-entry business visa. I have a meeting with my German supplier in Frankfurt and then I have to attend an exhibition in Madrid. Today I wanted to book a flight from Frankfurt to ...
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How can I cross the Atlantic by ship from Europe to New York? (I am not talking about luxury passenger cruise-ships.)

Suppose that: I have both valid US & Schengen visas I am a savvy backpacker with a preference for economical travel I have no fixed schedule to meet. A longer travel time is even better. Any ...
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Why does my French Schengen visa say Marsault, or Goat in English?

Bonjour, travelers. I received a Schengen visa from the French embassy in my country. It was a tourist visa and was my first time to receive a Schengen visa. It looks like this: I had to go to the ...
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Do I need to have cash money to be allowed into a Schengen country?

I'm planning a two week tourist trip to Hanover, Germany. I'll be landing in Paris for a connecting flight and will most likely have to go through passport control there and they always ask you those "...
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I was fingerprinted in Düsseldorf on exit. Am I under scrutiny?

I have a 1-year multiple entry Schengen visa 90/180 issued by Italy. Out of five trips, I used it twice to enter Italy. The other three times, I entered Germany but stayed once in Luxembourg and ...
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Implications of Temporary Internal Border Control in Schengen Countries

According to the following announcement by the European Commission, temporary internal border controls have been reintroduced for certain countries (FR; AT; DE; DK; SE; NO): https://ec.europa.eu/home-...
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Will traveling from Athens to Germany with a connection flight in Istanbul cancel my one entry visa to the Schengen area?

I have a single-entry Schengen tourism visa from the Greek embassy, Greece and will be traveling to Athens. However, I have a flight afterwards from Athens to Germany (Cologne) with Pegasus airlines ...
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Can Schengen resident permit holders use the "EU" line at passport control?

When I was transferring this morning at Schipol, the staff directed non-EU citizens with Schengen area residence permits to the "EU" line at passport control. Is this always allowed for people with ...
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What to do if I lost my passport before flight in another country?

I'm just asking this question for my info. I will be traveling from India to Amsterdam on a short trip. What should you do if you lose your passport or the passport gets stolen (especially in a ...
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How are border closures enforced in the Schengen area given the large number of crossing points?

In the past month, all Schengen countries announced strict border controls even within the Schengen area and even for EU citizens. However European borders are extremely porous given the large number ...
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Arriving in Zurich the night before Schengen visa validity begins

(First off I do realize that someone has already asked this question but there didn't seem to be a conclusive answer.) My flight reaches Zurich on July 4th at 7:25 pm, and the Schengen visa's ...
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UK citizen married to an Irish citizen. How much time can I spend in the EU after Brexit?

My wife has dual nationality British and Irish (with a British and Irish passport) I only have a British passport. We like to travel around Europe in our Motorhome between Jan and June. Would I need a ...
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Does tourist visa (90 days) apply after a long-term visa ends in Schengen countries? [duplicate]

I am an Australian currently on a Netherlands working holiday visa that ends in May next year. I would like to know if when my visa ends I then get another 90 days just as a regular tourist visa as I ...
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What does "copy of itinerary" mean when applying for a Schengen visa?

The Italian consulate website says under requirements for a Schengen visa: Applicants for short term visas (up to 90 days) must also present an itinerary of their trip. What does this mean? ...
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Coming up with a fake travel plan to apply for a Schengen visa, will I get caught?

I am travelling from India with my wife and two teenage daughters to the Schengen region next week. My origin itinerary was 6 days in Rome, 3 days in Paris, 3 days in Amsterdam, 1 night in Zurich ...
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Kenyan citizen refused Schengen visa from Sweden

I am a Kenyan citizen. I applied for a Schengen visa, via the Swedish embassy, for visiting friends and family. I got my results today and I was denied the visa. I am a student, I will be done with ...
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Is there any common country to visit for persons holding UK and Schengen visas?

I have a UK visa and my friend has a Schengen visa. Is there any common country where we can meet with our visas?
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Lost all my ID documents and money. How to fly home from Spain to Slovakia?

I live in Slovakia and went to Spain for few months, where I lost my wallet with all the documents inside. I got here with RyanAir and would like to go back soon. I only have police report for losing ...
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What do the intra-Schengen border controls - reinstated in September 2015 - change?

In September 2015, some countries of the Schengen area decided to put border controls back in place. It might not last, it might happen again in the future, but I am curious about the changes this ...
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