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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.

The Schengen Area is an area in Europe inside which there are no systematic passport controls. Apart from a few special cases, a visa for any participating country allows travel anywhere in the Schengen area.

Many questions about Schengen visas have been asked before. Please consult the list below and search before asking. If you didn't find an answer, please mention the questions you consulted and explain how your question is different.

As of 2020, the countries inside the Schengen area are: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .
Not a signatory of the agreement, but has an open border with a signatory.

Overseas territories of are mostly not included. The micronation of and the territory of are not part of the Schengen area.

If your question is specific to a particular visa issuing country, you may use one of the country-specific tags in addition to : . For questions about long stay visas, see and [schengen] on Expatriates Stack Exchange.

Common questions

Where should I apply?

Application requirements

Calculation of days

Requirements for entry

Traveling within the Schengen area

Switching from long-term visas to short-term ones and vice-versa

EU Family Member visas

Country that issued my visa vs. countries I'm actually visiting

Transiting through the Schengen

Can I arrive the night before and wait airside until I pass through immigration?

Visa refusals


Multiple Schengen visas at the same time / Overlapping Schengen visa

Using visas from other countries to enter the Schengen area

Using Schengen visas to enter other countries

Getting a Schengen visa but not using it

Getting a multiple-entry for two separate trips to the Schengen area

Schengen Microstates

Statistics about the Schengen area members