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What You Need To Know About A Schengen Visa

Updated on December 27, 2012

Schengen Visa And The Schengen Zone

When someone is approved a Schengen visa, or if they enter Europe (asides from the UK) then they will be able to move around freely between European countries that are part of the Schengen region. This means that a person can enter Europe through Italy, for example, and then travel freely to other European countries that are part of the Schengen zone, such as France, Germany, Greece and so forth.

How Long Can A Person Stay On A Schengen Visa

In general, most people can only stay up to 90 days at a time in the Schengen region. This means that a person who enters the Schengen region on just a passport can only stay a up to a total of 90 days in a 180 day period. If a person stays for 90 days, then they need to not enter the Schengen region again for another 90 days. However, if a person wants to, then they may be able to apply for another type of visa in the country of their choice, but they will need to meet the country's requirements for the specific visa that they want to apply for. However, if you want to come back to the Schengen region on just a passport, then make sure you have not stayed a total of 90 days or more in a 180 day period. It is simple, if you stay three months in the region on a Schengen visa, then stay out of the region for three months when you exit.

Overstaying A Schengen Visa

The Schengen visa is just like any other visa in any other country. This means that you will not want to overs stay a Schengen visa because their may be a big price to pay. If you over stay your Schengen visa, then passport control may questioned you when you are attempting to leave the Schengen region. You may be given a fine or even banned from the Schengen region for a certain length of time.

If you are a visitor and you have over stayed your Schengen visa, then expect to be questioned when you attempt to leave the region.

The above information is basic information about a Schengen visa and the Schengen zone. Many people often ask basic questions about the Schengen visa and the Schengen zone, and maybe the above information answered some of the basic questions some people may have.


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