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90 day limit for stay in EU?
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Okay, I’m confused! I’m Australian and about to hit Europe in summer 05, but have read about there being a 90 day limit to stay. Is this per country or generally in EU? (Planning on Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Germany, Czech Republic and possibly Sweden and Poland). Is there a way to stay longer (without getting a work visa)?

Perhaps I should go speak to one of those nice travel agent people!

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Wouldn’t that be 90 days in Schengen (which I believe is the "old" EU countries minus the UK plus Norway and Iceland) rather than 90 days in the EU? Do a google search on Schengen visa and see what you can come up with, or better yet contact the embassy of one of the countries you want to go to.

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Yes, 90 days total Schengen Agreement countries. UK is not part of Schengen agreement, so add another 90 days (or is it 180 in UK for Australian passport holders?), plus 30 days in each eastern European country not part of Schengen.

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For the record, the Schengen countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden

These countries have signed an agreement which affects tourists, not long-term resident aliens. More countries may (and probably will) join the agreement in the future. To do so, they must first configure their border crossings, ports, and airport terminals to fit Schengen criteria. Two of the Schengen countries (Norway and Iceland) are not EU members. An Australian is allowed a 90-day maximum stay in the Schengen zone without a tourist visa.


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Ok, I have posted on this before, and searched the internet top to bottom…someone here must have gotten a 6 month tourist visa before! I am from the US, and want to travel to Europe for more than 90 days. How do I get a tourist visa? I know I need to show financial stability, so they know I’m not trying to work, but where do I get it? A website would help. Also, what if I don’t get one, and then I’m there for too long? DO they fine me? I’ve heard that they don’t do anything unless you get into trouble. Please HELP!

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Well, chances are that most passport control agents you comeacross won’t enforce it, but there are those who will. Through my experience, it’s enforced more strictly in southern Europe…this may have to do with proximity to North Africa and Middle East. Actiually, they’re pretty strict everywhere, but not always with US passport holders. This may have changed now, with the possibility of people traveling on forged pasports, or stolen ones.

To get a tourist visa, you need to go contact the consulate of the countries you will be visiting. If you are planning on visiting the Schengen countries, only one visa will suffice for this entire group of countries. To do this, contact the consulate of the first Schengen country you will be visiting, or the one you will be spending the most time in.


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You can’t get an extension on a Schengen visa. You need to apply to a specific country.

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Hi Im in the EU, I take it. I came in on the 13/9/04 and on that day I joined a vessel as a crewmember. This is apparently classed as off-shore. I want to know that is the clock still running as far as the 90 day limit for schengen countries or am I exempted as being classed as being off-shore; or should I in the next few weeks consider an option? My passport was stamped in Vienna where I first entered the EU and now Im south in France. Will I need a specific letter from a captain or my passport stamped again when I leave the vessel?
Any insight into this will be appreciated

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The law is that during any continuous (unbroken) 90 day period, you can spend up to 90 days in the Schengen states. Then you have to leave for 90 days. So if you enter on say 1/1/2005 and spend from 1 -90 days in the Union countries (no matter even if you leave the Union in the middle), you must leave by March 28; and are required to get a New Schengen visa for re-entry no earlier than 1 July, 2005. Going to the Ukrane for 89 days on Jan 2, 2005 doesn’t give you another 89 days in the Schengen Union.