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question on 90 days and visas
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I am planning on traveling through western europe for 4-6 months. I know that a visa is not required for stays up to 90 days for US citizens but my question is this: Does the 90 days apply for each individual country or does it apply to the EU as a whole? If it is 90 days for the entire EU then if I am flying into London and then flying back from Dublin, will my 90 days start when I enter the EU from Britain. Also, if the 90 days are for each seperate country, what are the terms about leaving and then re-entering that country? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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It applies to Schengen Agreement countries, and it’s 90 days combined for the entire area, not for each country. You can not leave for a day, then come right back with a fresh 90 days; it’s 90 in / 90 out. US passport holders have 180 days to play tourist in the UK. Each EU country that is not a member of Schengen generally allows you 30 days to play tourist.

When you leave the UK, or a Schengen agreement country, bound for a non-UK, or non-Schengen agreement country, you actually go through passport control and get stamped. This is how your days are tracked.

A passport holder from U.S. and A could stay year-round in “Europe” on tourist entries. For example, 6 months UK, 3 months Schengen 1 month Switzerland, 1 month Hungary, 1 month Poland, then back to UK to start over (since CH, HU, PL are not currently participating in Schengen border agreement).

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That helps a lot. I do have one more question, or just a clarification:

Once I enter a country participating in the Schegen Agreement do I have 90 continous days or do I have 90 days within a 6 month period? For example, if I spend 30 days traveling around a Schegen Agreement country, lets say Germany, and then travel through a non Schegen Agreement country, lets say the UK, for 30 days and then return to Germany, do I have 30 days left, or do I have 60 days as I only spent 30 days in a Schegen Agreement country so far?

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When you leave Schengen, your passport is stamped, and that’s how your days are tracked. Think of Schengen as one unified border for all participating countries. When you enter Schengen-Land, your passport is stamped. When you leave Schengen-Land bound for Non-SchengenLand, your passport is stamped (either at departure, or upon arrival at a new, non-Schengen, border). When you return to Schegen-Land, your passport is inspected and stamped again for re-entry.

Ncmickey, Jester… could we make the Schengen border rules a sticky?

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How bad is it if I stay for 95 days? I haven’t bought my ticket yet but I am planning on going to Spain, Morocco, and Greece and it works out to 94 or 95 days. March 15-June 18.

Am I gonna get in lots of trouble? I’m a student staying there for a study abroad program in spain but I am also planning on traveling before and after and I do NOT want to have problems with this stuff…also would rather not have to apply for an an extended visa since its only 95 days

thanks

this is ok right since I’m going to Morocco/ a diff continent? If morocco doesn’t count I’ll be at pretty much exactly 90 days. Smile

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Morocco is not part of the Schengen Agreement, so if 5 of your 95 days will be in Morocco, then that will be fine. Just have your itinerary with proof of time in Morocco (like ticket there and back, hostel booking there for 5 days, conference booking in Morocco for 5 days, etc.).