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Hey Peeps,

I’m a permanenet resident of the United States and hold an Indian passport.  I read somewhere that US citizens can get into EU countries w/out a visa.  I’m wondering if anyone knows where I should go to get information on my status and if I need to apply for visa to travel in the EU?  I don’t plan on backpacking till the end of August 08’ so I just want to get all the info early!  BTW, I’m so glad I found this forum! All dedicated to Europe! wooWOO!


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Doesn’t look like a problem.  I ran “citizen of India” and “permanent resident of US” through the “nifty visa checking tool” sticky that’s at the top of the “cheap flights” forum.

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In short you will need at least one visa to cover the so-called Schengen Countries. You would also need separate visas for UK, Ireland, Switzerland (not EU member) and some other recently joined EU states.

As a US resident you should not have much trouble with you Schengen Visa application, however there is bureaucracy involved and, depending on where you are, some logistical issues. Check a recent discussion on the subject. I hope the OP of that thread won’t get discouraged by a pitiful fight between LTB and myself and will come back to report on his/her friend’s experience.

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Hey guys,

Thanks so much for your help.  I’m going to look up Schengen right now and figure what thats about.  Do you guys have any suggestion on when I should get the visa?  If I plan to leave in August, is it too risky trying to apply in July? or early August?  I’m in the middle of the United States and I wont be coming close to any consulate until the beginning of summer when I move back to Portland, Oregon.  Thanks Seva for posting about another person w/ indian passport.  By the way “OldLady” I tried to run that same search under cheap flights but I didn’t get anything.  Where exactly should I type the search?

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Here’s the link: Visa & Passport Information
Use the pull-down boxes for the countries.

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Please do some research about Schengen visas first, this will resolve many natural questions.

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Do you guys have any suggestion on when I should get the visa?  If I plan to leave in August, is it too risky trying to apply in July? or early August?  I’m in the middle of the United States and I wont be coming close to any consulate until the beginning of summer when I move back to Portland, Oregon.

I would say applying about 6-8 weeks ahead of time is ideal, although anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks is OK. You must apply with the consulate of the country of your first entry, and you must apply in person. That means (afaik there are no ‘real’ consulates in Portland) you’ll have to go to either SF or LA to do that.

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Thanks so much for that link “oldlady”.  I added it to my favorites!  Also Seva,  I did find in a google search that there are Swedish, British, German and Belgian consulates in Portland.  I think my port of entry would most probably be Germany and I’d Eurail from there to wherever.  Am I missing something?  Seattle is only 3 hrs by car so if I had to go there it wouldn’t be a huge deal.  Thank you guys again for your time! Precious info!!!

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…I did find in a google search that there are Swedish, British, German and Belgian consulates in Portland.  I think my port of entry would most probably be Germany and I’d Eurail from there to wherever.  Am I missing something?  Seattle is only 3 hrs by car so if I had to go there it wouldn’t be a huge deal.
Well, those are Honorary Consulates. Unfortunately a honorary consul does not have the authority to issue visas. If you are going to fly into Germany first, it looks like you’ll have to go to Consulate General in San Francisco.
Of course, it does not hurt to call the honorary consul in Portland and ask if (s)he can help. Perhaps they’d be willing to accept your application for processing in San Francisco, but chances of that are very slim.
Alternatively, if there is a Schengen country with a consulate in Seattle, you may just reconsider your plans and use that country as the point of entry.

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Very interesting!  Most definitely I’ll try Portland and see what they say.  I really don’t have a huge issue w/ port of entry so if I have to, Seattle will do it.  Great, thanks for the info! I’ll get on the research and get back to you guys if I need more help.  Thank you so much!

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You would also need separate visas for UK, Ireland, Switzerland (not EU member) and some other recently joined EU states.


You don’t need a seperate visa for switzerland unless you are staying for more than 3 months.