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Know Your VISA Type

Do you need a schengen visa

ALPHABETICAL ORDER COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS ARE ALLOWED TO
ENTER THE SCHENGEN MEMBER STATES WITHOUT A VISA FOR A STAY UP TO NINETY DAYS
A

Albania (only citizens with biometric passports are exempt from the visa requirement), Andorra, Antigua Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria

B

Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina (only citizens with biometric passports are exempt from the visa requirement), Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria

C

Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic

D

Denmark

E

El Salvador, Estonia

F

Finland, France

G

Germany, Greece, Guatemala

H

Honduras, Hong Kong (only Special Administrative Region), Hungary

I

Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy

J

Japan

L

Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg

M

Macao (only Special Administrative Region), Macedonia (only for holders of biometric passports), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro (only for holders of biometric passports)

N

Netherlands, Northern Marianas, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway

P

Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal

R

Romania

S

Salvador, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia (only for holders of biometric passports), Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

T

Taiwan (Only citizens with a passport issued by Taiwan which contains an identity card number are exempt from the visa requirement. The same applies to citizens with old Taiwanese passports with ‘Republic of China’ on the front page, if the stated place of birth is Taiwan and the passport contains an identity card number)

U

United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay

V

Vatican (Holy See), Venezuela

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What countries does the schengen region cover?

The following 26 countries have implemented the Schengen Agreement:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland


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When to apply?

A Schengen visa can only be applied for up to three months prior to your entry into the country


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Where to apply?

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries you have to apply for the visa of the country of your main destination. The main destination is determined by the length and purpose of your stay. If no main destination of your trip can be determined (equal length and purpose of stay), the country where you will first enter into the Schengen region will have to issue your visa. Some countries are authorized to issue the Schengen-visas also for other Schengen-member states.


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