Schengen Countries

Schengen Countries

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What is a Schengen Visa?

A Schengen Visa, also called C visa, is a short stay visa (up to 90 days by semester) valid for the 26 European states of the Schengen Area.

U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for Schengen countries

U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for Schengen countries for personal or business purposes. However, the stay in the Schengen area should not exceed 90 days in a 6 month period.

Traveler will need to present the following:

  • A valid American passport still valid 3 months after the expected return from the Schengen State
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • A return airline ticket

Schengen Member Countries

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

No visa required for citizens of the following countries

When visiting the Schengen countries for a stay of up to 90 days per semester

  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela

Additional Information

As of December 19, 2009, citizens of the following countries DO NOT require a visa when visiting the Schengen countries for a stay of up to 90 days per semester ONLY if traveling with a biometric passport MACEDONIA, MONTENEGRO, SERBIA However, Serbian citizens holding Serbian passports issued by Koordinaciona upreva, MUST apply for a Schengen Visa.

Citizens of the countries who DO NOT require a visa when visiting the Schengen countries must report to the Border Authorities upon arrival or, if coming from one of the Schengen Countries must report to the competent Questura (Police Department) of that country within 8 (eight) working days of entry.

Duration of Stay – You may stay up to 90 days in the Schengen Area with such a visa. (providing a 90 day visa has been delivered to you).

B1-B2 Visa Holders – Please, apply in the country of your residence. No visas will be delivered to foreigners holding U.S. B1-B2 visas.

You don’t need to apply twice when you travel to 2 or more different Schengen countries.

If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Consulate of that specific country.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply at the Consulate of the country of your main destination, or the country where you will be staying the longest.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries for the same amount of time, you must apply at the Consulate of your first entry.

If the passport or travel document is not recognized by one or more Schengen countries, it is still possible to obtain a visa. This visa will then be restricted to those Schengen countries which accept the passport or travel document.

The visa offices of the Schengen countries are closed on all U.S. holidays and on the national holidays of the individual countries.

For the consular representative in your jurisdiction, go to the chapter relating the type of visa that you want to apply for.

Please note that honorary consulates do not issue visa. Holders of Schengen visa are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country and are therefore not guaranteed automatic entry.