Although certain citizens of various countries have the benefit of entering Schengen areas without a visa, most other nationalities and residents must go through the experience and entire procedure of securing a visa in order to enter the Schengen area.
Who Needs a Schengen Visa to go to Europe?
Central African Republic
Dem. Rep. Of Congo
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome And Principe
Citizens that Need an Airport Transit Schengen Visa
Citizens of the following countries also need an airport transit visa in order to change the airplane at an airport in a Schengen Area country.
There are some exceptions for the above countries that permits you not to be obliged to obtain an airport transit visa:
If an individual holds a residency grant from a Schengen part country, a legitimate Schengen Visa for short stays or long remains.
If an individual holds a residency permit from countries such as Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the USA.
If you hold a valid Schengen visa or a valid visa for entering one of the EFTA nations just as Canada, Japan or the United States, regardless of whether you are coming back from those specific nations in the wake of utilising that visa.
If you are a family member of an EU citizen (for close family only)
If you hold a diplomatic passport.
Citizens that don’t need a Schengen visa to enter Europe
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina1
Holy See (Vatican City State)
Hong Kong S.A.R3
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
1Visa-free regime applies to citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia only if they are holders of biometric passports.
2Visa-free regime applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan only if their passport contains an identity card number.
Special administrative regions of the Peolple’s Republic of China:
3Visa-free regime applies only to holders of a “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” passport.
3Visa-free regime applies only to holders of a “Região Administrativa Especial de Macau” passport.
British citizens who are not nationals of the United Kingdom (British Nationals (Overseas)
Regardless of the reason, you are only allowed for a maximum of 90 days or three months semi-annually to stay in any of the Schengen zone countries. On top of that, keep in mind that applying for a Schengen visa to enter and stay for a specific period of time does not apply if you plan to work or study in that country.
If you are a family member of an EU/EEA national it doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t need a visa in order to enter the Schengen zone. It only means that the procedures for obtaining a visa will be alleviated and faster. Still, in order for this to apply, you have to meet certain standards such as:
You have to be a first degree family member of the EU/EEA citizen (husband or a child under 21years old).
You have to join the EU/EEA citizen in the travel destination or the residing country within the Schengen Area and have proof of that.
Schengen Countries that allow visa-free travel with Refugee Travel Documents
If you have a Refugee travel document, the rules as to whether you need a visa or not are a matter of each Schengen member’s national law. Some European countries do not need a visa whereas others do.
The important factor is the country that you are entering first. If the country you are travelling to accepts visa-free travel with a refugee travel document, you will have access to the rest of the Schengen area countries once you enter from that initial country.
For residents with more than one nationality, the visa requirements rely upon the passport he/she goes to travel with. If you chose to travel with a passport of a nationality that requires a compulsory visa, you should get one regardless if you have a passport of one of the Schengen part countries.
If you are holding a D Visa that allows you to enter and live in a Schengen area for a certain period of time, holding a residency permit of that specific country you are also entitled to visit any Schengen country within the 90 days period every 6 months. Bear in mind, however, that getting a D visa requires a valid reason.
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