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How Long Can a US Citizen Stay in Europe Without a Visa?

As a US citizen, you can generally stay in the Schengen Area, which includes most European Union (EU) member states, for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without needing a visa. This means that you can visit these countries for tourism, business meetings, or other short-term purposes for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.

It’s important to understand that the 90-day limit applies to the entire Schengen Area, not individual countries. Once you enter the Schengen Area, the clock starts ticking, and your stay is counted across all Schengen countries you visit during that period. Exiting the Schengen Area does not reset the 180-day period.

If you plan to stay in Europe for longer than 90 days, you may need to apply for a visa or a residence permit based on the purpose of your stay, such as work, study, or family reunification. The specific requirements and procedures for obtaining a long-term visa or residence permit vary among EU countries, so it’s best to check with the embassy or consulate of the country where you intend to stay for more extended periods.

It’s also essential to note that visa-free entry and the duration of stay rules can change, so it’s advisable to check the most up-to-date information from official sources, such as the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit or the European Union’s official website.

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