Passport & Consular Services

How Long Does the Schengen Visa Allow Me to Stay in Europe?

The Schengen Visa allows you to stay in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. This means that you can stay for up to 90 days in total during any 180-day period starting from the date of your first entry into the Schengen Area.

The 180-day period is a rolling timeframe, which means it is not based on a specific calendar year. It is calculated by looking back at the previous 180 days from the day you plan to enter the Schengen Area. During this 180-day period, you must ensure that the total number of days you spend in the Schengen Area does not exceed 90 days.

It’s important to keep track of your entry and exit dates to make sure you do not overstay your allowed time. If you exceed the 90-day limit within a 180-day period, you may face consequences such as fines, entry bans, or difficulties in obtaining future visas.

Please note that the Schengen Visa is intended for short-term visits, such as tourism, business meetings, or family visits. If you wish to stay in Europe for a longer period or for other purposes, you may need to explore other visa options or residence permits specific to the country you wish to visit or reside in.

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