Who Needs a Schengen Visa?
If you are from one of the countries below, you must apply for a visa before you travel to one of the Schengen States:
|Azerbaijan||Guinea-Bissau||Papua New Guinea|
|Benin||Iran||Sao Tome And Principe|
|Central African Republic||Lebanon||Syria|
|Dem. Rep. Of Congo||Mali||Tunisia|
Who Can Travel to Schengen Without a Visa?
If you are from one of the following countries/territories, you can travel through Europe for up to 90 days without applying for a Schengen Visa:
|Antigua And Barbuda||Argentina|
|Barbados||Bosnia And Herzegovina*|
|Vatican City State||Honduras|
|Solomon Islands||South Korea|
|St Kitts And Nevis||St Lucia|
|St Vincent And The Grenadines||Trinidad And Tobago|
|United Arab Emirates||United States Of America|
Who Needs a Visa to Transit in Schengen?
If you are from one of the countries listed below, you must have a visa when passing through the international transit area of an airport in any of the Schengen States:
- Democratic Republic Of The Congo
- Sri Lanka
Citizens from the following countries need a visa only when transiting in specific Schengen States, as listed:
- Algeria – Czech Republic
- Angola – France
- Armenia – Czech Republic
- Bolivia – France
- Cameroon – Greece, Spain, France
- Central African Republic – France
- Chad – Czech Republic, France
- Congo – Greece, Spain, France
- Côte d’Ivoire – Spain, France
- Cuba – Czech Republic, Spain, France, Netherlands, Poland
- Djibouti – Spain
- Dominican Republic – Belgium, France
- Egypt – Czech Republic
- Gambia – Spain
- Guinea – Belgium, Spain, France, Netherlands, Portugal
- Guinea Bissau – Belgium, Spain, Netherlands
- Haiti – France
- India – Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France
- Jordan – Germany
- Lebanon – Czech Republic, Germany
- Liberia – Spain
- Libya – Czech Republic
- Mali – Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France
- Mauritania – Czech Republic, France
- Nepal – Belgium, Netherlands
- Niger – Czech Republic
- Philippines – France
Exemptions from Schengen Airport Transit Visa
You may be exempt from holding an Airport Transit Visa when travelling through Schengen if:
- You already have a valid Schengen visa.
- You have a valid residence permit issued by an EU or EEA Member State.
- You have a valid visa issued by an EU or EEA Member State, Canada, Japan or the United States.
- You have a valid residence permit issued by the Principality of Andorra, Canada, Japan, Republic of San Marino, or the United States.
- You are a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.
- You have a diplomatic passport.
- You are a flight crew member national of a contracting party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.
Do UK Citizens Need a Schengen Visa?
No, they do not. UK citizens can travel to any of the Schengen Area countries for up to 90 days in a 180-day period for tourism, business, and other short-term purposes.
Do Americans Need Visas for Europe?
American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Europe for up to 90 days within a 180-day period for tourism or business purposes. However, for long-term study or work, Americans do have to apply for the corresponding visa and/or residence permit.
Do Green Card Holders Travelling to Europe Need a Visa?
A Green Card does not give you visa-free access to Europe. If you are from a country who ordinarily needs a Schengen Visa, then you must apply for one before travelling, even if you have a US Green Card.
Even though Schengen States are not included, with your Green Card you can travel to Canada, Mexico, and certain other European countries.
Do I Need a Schengen Visa if I Already Have a Residence Permit from a Schengen Country?
No, you do not. If you already have a residence permit issued by a Schengen State, then you are free to move to all other Member States without a visa for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.
Are Family Members of EU/EEA Citizens Exempt From the Schengen Visa Regime?
No they are not. Non-EU family members (spouse, kids) of EU/EEA citizens must have a valid Schengen Visa to travel along with their EU/EEA national family member – unless they are from a country with a visa exemption.
Marriage or family relationship to an EU/EEA national does not grant you visa-free status to the EU.