The Schengen states have common rules for issuing short-stay Schengen visas, which are valid within the entire Schengen area. These visas allow a person to stay and travel in the territories of Schengen states for a maximum of 90 days in any six month period.

Who Needs a Schengen visa for Europe?

Depending on the purpose of your travel the embassy or consulate of your Schengen destination country will issue you the appropriate visa. There are three main types of visas that are issued which include tourist visas, business visas, working visas, student visas and transit visas.

Countries whose citizens require Schengen Visa

This is the list of countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders of the Schengen Zone.

AfghanistanGabonNorth Korea
AlgeriaGambiaNorthern Mariana’s
AzerbaijanGuinea-BissauPapua New Guinea
BeninIranSao Tome And Principe
BhutanIraqSaudi Arabia
BotswanaJordanSierra Leone
Burkina FasoKazakhstanSomalia
Burma/MyanmarKenyaSouth Africa
BurundiKosovaSri Lanka
Cape VerdeLaosSwaziland
Central African RepublicLebanonSyria
Cote D’ivoireMalawiTogo
Dem. Rep. Of CongoMaliTunisia
Dominican RepublicMongoliaTurkmenistan
Equatorial GuineaNamibiaVietnam

Entities and territorial authorities not recognized as states by at least one Schengen Member State

  • Kosovo (As defined by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10 June 1999.)
  • Palestinian Authority

Who is Exempt from Schengen Visa for Europe?

Whereas, this is the list of third countries whose nationals are exempted from holding a visa when crossing the external borders of the Schengen Territory:


Albania* Andorra
Antigua And Barbuda Argentina
Australia Bahamas
Barbados Bosnia And Herzegovina*
Brazil Brunei Darussalam
Canada Chile
Colombia Costa Rica
Dominica El Salvador
North Macedonia* Georgia*
Grenada Guatemala
Vatican City State Honduras
Israel Japan
Kiribati Malaysia
Marshall Islands Mauritius
Mexico Micronesia
Moldova* Monaco
Montenegro* New Zealand
Nicaragua Palau
Panama Paraguay
Peru Samoa
San Marino Seychelles
Serbia** Singapore
Solomon Islands South Korea
St Kitts And Nevis St Lucia
St Vincent And The Grenadines Trinidad And Tobago
Tuvalu Ukraine*
United Arab Emirates United States Of America
Uruguay Vanuatu
Venezuela United Kingdom


*The visa exemption applies only to holders of biometric passports.

**The visa exemption applies only to holders of biometric passports. Excluding holders of Serbian passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate (in Serbian: Koordinaciona uprava

Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China

  • Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • Macao S.A.R.

British citizens who are not nationals of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the purposes of Union law

  • British Nationals (Overseas)
  • British overseas territories citizens (BOTC)
  • British overseas citizens (BOC)
  • British protected persons (BPP)
  • British subjects (BS)

Entities and territorial authorities not recognized as States by at least one Member State

  • Taiwan – The exemption from the visa requirement applies only to holders of passports issued by Taiwan, which include an identity card number.

Do UK Citizens Need a Schengen Visa?

UK citizens do not need to apply for a Schengen visa to visit Europe because the EU has proposed visa free travel for Britons after BREXIT. However UK citizens will fall under the ETIAS scheme starting in 2021.

On the other hand, UK residents that hold a citizenship of a country that does not have a visa liberalization agreement with EU are required to apply for a Schengen visa while in the UK.

Which Countries Can I Visit With a Schengen Visa?

If one of the Schengen Area member states has issued you a multiple-entry Schengen visa, then you can visit a wide number of countries in Europe. First of all you can visit the each of the Schengen member states.

Secondly, there is a number of countries in Europe which are Non-EU countries, but they still accept visitors that hold a Schengen visa. These non-Schengen countries that you can also visit with a Schengen visa are:

Albania Antigua and Barbuda
Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria Colombia
Croatia Cyprus
Georgia Gibraltar
Kosovo North Macedonia
Montenegro Romania
Sao Tome and Principe Serbia