New rules Schengen

New rules Schengen

On October 18, 2013, a new rule of entry into the countries of the Schengen Agreement came into force, which, in the opinion of its developers from Brussels, was intended to improve the accuracy of the application of Schengen legislation.

Now all visitors to the Schengen zone are obliged to have a valid passport in their hands, the validity of which ends no earlier than three months after the end of the date of the visa. However, the most change in the principle of counting days spent in the Schengen zone. Both old and the new rule says that the total number of days spent in the Schengen zone should not exceed 90 in the 180-day period. However, if before the countdown 90 days began with the start of the visa six months, that is, when the tourist first rode on a new visa in the Schengen area, it is now at any point of entry into the Schengen area (does not matter whether you enter for the first time on a new visa or for the tenth time Over the past year) the border guard squeezes exactly 180 days ago and checks how many days during these six months you were in Schengen. It simplifies calculation for border guards and at first complicates the life of those our citizens who use a Schengen visa not only during holidays once a year.

New rules Schengen

If earlier, after half a year since the first entrance, the number of days was reset and literally the next day the countdown of the next 90 days began, now no new period comes, so if you spent all three summer months in Europe, then you will no longer be empty Even if you have a new visa since October since October, since you have already spent 90 days over the past six months. This is another change: Rule «no more than 90 days over the past six months» acts regardless of whether you enter an old visa or open a new one issued by another country.

Now you can independently calculate how many days and when you can stay in the countries of the Schengen Agreement for six months: on the official website of the European Commission a special calculator with detailed instructions in English.

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