The Schengen Visa and how long you can travel visa free in Europe

Mykonos, Greece
The windmills at Mykonos, Greece

How Long can you travel in Europe or the Schengen zone visa Free?

What is a Schengen Visa?  Many people have asked after hearing about our application to remain in Italy for a period beyond the allowed 90 day stay.  Most had never heard of Schengen before and commented ‘how would they know’, ‘maybe you are being too diligent at following the rules’, ‘I never heard of that before’ and asked ‘what could happen if you stayed longer’?  Well, big brother knows all and you don’t want to mess around, here’s why;

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Traveling a year in Italy

Rialto Bridge. Venice, Italy
The Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy


If  you’ve had a bucket list dream of traveling a year in Italy as a tourist, slowly moving from north to south, living La Dolce Vita as we have then fugeddaboutit!  The Schengen Visa agreement of which Italy and most of the other EU countries are part of, only allow a tourist to enter and remain in the Schengen zone for up to 90 days within a 181 day period making a year long stay virtually impossible!  Sorry to shatter your dreams but you’d have a better chance by floating up to the Italian shores in a dingy and claiming refugee status!

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