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U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?  
User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4536 posts, RR: 18
Posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 20802 times:

As a U.S. citizen I was interested in visiting Europe for an extended period of time. What is the maximum travel time allowed without a special visa? I just want to use my passport for the travel. Also are there airline restrictions?


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21497 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 20781 times:

I believe you have 90 days until you have to get a visa. I'm not sure how that works with travel between countries within the EU.

-Mir



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User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4536 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 20774 times:

Thanks Mir. I was thinking it was something like 90 days. If I want to visit my family over there for longer than 90 days then I have to apply for a visa? Is that something I'd get from the U.S. or from the country I was going to which in this case would be Germany?


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 20770 times:
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Generally you would apply for a Schengen visa through the country you would visit first. I'm not sure if you can apply for an extended stay visa while you are already in the country or if it needs to be done before departure.

From experience, Germany doesn't issue blanket long stay visas. When my colleagues have travelled there, even if a couple of times a year, they have had the visa issued only for the duration of the planned trip. Only after several visits is a 6 month or 1 year multiple entry visa considered.



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 20768 times:

In Germany, you can stay during a 6 month period up to 90 days without a visa. The rules may probably be the same for other European countries (at least in the EU, but I'm not sure).

User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4536 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 20760 times:



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4):
In Germany, you can stay during a 6 month period up to 90 days without a visa.

Who would I go to if I wanted to apply for a visa? Would I book a ticket first and then get the visa or get the visa and then book? It would be for no longer than 6 months and it would be to visit family.



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 20742 times:



Quoting Indy (Reply 5):
Who would I go to if I wanted to apply for a visa? Would I book a ticket first and then get the visa or get the visa and then book? It would be for no longer than 6 months and it would be to visit family.

If you intend to stay longer than 90 days within that 6 month period, then I suggest you first go to the Embassy and get the visa, or you could go to the local Orts- or Bezirksamt to get an extension. Personally, I suggest you get the visa first.


User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4536 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 20741 times:

Yeah I'm with you on getting it first  Smile


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User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 20685 times:

UK 6 months

Portugal 90 days (same for all Schengen countries I assume). Extensions possible. I wouldn't bother to get a visa before hand.



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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 20680 times:

Lets see .... if you have a $100K you can stay about 10 days
$200k , about 3 weeks !  Big grin

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 6):
If you intend to stay longer than 90 days within that 6 month period, then I suggest you first go to the Emba

Good info , thanks LTU



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User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4536 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 20631 times:

Thanks everyone for the info. I am certainly entertaining a longer visit. I love spending time in Germany. I enjoy the lifestyle and pace. I'm not 100% sure I can handle staying with family that long though. I can deal with an embassy and the red tape. But family? ack.


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 20610 times:



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 6):
Embassy and get the visa,

Embassies usually don't issue visas.
There's a Consulate in 3900 East 96th Street, Indianapolis.



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User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4536 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 20610 times:



Quoting NoUFO (Reply 11):
There's a Consulate in 3900 East 96th Street, Indianapolis.

I did not know that. Thank you for that bit of info.



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 20599 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 11):
Embassies usually don't issue visas.

Here in Costa Rica, there is no German consulate to my knowledge, just the Embassy. The Consulate is probably a department of the Embassy itself and not flagged as a separate consulate like the US Consulate in Costa Rica (which is the small entrance next to the US Embassy). My point was that sometimes, there may be no consulate, just the Embassy.

[Edited 2008-02-12 12:40:46]

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 20584 times:



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 13):
Here in Costa Rica, there is no German consulate to my knowledge, just the Embassy

Embassies have areas known as 'consular affairs' departments. So, consulates form a part of an embassy but on their own are simply known as Consulate or Consulate General.

As I recall, the rules for entry to Germany, as stated, is 90 days per six months. So, you could stay from January to March, but you wouldn't be able to go back until after June.

LH423



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24786 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 20510 times:



Quoting LH423 (Reply 14):
As I recall, the rules for entry to Germany, as stated, is 90 days per six months. So, you could stay from January to March, but you wouldn't be able to go back until after June.

That agrees with the information in the TIM (Travel Information Manual) published by IATA and which is the major source of documentation information used by the travel industry. Many airlines have links on their websites to the automated version of TIM called Timatic. One example is CO below. Entries are self-explanatory.
http://www.continental.com/web/en-US/apps/travel/passport/default.aspx

Following is an excerpt from the information on Germany assuming you are a U.S. citizen.

Passport required.

Visa not required for a stay of max. 90 days per half year.
If intended stay exceeds 90 days, visa can be obtained after
arrival.

Passenger must hold:
- sufficient funds; and
- other documents required for next destination.

Non-compliance with the entry requirements (incl. forged
documents) results in:
a. fines for the transporting carrier varying between
EUR 1,000.- and EUR 2,500.- per passenger;
b. penalties of up to EUR 10,000.- per passenger in the event
that the carrier was negligent in taking the necessary
precaution to the end that the passenger complied with the
entry requirements; and
c. deportation to country of origin or any other place where
the person is admissible. Detention costs at carrier's
expense.


User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2019 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 20491 times:
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The office in Indianapolis cannot accept visa applications, only the consulate office in Chicago (Midwest region consulate office) can: http://www.germany.info/relaunch/inf...ns/consulates/chicago/chicago.html

Requirements and process for getting visa: http://www.germany.info/relaunch/inf.../consular_services/visa/visit.html

Hope that helps and have fun!  wave 

-Charlie


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