Indy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4485 posts, RR: 19 Posted (5 years 10 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 19224 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?
Indy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4485 posts, RR: 19 Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 19196 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?
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8352 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 19192 times:
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.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
Indy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4485 posts, RR: 19 Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 19182 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.
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 51 Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 19164 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.
Indy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4485 posts, RR: 19 Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 19053 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.
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.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23169 posts, RR: 23 Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 18932 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.
Visa not required for a stay of max. 90 days per half year.
If intended stay exceeds 90 days, visa can be obtained after
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