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U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:27 am

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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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:29 am

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.

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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:43 am

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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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:48 am

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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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:50 am

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).
 
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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:59 am



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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Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:03 am



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.
 
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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:27 am

Yeah I'm with you on getting it first  Smile
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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:39 pm

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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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:56 pm

Lets see .... if you have a $100K you can stay about 10 days
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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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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:50 pm

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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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:27 pm



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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Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:29 pm



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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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:39 pm

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.

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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:20 pm



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.

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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:03 am



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.
 
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RE: U.S. Citizen Traveling To Europe - Maximum Stay?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:14 am

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

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