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What is a Schengen Visa?


A Schengen Visa is one that allows the traveller entry to member states of the Schengen Zone. Many EU countries are part of the Schengen Zone, but not all.

Notable exceptions include….

- Croatia

- Romania

- Cyprus

- Bulgaria

- United Kingdom (Prior to 2021)

Up until Brexit, there was rarely a need for the common UK tourist traveller to consider what a Schengen visa actually is. Schengen Visas were typically obtained by non EU passport holders residing within the UK. It was possible for UK Passport holders to travel, settle and work freely across the EU. However since the UK’s departure from the EU, there are a few instances whereby a UK Passport Holder might need to consider whether they should or need to obtain a Schengen Visa.

Within the term ‘Schengen Visa’ are various sub categories of visa:

The main categories can be summarised as Tourist, Business or Work.

Usually a UK passport holder would require a European or Schengen Visa if travelling for work, study or an extended period of time exceeding 90 days within 180.