Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Schengen Visa (1/2)

Today I got asked by a friend of mine about how an international student in the US can go and visit a country in Europe during a school break. Since I am from Europe, making a trip back home have never been an issue for me, I did some research and here is what i figured out.

Most European countries are in a general treaty signed years ago in Schengen, Luxembourg. This treaty basically open the borders between these countries. So, if you enter one of the Schengen countries, you can travel freely in all of the Schengen countries. Unfortunately, most citizens of a country not in the Schengen area or not US, Canada, Mexico, etc, will need a SCHENGEN VISA in order to enter the Schengen area. The list of the Schengen countries is:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
If you want to travel to one of above countries you may need a Schengen visa. Citizens of the following countries will need to obtain visa in order to enter the Schengen area:

AFGHANISTAN
ALBANIA
ALGERIA
ANGOLA
ARMENIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BANGLADESH
BELARUS
BELIZE
BENIN
BHUTAN
BOLIVIA
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
BOTSWANA
BURKINA FASO
BURMA/MYANMAR
BURUNDI
CAMBODIA
CAMEROON
CAPE VERDE
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
CHAD
CHINA
COLOMBIA
COMOROS
CONGO
COTE D'IVOIRE
CUBA
DEM. REP. OF CONGO
DJIBOUTI
DOMINICA
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ECUADOR
EGYPT
EQUATORIAL GUINEA
ERITREA
ETHIOPIA
FIJI
GABON
GAMBIA
GEORGIA
GHANA
GRENADA
GUINEA
GUINEA-BISSAU
GUYANA
HAITI
INDIA
INDONESIA
IRAN
IRAQ
JAMAICA
JORDAN
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KIRIBATI
KUWAIT
KYRGYZSTAN
LAOS
LEBANON
LESOTHO
LIBERIA
LIBYA
MADAGASCAR
MALAWI
MALDIVES
MALI
MARSHALL ISLANDS
MAURITANIA
MICRONESIA
MOLDOVA
MONGOLIA
MOROCCO
MOZAMBIQUE
NAMIBIA
NAURU
NEPAL
NIGER
NIGERIA
NORTH KOREA
NORTHERN MARIANA'S
OMAN
PAKISTAN
PALAU
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
PERU
PHILIPPINES
QATAR
RUSSIA
RWANDA
SAMOA
SAO TOME ANDPRINCIPE
SAUDI ARABIA
SENEGAL
SIERRA LEONE
SOLOMON ISLANDS
SOMALIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SRI LANKA
ST LUCIA
ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
SUDAN
SURINAME
SWAZILAND
SYRIA
TAIWAN
TAJIKISTAN
TANZANIA
THAILAND
TIMOR-LESTE
TOGO
TONGA
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TUNISIA
TURKEY
TURKMENISTAN
TUVALU
UGANDA
UKRAINE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UZBEKISTAN
VANUATU
VIETNAM
YEMEN
ZAMBIA
ZIMBABWE


Good luck to all travelers, and check later for the second part about Schengen Visas. 

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