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    Traveling to Europe? Find Out Who Needs a Schengen Visa to Travel to EU

    Who Needs a Schengen Visa to Travel to Europe?

    If you are planning on traveling to any of the countries in the Schengen Area, you may be a citizen of a country who does not need a visa. There are currently 63 countries whose citizens fall into this category.

    Despite not needing a Schengen visa, citizens from these countries still have to meet certain requirements. These are:

    1. Passport must be valid for at least 3 months after the departure date from the Schengen Area. The passport must also have been issued within the last 10 years
    2. Citizens must have sufficient funds for their stay and their return journey
    3. State the reason for travel and provide documents to prove this
    4. Not been refused entry or considered a threat to any Schengen country
    5. Maximum stay in the Schengen Area of 90 days in any 180-day period

    Countries Who Need a Visa

    If you are not a citizen of any of the above countries, then you will have to apply for a Schengen visa by submitting an application with required documents and attending an interview at your local application center.

    Citizens of the following countries need a visa to be able to travel to the Schengen Area. 

    AfghanistanAlgeriaAngolaArmeniaAzerbaijan
    BahrainBangladeshBelarus BelizeBenin
    BhutanBoliviaBotswanaBurkina FasoBurma/Myamar
    BurundiCambodiaCameroonCape VerdeCentral African Republic
    ChadChinaComorosCongoCote D’Ivoire
    CubaDemocratic Republic of CongoDjiboutiDominican RepublicEcuador
    EgyptEquatorial GuineaEritreaEswatiniEthiopia
    FijiGabonGambiaGhanaGuinea
    Guinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiIndiaIndonesia
    IranIraqJamaicaJordanKazakhstan
    KenyaKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLebanon
    LesothoLiberiaLibyaMadagascarMalawi
    MaldivesMaliMauritaniaMongoliaMorocco
    MozambiqueNamibiaNauruNepalNiger
    NigeriaNorth KoreaOmanPakistanPapua New Guinea
    PhilippinesQatarRussiaRwandaSao Tome and Principe
    Saudi ArabiaSenegalSierra LeoneSomaliaSouth Africa
    South SudanSri LankaSudanSurinameSyria
    TajikistanTanzaniaThailandTogoTunisia
    TurkeyTurkmenistanUgandaUzbekistanVanuatu
    VietnamYemenZambiaZimbabwe

    Source: Who must apply for a Schengen visa (europa.eu)

    Citizens Who Need an Airport Transit Visa

    Usually, if you are traveling to a country, but need to catch a connecting flight in any Schengen country airport AND remaining in the international zone, you will not need a visa. However, there are certain nationalities that will need an Airport Transit Visa even if they remain airside. This applies to citizens of the following countries:

    1. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka

    In addition, the following countries need an Airport Transit Visa in some, but not all of the Schengen countries. (Source: Wikipedia)

    1. Austria: Syria
    2. Belgium: Dominican Republic, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Nepal, Palestine, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Yemen
    3. Cyprus: Turkey
    4. Czech Republic: Algeria, Armenia, Chad, Cuba, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Palestine, Russia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Yemen
    5. Denmark: Syria
    6. France: Angola, Bolivia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guinea, Haiti, India, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Nepal, Philippines, Russia (only if arriving from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey or Ukraine), Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey
    7. Germany: Cuba, India, Jordan (except if travelling to or from Australia, Israel or New Zealand, with a valid visa for that country), Lebanon, Mali, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey
    8. Greece: Cameroon, Congo, Sudan, Syria
    9. Italy: Senegal, Syria
    10. Netherlands: Cuba, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Nepal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Yemen
    11. Norway: Syria, Turkey
    12. Poland: Armenia, Cuba, Egypt
    13. Portugal: Guinea, Senegal
    14. Romania: Syria
    15. Spain: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Cuba, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti (only with passports issued from 1 September 2021), India, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Yemen
    16. Switzerland: Cuba, Syria, Turkey
    17. Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden: no additional nationalities beyond common ATV list
    18. Liechtenstein: no airports

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