If your upcoming international relocation or simply international travel plans involve Europe, you should be aware of the Schengen Agreement and how it can possibly affect necessary visas and travel regulations. This agreement pertains to 25 European countries, basically the majority of western Europe (although not the UK), and creates a zone known as the Schengen Area with no international borders pertaining to travel.
There are some general guidelines to keep in mind when planning a trip or a relocation to this area. For example:
- You do not need a visa to enter a Schengen country if your stay will be no longer than 90 days within a 6 month period. You will need a passport for initial entry but will generally not need to show your passport when passing between member countries. Your passport will need to be valid for at least 3 months beyond your planned stay.
- You will need a visa if your stay will be longer than 90 days. If you are moving to one of these countries you will need to go through the process of obtaining the appropriate visa, whether that be a student visa, a work visa or whatever the case may be.
Map of Current Schengen Area Member Countries
List of Current Shengen Area Member Countries
- Czech Republic