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What is a Schengen visa?

A Schengen visa is a document which citizens from a number of countries outside the Schengen system must be in possession of in order to travel in the Schengen countries. A Schengen visa issued by any of the Schengen countries applies to all Schengen countries and can give entitlement to travel in all Schengen countries for up to three months.

Not all citizens from countries outside Schengen must have a visa in order to travel in the Schengen area. The EU has approved a list of countries whose citizens must have a visa (‘the negative list’) and a list of countries whose citizens are exempt from the requirement to have a visa (‘the positive list’).

Great Britain and Ireland are not participating in this part of Schengen cooperation and the EU’s visa rules do not therefore apply to these two countries.