Of course when I planned my 5 month European adventure I did not even think about this issue as I didn’t even know about it until one of my friends asked what I am going to do about the 90 day Schengen restriction.
“What is the Schengen?” you ask. The Schengen is an agreement between 25 countries which allows them to travel with just ID between each other for a limit of 90 days. The countries in the Schengen are; Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. For people out of the Schengen you can only travel within the 26 countries for 90 days every 180 days with an exception of Germany and Denmark where you have 90 days regardless of the time spent in the Schengen area.
Below are my tips after learning the hard way.
- Get a working visa, it will cost you around 50 euro and you will have zero restrictions on your travels.
- Travel through the Schengen countries leaving Germany and Denmark till last as both allow you entry for 90 days regardless of the time spent in other schengen countries.
- Visit countries out side of the Schengen for 90 days allowing your Schengen to reset. You are allowed 90 days every 180 days so after 90 days out of the Schengen your visa will reset. Here are some ideas of other incredible European countries to visit that are out of the Schengen zone; Montenegro, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia, Serbia, Albania, Moldova, Ukraine, Turkey. You could also add Africa to your itinerary, Morocco is super close.
- Lastly, try book your flight out of a non Schengen country, then you wont be restricted by this.
Hope these tips help.