Schengen Countries and Schengen Visa Agreement Explained

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Which are the countries that are part of the Schengen visa agreement?

Schengen visa is one of the best things to happen for tourist and vagabonds. Countries that are under the Schengen agreement can be visited as many times as one likes(with a valid Schengen visa) and transit between them without further immigration formalities allowing one to literally walk between borders of the Schengen countries holding a cup of coffee. Here is an example of my friends in dreilandereck (the three countries point) each standing in different Schengen countries (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium).

Schengen countries - dreilander punkt

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As per the official document,

Round trip reservation or itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Schengen state. Some Schengen authorities accept the itinerary when applying for the visa but request the original airticket when visa is collected.

No other place in the world gives you flexibility as a tourist than the Schengen countries. With a single valid Schengen visa, one can travel throughout all the Schengen countries as if we were travelling between states of a single country. You can in fact use the same currency(EUROS) in all the Schengen countries without having to make a run to the foreign exchange to get local currency(Although we had issues in Scandinavian countries when did face some issues when we used our currency in Scandinavian countries since they have their own local currency(Crowns) and some places refused to accept euro coins). The below image lists out all the Schengen countries which you can visit with a single valid Schengen visa.

Schengen countries

Schengen countries and countries within the Schengen region.

Although the Schengen agreement covers most of the cool countries that one likes to visit in Europe, there are other major countries that are NOT part of the Schengen countries. The most prominent being the UK and Ireland although these countries are part of the European Union, have opted out of the Schengen agreement and have a separate independent tourist visa processing which means that you cannot visit these countries on a Schengen visa. Also part of the list, are union territories and countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey are not part of the Schengen countries list although they are part of the European Union.

So here is the list of all the countries that are part of the European Union:

Member states of the EU:

  • Austria (1995)
  • Belgium (1952)
  • Bulgaria (2007)
  • Croatia (2013)
  • Cyprus (2004)
  • Czech Republic (2004)
  • Denmark (1973)
  • Estonia (2004)
  • Finland (1995)
  • France (1952)
  • Germany (1952)
  • Greece (1981)
  • Hungary (2004)
  • Ireland (1973)
  • Italy (1952)
  • Latvia (2004)
  • Lithuania (2004)
  • Luxembourg (1952)
  • Malta (2004)
  • Netherlands (1952)
  • Poland (2004)
  • Portugal (1986)
  • Romania (2007)
  • Slovakia (2004)
  • Slovenia (2004)
  • Spain (1986)
  • Sweden (1995)
  • United Kingdom (1973)

And here is the list of all the Schengen countries.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein

So next time you are planning on visiting Europe, Get a Schengen visa and travel around the Schengen countries easily.  To know more about Schengen visa requirements and download sample templates to your Schengen visa.

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