IN THE SCHENGEN AREA: HOW TO MOVE?

FOR A TRIP INSIDE THE SCHENGEN AREA

Specifically, the Schengen Area is made up of 22 European Union member countries plus four Associated States, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

The freedom of movement of people within these 26 countries is one of the prerogatives offered by the establishment of this space. As a result, internal boundaries are abolished between these countries and road or air travel linking their cities is considered domestic flights.

As far as the foreign resident is concerned, he does not have any particular approach to travel in the Schengen Area. Indeed, the presentation of a passport accompanied by a  Schengen visa  or valid residence permit to the authorities is sufficient. However, the length of stay in a country other than the host country may not exceed 90 days. 

FOR A TRIP OUTSIDE THE SCHENGEN AREA

As a foreign person living in a  Schengen country you can travel beyond its borders. However, it is necessary to check beforehand if there is an agreement between your country of origin and that of destination, it is necessary for a possible entry visa. If such an agreement is formalized, you do not need to apply for a visa to enter this country.

In the event that your country has not signed a visa waiver agreement with the one you wish to visit, you must complete the necessary formalities to obtain this valuable ticket. Visiting the website of the embassy or consulate of the country concerned allows you to collect all the necessary information or to request an appointment with a manager if it is recommended.

THE MEASURES TO TAKE WHILE TRAVELING

Whether traveling inside or outside the Schengen Area, it is important to always keep your documents with you .In fact, unannounced identity checks and street checks are quite frequent and you have to be constantly vigilant.

Also, never separate from a proof of address, as this document certifies that you are not a clandestine immigrant or a homeless person. The ideal is to make several copies of your most important papers and distribute them in your hotel room, in your suitcases and on yourself. You can also scan them and save them on a cloud platform or simply send them to your mailbox. In this way, you have a copy in case of loss or theft and this will facilitate your efforts to obtain them again.

Being a foreigner in a Schengen area country must not be a hindrance to your movements, whether within this area or outside its borders.