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Posted by on Sep 25, 2008 | 1 comment |

Sometimes you don’t need a visa

Sometimes people don’t need a visa to travel abroad. There are a number of active agreements between countries, which allow their citizens to travel freely within a certain time frame.

  • Mike: Welcome to the visa first live chat! How can I help you today?
  • Emma: Hi, I am traveling to England and I’m getting a UK Working Holiday visa and i was wondering if i need a multiple entry visa to countries in Europe. I am doing a Contiki Tour and then will also be traveling myself through out these countries.
  • Mike: Australian passport holders do not need visa for the Schengen space if they intend to stay for less than 3 months.
  • Emma: So the tour only goes 4-9 days, but we enter France more than once. Is that still alright?
  • Mike: Yes, it is.
  • Emma: So I only need my passport and my UK visa and I can stay in any 1 place for up to three months? Is there anywhere I can’t?
  • Mike: Switzerland has not signed the Schengen contract and you might need a visa for that country.
  • Emma: So I only need the UK working holiday visa, not the Schengen visa?
  • Mike: Australian passport holders do not need visa to visit Europe. You will need the UK working holiday visa so you can work and travel across UK.
  • Emma: So I can travel across Europe, in and out of any country, as long as I have my passport.
  • Mike: And as long as you do not violate the 3 months condition.
  • Emma: OK, it just says to visit 1 of the Schengen states that you need to obtain that visa, but I don’t need 1.
  • Mike: That condition is for the citizens of the countries that are required to have a visa.  Australian citizens do not need visa if the intended stay does not exceed 3 months.
  • Emma: OK, cool. Thank you!
  • Mike: You are welcome!

It is always best to ask a competent person or a professional, before you take any further actions. It might save you a lot of time and money. If you have a query, you are more than welcome to ask Visa First. 🙂

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1 Comment

  1. I am an Indian wants to travel in Europe but my Uk visa is getting expired on 3 July 09 . Is there any place in Europe I can travel with 2 months UK visa.

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