How can I stay in Europe or the Schengen Area’s countries for a longer period of time?”
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This is one of the most common questions that I get from readers, especially because I have been able to stay in the Schengen Area for more than the usual 90-day limit despite being an unmarried non-EU (non-European Union) national with a third world country passport.
I understand that a lot of people would want to have the right to stay for more than 90 days, since going on a complete ‘Eurotrip’ can’t really be done in such a short span of time. So with this post, I will be giving you different ideas and options on how you can legally extend your European vacation! But first, let me give you a bit of background information.
The Schengen Area & The 90-Day Limit
The Schengen Area is a group of 26 countries that comprises
most of Europe. As part of a unified agreement, all of them have agreed to
abolish passports and internal border controls. This means that all the
Schengen countries act as if they are only ‘one country’ — every
citizen of each member state is free to go anywhere they
want, while outsiders who want to enter Schengen would experience
border control once at the first country that they entered,
but after that, entering other member countries would no longer require
further immigration control.