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Can I Return to Europe After Overstaying Schengen Visa

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Can you return to Europe as a tourist after overstaying the Schengen visa?

Hello,

This is a tough question to answer because immigration policy is often very inconsistently applied around the Schengen region, but it is my impression that you should be in the clear: you paid your fine in Zurich and have been away from Europe for more than three months.

It is very unclear if bans are applied to travelers who are processed for overstaying their visas in Zurich, but it is my impression that if they are then they are only done so very tentatively. In point, many, many people write into this site with stories of how they were caught overstaying their visas in Europe, and, to date, I have not yet received a report of a tourist being denied entry after being away from Schengen Europe for an extended amount of time.

From what I have been able to collect on the issue, it seems as if you should be alright returning to Europe.

Please let us know what happens.

Walk Slow,

Wade

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Original question about if you can return to Europe as a tourist after overstaying the Schengen visa.

Wade, I recently was fined in Zurich for overstaying a student visa. The thing that really has me riled is that I had no idea I over-stayed! As part of the Schengen visa application process, I submitted my travel itinerary and the dates of entry and departure. However, the visa did not cover these complete days; only the days I was actually in class! So lesson one: read that visa carefully! Second, I too, am planning to return to the Schengen as a tourist in June. The Italian embassy says I will have no problems, but I am traveling through Frankfurt. The German embassy said I need to send a request to Cologne to find out if I am in the SIS (Schegen system). I am going to take my chances, but I will be bringing with me evidence of my Italian bank account and property. Any other suggestions?

Do you have a Schengen visa question?

If so, then take a look at our Schengen visa community forum. It’s a community just for people who have questions or concerns related to Europe’s Schengen immigration zone.
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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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