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Travel in Europe After Expired Student Visa

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Question: Can I travel in Europe after my Schengen student visa expires?

Answer:

Hello Natalia,

It is my impression that the right to travel to other Schengen countries for 90 days is included in most student visas, and this right expires when your visa does.

It seems as if you will need to leave the Schengen region at the end of your student visa to remain legal. If you were from a visa waiver country, I would inquire with an immigration office about how long you need to be out of the region in order to return again. If you stay in Europe for 90 days on a tourist visa you need to be out of the region for at least 90 more before returning, but I have read in some shaky sources that if you were in the region on a student visa, you can leave and then return immediately and request a tourist visa. But as you are from Colombia, this is not a possibility, as you require a pre-arranged visa to even transit through the Schengen zone.

European visa policies

I highly recommend that you change your flight dates and leave Europe before your student visa expires.

For more information on Schengen zone visa policies visit Schengen Region on Travel Help or go to Visa Questions Forum or Europe Travel Questions Forum.

Walk Slow,

Wade

Don't overstay your visa

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Original question about traveling in Schengen zone after expired student visa

I have a student visa in Italy that expires 30/12/10. Do I have a short period of time for leaving the country? like at least 2 weeks? my ticket back to Colombia is for 15/01/2011. If so, can I travel to France for 3 days while the visa expires?

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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