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What Countries are in the Schengen Zone

What European countries are in the Schengen Zone? The following 26 European countries are in the Schengen Zone (updated: February 2012): Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark (excluding Greenland and Faroe Islands) Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Bulgaria, Romania, [...]

What European countries are in the Schengen Zone?

The following 26 European countries are in the Schengen Zone (updated: February 2012):

Austria

Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark (excluding Greenland and Faroe Islands)
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

Bulgaria, Romania, and Cyprus are also a part of the agreement but have yet to implement all of the aspects of the treaty.

To answer your question, Romania is a part of the Schengen Zone but it has not yet opened its borders to the region. This means that a traveler will be stamped out of the Schengen Zone upon entering Romania and will be given a visa that is only for Romania. Time in Romania also does not currently count towards you Schengen totals for days spent inside the region.

Though Romania and Bulgaria will soon be full fledged members of the Schengen Zone soon, and the usual restrictions will apply.

Hope this helps.

Walk Slow,

Wade

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Original question about what countries are in the Schengen Zone

Hello!!!

My friend and I are traveling in Europe right now for 5 months. We went to the German consulate in Canada and the said we needed to apply for a long term stay visa once we were halfway through out 90 days. But when we went to go apply for it (after 45 days) they told us the consulate gave us the wrong info. So we planned to go to Romania for some time (as well as others not in the schengen region) but as I was looking up information I came accross a French consulate page that said Romania IS part of the region. I’m wondering, do you know the countries that are for sure in the schengon region and which ones aren’t? We are also confused about Ireland. Some sources say it is part of schengen but some say it’s not.

Thanks for your help!!!!

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 88 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3413 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Danny February 20, 2011, 6:03 pm

    Can you clarify if time spent in Ireland counts as part of the 90 days allowed in a Schengen zone?

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  • Roxanne Alfonso March 1, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Hello,

    I have a schengen visa class C to join a cruise ship in barcelona. I fly from Johannesburg South Africa to Munich and Munich to Barcelona do I need a transit visa for munich airport ??

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  • Mark March 10, 2012, 1:28 am

    Will the time spent in Cyprus count towards your total days in the Schengen Zone?

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  • abdulsabur March 26, 2012, 6:49 am

    hello,my question is simple but it’s of of an urgency.I will love to know and be clarified if someone get a shengen visa from italian embassy in the country of residence,can the person fly to another country of his/her choice instead of the country where the shengen visa was issued or it is compulsory to travel to the coutry where the visa was issued before entrying other shengen countries.Thanks
    Regards

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  • K.D May 10, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Hi. I am a canadian citizen but have recently become a resident of Portugal, but I have now plans to move to the U.K in the near future to open up a small business. My question is now, can I with my portuguese residency just simply move from Portugal to the U.K without problems or any extra requirements? Much greatful for answers!
    Thanks.

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    • Wade Shepard May 10, 2012, 12:29 pm

      No, you need UK residence to move to the UK. You’re not an EU citizen.

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  • satya Pal July 1, 2012, 6:19 am

    I have a Schengen visitor visa for 90 days. I applied for a visit to Denmark where my son is working. Can I book flight for Hamburg in Germany instead of Copenhagen. I m flying from India New Delhi.

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