The Schengen States
The Schengen states are an association of 26 countries that have agreed upon freedom of movement between these members. A common visa regulation is also part of this agreement.
List of Schengen States
- Iceland (non-EU)
- Lichtenstein (non-EU)
- Norway (non-EU)
- Switzerland (non-EU)
- Czech Republic
Where does the Schengen visa apply?
Schengen citizens can cross common borders without identity checks. If your visa was issued with validity for all Schengen states, this regulation also applies to you.
Good to Know
There is a uniform visa regulation for entry into the Schengen area. Without a valid permission to stay, entry is generally not possible. The common visa regulation determines the conditions for obtaining a visa.
In addition to these travel provisions, member countries have committed themselves to stepping up action against transnational crime and terrorism. Thus, police officers can also track individuals involved in serious crime across the internal borders.
Meanwhile, almost all EU countries have joined the Schengen Agreement. Several neighbouring non-EU states have also joined the group.
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The cost of a Schengen visa varies depending on the type of visa and personal circumstances. The fee is due upon application and is non-refundable.
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