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

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Iceland (non-EU)
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lichtenstein (non-EU)
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway (non-EU)
  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland (non-EU)
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary

Where does the Schengen visa apply?

The Schengen area consists of 26 countries. Of these, 22 are part of the EU. In addition, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland have joined the Schengen Agreement. Only the three European countries of Great Britain, Ireland and Cyprus are not part of the agreement.

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

Some states have not joined the Schengen Agreement, but are partially applying its regulations:

Background

In 1985, for the first time, five EU Member States decided to abolish controls on their common borders to facilitate better trade. The Schengen Agreement includes a single set of Schengen freedom of movement rules: police controls at internal borders (i.e., at the borders between two Schengen countries) have been abolished and a common approach to external border controls has been established.

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.

Current developments

These countries are also expected to be part of the Schengen area soon:

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