Entry into the Schengen Area

You can find information about the free movement of persons within the Schengen Area in Europe here.

Town Hall and Square with fountain in Valencia, Spain

Entering the "Schengen area" in Europe

The Schengen agreement regulates the free movement of people within the Schengen area. The agreement allows easier travel between the Schengen Member States. This means that there are no regular border checks between Schengen States.

However, all travelers (including children and infants) must be able to provide a valid travel document at all times (e.g. passport or ID card). Driving licenses, bank and credit cards or similar documents are not recognized as valid travel documents or proof of identity.

All foreign visitors (non EU nationals) may stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days from the day of entry (within a 180-day period). A visa might be required depending on the traveler’s nationality and the purpose of visit.

More information can be obtained at any Schengen Member states’ embassy. Detailed information about entry regulations, passport requirements and recent changes in specific countries is also available on the IATA Travel Centre website.

List of current Schengen Member States:

Special requirements/exceptions: Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom

If you are traveling to one of the three countries, Denmark, Ireland, or the United Kingdom, you must observe certain regulations. Denmark is entitled to determine for itself which Schengen Agreement measures it participates in.

The regulation of no more than 90 days in a period of 180 days does not apply to Ireland and the United Kingdom. These two countries are not part of the Schengen Area and therefore have other entry requirements. The uniform visa policy also does not apply to these countries.