For All Schengen countries with Immediate Effect Passports which were issued more than 10 years ago, will not be accepted any more, the passenger will have to take a fresh passport.
Austria | Belgium | Denmark | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Iceland | Italy | Luxembourg | Netherlands
Norway | Portugal | Spain | Sweden
As of 21 December, 2007 members listed below will be a part of the Schengen Treaty:
Latvia | Lithuania | Poland | Czech | Slovakia | Hungary | Slovenia | Malta | Estonia
The Schengen area’s territory
The Schengen area is composed of 15 European countries. Some countries are part of the European Union, but do not belong to the Schengen area. These are the United Kingdom and Ireland. Two other countries, Norway and Iceland, are not part of the European Union, but are part of the Schengen area following a cooperation agreement signed with the Schengen States.
Amongst the new Member States of the European Union, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia (as from 01.12.2006), Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia consider the Schengen visa, as well as the residence permits in another Member State, as equivalent to their national visa for the purpose of a transit which does not exceed five days.
Besides, as regards to France and the Netherlands, the Schengen regulations only apply to their European territories. The Principality of Monaco allows entry on its territory without any formality to Schengen visa holders. The nationals of Taiwan, holding a valid visa for all Schengen States, may also enter Switzerland and Liechtenstein visa free for a stay which does not exceed three months.
Free movement of persons
The Schengen area is an area of free movement of persons. In accordance with the Schengen Convention of 14 June 1985, the 15 States, which are members thereof, have abolished checks on persons at the time of crossing of their internal borders.
Hence the checks on persons are only carried out at the time of crossing of the external border of a member State, which then acts on behalf of all of the other States of the Schengen area.
Uniform rules of entry in the Schengen area
The Schengen Convention has implemented uniform rules of entry in all the Member States. In order to be granted entry in the Schengen area, the nationals of the European Economic Area* (EEA) must present a valid identity card or a valid – or expired – passport less than five years old.
Non-EEA nationals must also produce, if so requested, the documents justifying the purpose and the conditions of their visit. Besides, they must have sufficient funds both for the duration of their stay and their return. In addition, they should not be persons for whom an alert has been issued for the purposes of refusing entry.
Non-EEA nationals who are exempted from the visa requirement enjoy free movement in the Schengen area for a maximum period of three months (90 days) per half-year from the date of first entry. For non-EEA nationals who are subject to the visa requirement according to their nationality, the visa shall specify the duration of the authorized stay. It cannot exceed 90 days in any half-year. Unless otherwise stated, the visa is valid for the 15 Schengen States.
In both cases, the entry or transit of a non-EEA traveler in the Schengen area is materialized by stamping his or her travel document (i.e. passport) to determine the starting point of the authorized stay.
The travel document is also to be stamped on exiting the Schengen area. If the travel document does not bear an entry stamp, the authorities may presume that the holder does not fulfill, or no longer fulfils, the conditions of duration of stay. This presumption may be rebutted if the traveler is able to provide credible evidence of his or her presence outside the Schengen area.