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EUROPEAN UNION AND SCHENGEN REGULATIONS: Definition of "Short Stay" Has Changed

The definition of "short stay" in the Schengen area has changed.

A new definition of "short stay" for non-EU citizens in the Schengen area applies as of October 18, 2013. A short stay is now up to 90 days per 180-day period, instead of 3 months within a period of 6 months. More importantly, a new method of calculation of short stay was introduced. The period of a maximum 3 months used to be counted from the date of first entry. Under the new definition, upon every entry the 180-day period preceding that new entry will be considered "90 days in any 180-day period." This definition allows for less flexibility.

This change does not apply to the visa waiver agreements concluded between the EU and Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mauritius, or Seychelles. For this group, the old definition (3 months during a 6-month period following the date of first entry) continues to apply.

The European Commission has provided a short-stay calculator on its website. This tool helps to establish in a simple way the number of remaining days the foreign national can stay in the Schengen area after his or her entry. A user's guide contains information on the new rules and how to use the calculator, as well as practical examples.

CALCULATOR

USER GUIDE IN ENGLISH

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