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US Citizens Traveling to Schengen Countries

If you are a US citizen who will be traveling to the Schengen area, you are in for a surprise. Traveling to Europe is easier than you expected! With the Schengen Borders Agreement, US citizens will be able to travel freely across member-country borders without having to present their passport each time.

Do US passport-holders need a visa?

If you are a US citizen with a US passport traveling to the Schengen countries for tourism or business, you will not need a visa as long as you spend 90 days or less in these countries. Under this agreement, you can enter the Schengen area as long as your stay does not exceed 90 days within a 6 month period.

What documents should you bring upon entry?

US Passport
As a US citizen, you will need to make sure that the validity of your passport extends 90 days after your initial arrival in the Schengen area.
Proof of funds
You will need to bring documentation that shows that you have sufficient finances to support your entire stay in the region.
Purpose of travel
You will need to provide a reason - and documentation that can support this -for your travel to the region.
Other items you may need
You may also need to show additional entry documents depending on the countries you will be traveling to. Be sure to investigate each destination country and any additional paperwork required.

What should I expect upon arrival

When you arrive in a Schengen member country, you will still need to show your passport and go through customs. At this external border, if approved entry, you will receive a stamp with the date indicating your arrival into the country. Once admitted, you will have free access to move within the Schengen region as long as you do not spend more than 90 days within a 180-day period.

What should I expect when departing the Schengen region?

Your passport will be stamped when you leave the Schengen region and you will need to wait another 90 days before you can apply again without a visa.

You can learn more about various insurance plans for the schengen visa below:

  Europe Travel Atlas Travel Student Secure
Policy Max.Policy Maximum €40,000 to €6 Million $50,000 to $1 Million $200k to $500k max
DeductibleDed. €0 up to €2,000 $0 up to $2,500 $25 up to $100
Currency € Euro priced $ USD priced $ USD priced
Premium Starting at €0.54/ day Starting at $0.79/ day Starting at $0.89/ day
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