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Schengen area: what are the entry and traffic conditions?

Verified 01 octobre 2019 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

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TheSchengen area is an area of free movement without internal border controls (between 2 Member States of Schengen) and with a common external border (between a Member State of Schengen and a State not part of Schengen). Border crossing conditions vary depending on your nationality. Member countries of the Schengen area are:

Member countries of the Schengen area are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

For a European

If you European, the rules depend on the intended journey:

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To travel within the Schengen area

You're not under control.

To enter or leave the Schengen area

You can cross the border on presentation of a valid national identity card or passport. You should not be asked about the purpose of your trip, your livelihood, etc.

  Please note : your presence must not constitute a threat to public order.

Foreign from another country

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To travel within the Schengen area

You do not have a residence permit

You do not undergo any checks but if you enter another country, you must declare your entry if your nationality is subject to visa Schengen..

You can check if you need a visa by using the Visa Assistant service.

Check if you need a visa - Visa Assistant

Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

You must report to the border police or, failing that, to the customs or gendarmerie at the border.

You can also declare your entry immediately near the border, at a police station or a gendarmerie brigade.

Your entry declaration is stamped on your passport, with the date indicated.

You must present it at any request of the services of the order.

You have a residence permit issued by a Schengen country

If you have a residence card or a long-stay visa valid for 1 year or more, you can cross the border on presentation of a valid passport and your residence permit.

To enter or leave the Schengen area

You do not have a residence permit
Welcome Certificate

€32.50

Proof of booking a hotel room

€65

No proof of booking a hotel room

€120

You have a residence permit issued by a Schengen country

If you have a residence card (or a long-stay visa valid for 1 year or more), you are authorized to enter and transit the territory of the States Schengen to reach the country that issued your residence card. You must have a valid passport and your residence permit. You don't have to justify your livelihood.