Does anyone have any experience with Australia's bilateral visa waiver agreement with Germany? My understanding is that on top of the 90 days granted to travel within the Schengen Zone, Australians are allowed to spend an additional 90 days in Germany.
If this is the case, how does one prove, upon leaving the schengen zone, that they have not overstayed there 90 days in the Schengen zone?
For anyone who is interested, I emailed the Germany Embassy and was given the following reply.
"Australian citizens may enter the Schengen area as tourists or on
business without a visa and stay for up to 90 days within a period of
six months. You may not engage in any type of gainful employment. Please
make sure your Australian passport is valid at least three months longer
than your intended stay.
There is a visa waiver agreement between Germany and Australia which
allows Australians to spend up to three months in Germany, without
reference to time spent in other Schengen area countries.
Citizen from other countries needs to wait 90 days to be able to reenter
the Schengen states, but the agreement is a special agreement between
Germany and Australia and is designed for Australians travelling through
the Schengen states, who want to stay another 90 days in Germany.
You just need to make sure that you leave the Schengen area before your
first 90days are over. You need to leave the Schengen area to a non
Schengen Country such as England...then you are able again to enter
Germany for another 90 days. You would then need to remain in Germany
and depart from Germany. Make sure you get your exit stamp in your passport
before the first 90 days are over!
You are responsible to provide exit and entry dates in your passport.
Please note that this type of visa is only for holiday or visit purpose.
If you plan to work or earning money in Germany you need to apply for a
residence permit for Germany which you have to apply for either at our German
Consulate General in Sydney or at the local Alien Department (Ausländerbehörde) in
Germany shortly after your arrival.
It's good to get that confirmation; the info I was going from was just this on Wikipedia.
Their reply makes it sound like the residence permit for work is quite easy to obtain...