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1. Posted by chazinbuzi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hi we are both from the USA, both want to stay in europe for 6 months and have been here almost the 90 aloted with our passports-

what can we do without leaving the continent?

I understand there is a fine if this is done, does anyone know what the fine is or how it is calculated????

we were told to go to the CR or Switzerland to have our passports stamped and re-set for an addittional 90 days.

when we came in for some weird reason we didn't have our passports either stamped nor scanned but they did take the yellow card that we filled out on the flight. Is that weird or is it me????????

Can anyone give advice, links where to follow up or ideas as what to do??????

Thank everone in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

My advice is not to overstay...

I had a friend from the US and she was 'overstaying' while working in an American military base. The German authorities got hold of the situation and deported her and fined her in a BIG way. Plus I don't think she's allowed back any time soon... I would never recommend this.

Passports are generally not stamped a lot anymore when arriving in a country in Europe, but your arrival date is registered with the airline and you don't want to overstay whatever is allowed.

I assume you are just on a tourist visa of some sort if it is only for 90 days? That should be a piece of cake to have renewed at any embassy I would think and wouldn't need to involve leaving the EU. Have you rung the US embassy of the country you are currently in?

3. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 10y

it is 90 days per country not the entire continent.

4. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

get yourself to england as an illegal immigrant and you could get social security . It must be a lot because every body seems to be doing it. I think it could work out very well for you.

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

Agree, its only 90 days per country....dont worry about it

6. Posted by Bilancini8 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

For others who may be looking for this information (as this thread was from several months ago):

You are permitted 90 days total for the entire Schengen zone which include the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
More are being added, I believe.

You can read about the Schengen treaty here on Wikipedia:

There are a couple of other threads on here about overstaying (search "overstay" on the search bar to the left). It seems you receive a fine or may be banned from the Schengen zone for a period of time. Someone who overstayed in Greece by 25 days was given a choice of a fine of around 580Euros or a 5 year ban from the Schengen states.

The real problem is that for bona fide travelers who want to tour all of these countries, 90 days really is not enough. I hope they come up with a way for travelers to easily renew this visa when touring.