Does anyone know more about this? I just read that the 10 new countries admitted to the EU (Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia) are also members of the Schengen area in terms of visas. I am planning on travelling in Europe for just over 5 months but was planning on spending some time in Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary (in addition to Ireland and UK) since 90 days is max time allowed in Schengen area. If this new info is correct, it could really screw up my plans...leaving in 3 weeks. Anyone with some clarifying info on this would be greatly appreciated. Help!!!
The new EU members have been Schengen members ever since they joined the EU. They just did not have the right to issue visa for the "old" full-member Schengen states and thus stays in them did not count.
The change is going to come soon - the aim in Sept 2005 was for the beginning of 2007.
Where did you find the info that the junior Schengen members will become full Schengen members? Could you post a link?
BTW, have you read this thread?
[ Edit: Edited at Jun 14, 2006 5:13 PM by t_maia ]
Thanks t_maia. I had read the posts from the other thread you suggested and knew all the info on the whole Schengen rules but had just randomly come across this "new" info while reading an April 2005 Edition of A Rough Guide to First-Time Europe (sorry - no link). I hadn't come across any similar info when checking the U.S. Department of State International Travel section or other websites talking about the Schengen Treaty. So, it seems I should be okay then since the junior members have not been granted full membership yet? I hope I don't run into any problems when I am actually in Europe travelling.
Well, depending upon the time you come to the Schengen area and where you travel, it could affect your plans! 2007 is only 6 months away and I've seen references for the new Schengen states to become full members by Oct 2006.
[ Edit: Edited at Jun 15, 2006 6:37 AM by t_maia ]
i'm from slovenia and i have to tell you that we already have full member ship.