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1. Posted by drin_dring (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

hi..I'm currently in Vienna with my 90 day visa. I entered on June 5 and my 90 days will end on September 2. My question is how can I extend my visa because my return flight back to home is on September 29. Help would be greatly appreciated.

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

The big question is not how, but whether you can extend your visa. That depends on your nationality, the kind of visa, etc. ASAP contact your country's consulate in the country you will be departing from (whether it be Austria or some third country); if you cannot get an extension, you may be able to reschedule your flight in time, otherwise you're in trouble. In any case don't try to overstay your visa; see countless other threads for the reasons why.

good luck,
Niels (Amsterdam)

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 5, 2006 12:22 PM by bentivogli ]

3. Posted by erik_ (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

I'm not sure what the rules are exactly, but I believe the 90 days is meant as in 90 continuous days in the country. If you do some traveling and leave the country you should be able to extend it upon reentry. As an American you don't need a visa for stays up to 3 months (90 days). Leave the country, get an exit stamp on your passport, come back in, get another stamp, and your 90 days should be reset. Might want to check with the embassy, but it seems logical enough to me.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

That is just incorrect, Erik. Which is exactly why you shouldn't rely on information given here for such important matters...

Entering and exiting the Schengen area, of which Austria is part, is much more restricted than entering a random country in, say, South America or Eastern Europe. You should really exercise caution, and not take any chances here.

Niels

5. Posted by PLUSCREW (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

i am in a similar situation. You need to leave the schengen zone preferbaly just before the 90 days are up, so find a cheap return flight to the UK or Ireland, some suggestion is you need to be out of the zone for a while but i found a weekend sufficed. there is no point in going to another schengen country as they simply don't stamp your passport. I went through 6 airports without a stamp before finally getting one in London so i could return to Italy. it was also handy to have the return flight printoff to show the british customs officer that i wasnt over staying in the UK. ;)

6. Posted by drin_dring (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

okay thank you. I have another question, if I leave the schengen countries to say like Hungrary for 2 weeks will that count as part of my 90 days and then return back to Vinnea and have the count start at whatever day I had left. eg. day 60??

7. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

I'll just say it once again; this is complicated, and it depends on a lot of factors. If anything, Pluscrew's story shows how difficult it can be, but what he failed to mention is how lucky he was, because immigration officials have no obligation whatsoever to let you back in if they suspect you of pulling some sort of scam, which is clearly what you're doing when hopping in and out. Really, playing by the book is the preferable option. Consult your consulate.

8. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

Niels is right.

Try and reschedule your flight home. Don't mess around when it comes to immigration. If you are refused entry back in, it can have implications on any future travel you may wish to do.

As Niels said, immigratio officials are under no obligation WHATSOEVER to let you back in, and they tend to be VERY beaureaucratic. Don't take the risk; it's not worth it.

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 6, 2006 1:05 PM by mikeyBoab ]