My fiance and I arrived, passports stamped on July 30, 2006, in Barcelona Spain. We have not left the Schegan countries. On Oct. 26, 2006 (Day 89 of our Schedan Visa) we are leaving Barcelona and traveling Italy from Oct. 26 to Nov. 3rd and then Ireland Nov. 3rd to Nov. 10th and heading back to the US. Before coming to Spain we consulted the Spanish Embassy in DC (multiple times) and they said to go to the local police station and "just get an extension" but as the end of our trip grows closer (and I read more on the internet) I'm not sure it is that easy. What would you suggest we do? What will be the penalty if we leave Italy on Day 97 of our 90 day tourist visa? How does Ireland not being a Schegan country play into any of this?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
How does Ireland not being a Schegan country play into any of this?
Very simple: your days in Ireland do not count. You should have flown to Ireland before going to Italy, it would have solved your visa problem quite nicely.
As it is right now, do what the Spanish embassy suggested: get an extension in Spain.
Immigration in Italy is known to be tough, as they face so many illegal immigrants from Africa trying to cross in small boats. Depending upon the officer at the border, you might get away with a stern warning or face a heavy fine of thousand EUR and up and a ban on entering the schengen countries.
Go and apply for that extension!
BTW, in case the Spanish embassy didn't make that clear and you are confused now:
It might be hard and a lot of hassle to actually get the extension (which is probably what you read about on the net), but all you need is to apply for it and have proof that you applied for an extension in Spain before you left Barcelona. A simple letter from the Spanish authorities about your pending application in Spain should do the trick at the airport in Italy.