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90 out of 180 days with a passport?

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1. Posted by TheChef (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hello,
I have a question about this. I am an American visiting France. I leave in a week, my trip here will be exactly 90 days. According to the laws, I can only be in all of the EU for 90 out of 180 days. My passport was not stamped when I flew into Paris. I was thinking about overstaying on my passport to spend Christmas with my boyfriend (he's French), but I don't want to risk getting banned from the EU for a long time. So, what my question is, do they really enforce having to leave the EU for 90 days before I can return? I would like to return to the USA for a month or two to tie up some loose ends, then come back to France so my boyfriend and I can get married. Does anybody have any experience or input about this?

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

hmm first I thought the 90 days was for one country only, leave France for a week then go back and it should be ok. I thought you can stay in the Schengen zone for up to 6 months or so?

But saying that, I would never recommend breaking any Passport restrictions as you will get booted from the Schengen for 5 years or pay a big fine.

3. Posted by TheChef (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

No, you can only be in the entire Schengen for 90 out of 180 days. Before the Schengen agreement, you could skip around indefinately. I'm not going to overstay my passport, but I know a lot of people that have without incident. I just don't know if I really have to leave the EU for 90 days.