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Getting around the 90 in 180 rule in the EU?

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1. Posted by LindsJ (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

I've been doing some reading into moving overseas out of curiosity, and I came across and expat website discussing visas. I read the article and came across something saying that non-EU residents are only permitted in the EU for 90 days out of 180 days. Now, by my math, I'm sure you can swing that to 180 days out of the 365 on some sort of technicality.

Does anyone know how strictly they try and enforce these rules? Because I'm thinking that the problem won't be in the EU, but with customs in my own country.

Any advice or knowledge on this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

2. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

You must be talking about the Schengen rule. There's a large thread about it below.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=21863

There are numerous other threads discussing the Schengen agreement as well. I've known quite a few people who claim that they overstayed in the EU but never got caught. The only time you'd really get caught is if you were to commit an infraction of some sort, they then will check your passport thoroughly and will see if you have overstayed. Otherwise, they don't really pay too much attention to it (If they even check you passport at ALL lol)

3. Posted by LindsJ (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

Thank you for your help! I hadn't realized there was an actual name for it.

4. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

id be very careful not to overstay. I think they are getting even stricter now. In the UK you will get fingerprints (non EU) if you plan to get a visa or stay for a longer period of time. Advice is not to overstay.

5. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

I hate this rule, especially now that Czech republic, hungary, poland, slovenia etc are part of the agreement. I want to have time to see family in europe (many I've never met before and may not get the opportunity to meet for again for perhaps many years) as well as get a some grasp of at least a few countries.

But I'll be struggling to do this, so I figured I'd get my UK working visa and have a base there, even though other countries were higher on my list. Although I can experience Switzerland with no worries at least :)

Guess I'll have to just make a 2nd trip to Europe sometime

My travel agent had barely heard of the name, and didn't know exactly what it was before I mentioned it to him, and gave me no warning of it so meh I'm not sure about the whole thing :S He told me he knows people that have stayed much longer and wouldn't worry about it, so I dunno!

Erik