I have read and read and read google, forums etc and i am still confused about these visa requirements etc
So please help!!!
I hold an Australian passport (citizen here) and wish to travel to Europe/UK from September 15th 2009 this year to January 14th 2010 (approximatelly 122 days). I fly into UK on Sept 15th and out on 14th jan.
Now i'm not sure where in Europe i'm going to go (but probably the Schengen area and countries such as netherlands, italy, germany, france, switzerland, spain, portugal, poland, czech and maybe scandanavia, maybe greece) and i'd also like to visit ireland, wales, scotland etc.
1. Do i need a visa?
2. Can i go from e.g. UK be there for 3 weeks then go to europe for 1 month then go back to uk for 1 month then go to ireland then go back to europe for a bit etc
What am i eligible to do? What visas do i need? Please help!
[ Edit: Edited on 24-Mar-2009, at 04:47 by rn21 ]
Aussies don't need a visa to visit the UK or RoI, though the reverse is not true.
even for my intended length of travel?
Without any visas, Australians are allowed to stay in the Schengan area for 90 days out of 180 days.
Basically it means you only have 3 months for the Schengan area. It's hard to keep track of this because so many countries keep joining the EU. Check out Wikipedia, I think they keep it updated.
The UK/Ireland are not part of the agreement, and Australian's don't need a visa for these. The rest of the countries you listed are part of the agreement.
So basically you must restrict the Schengan countries for 3 months, and then you have 2 months for UK/Ireland or other non-Schengan countries (consider Croatia, and perhaps some of Eastern Europe). I think with a 5 month trip it's not too bad as you shouldn't have to do that much tweaking due to visas.
People do overstay in the Schengan area and some say that it isn't that strictly enforced, although its up to you as to any risks you want to take.