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11. Posted by Casey_Me (Budding Member 39 posts) 2y

Thanks guys.

So I get you can stay for 90 days in the Schengen Zone out of 180 days. So for example if I was to go to Schengen zone for 2 months then out for 3 months else where eg Ireland/ UK or Turkey say, and then went back into the Schengen zone for another month that would be ok? Can I then go to back to the Schengen zone once this 6 month period is over and start another 180 Schengen day round a consecutively or do I have to leave again?

Thanks for the help! :P

12. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4413 posts) 2y

As I said, it's a "rolling window". So it's not 2 months in, 3 months out, 1 months in, and then a new 180 day period starts (because then after the 3 months out you could do a total of 4 months in), but it's 2 months in, 3 months out, and then you can stay in for a maximum of 3 months (as the original 2 months will be falling out of the 180 day period).

Phrasing it another way: Every day is the end of its own 180 day period. Within this time (the last 6 months), you're only allowed to have been in the Schengen Zone for 90 days, and it doesn't matter how that's divided up (could be 1 day in, 1 day out indefinitely, or could be 3 months in, 3 months out).

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14. Posted by Casey_Me (Budding Member 39 posts) 2y

Quoting Sander

As I said, it's a "rolling window". So it's not 2 months in, 3 months out, 1 months in, and then a new 180 day period starts (because then after the 3 months out you could do a total of 4 months in), but it's 2 months in, 3 months out, and then you can stay in for a maximum of 3 months (as the original 2 months will be falling out of the 180 day period).

Phrasing it another way: Every day is the end of its own 180 day period. Within this time (the last 6 months), you're only allowed to have been in the Schengen Zone for 90 days, and it doesn't matter how that's divided up (could be 1 day in, 1 day out indefinitely, or could be 3 months in, 3 months out).

Hi Sander,

I see what you mean now, I guess I was trying to be optimistic haha. But that helps me alot anyway. I guess I might have to get a working visa afterall if I want to stay for an extended period anywhere (Id hate to have to leave a place if I like it too much). I was hoping to save a working visa for when I want to come back and actually work there). but I guess I could always apply for a different type then anyway, since the youth work visa is for under 30's and can only get attained once.

As for the cold weather...thanks for the heads up people! I admit it will be a hard change for me :P

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17. Posted by steffen1 (Budding Member 7 posts) 2y

i saw somebody say you were from australia.

back 5-6 years ago when i was a taxidriver, it was an extremely hot day.
i was sweating and was practically melting, an australian came in the taxi and said it was cold.
i just looked at him like he was an alien of some sort.

i live in arctic norway(just barely), and i don't think its particularly cold here :)
but then again you wouldn't want advice from someone who feel like i am dying when its over 25c.

18. Posted by natalie1989 (Budding Member 64 posts) 2y

helloo

just to let you know going in November may not be the best time.. i dont know where you are planning to go but Engalnd (where i am from) gets quite cold in the winter, especially January.. maybe down to minus 3 or so... germany and poland can experience temperatures of minus 25, especially western poland. France is ok.. a bit chilly but i would say no colder than perth. norway, scandavia, sweden etc gets COLD like, minus 15 - 25 i would say.. why dont you come and see us lovely europeans in april/may/june/july? even september.. although as i write this (11th july) it is pouring down with rain soo i guess theres no trusting the weather! ha ..

anyway have fun you will have a brilliant time :)

xx

19. Posted by Casey_Me (Budding Member 39 posts) 2y

Thanks for the advice natalie1989.

I am planning on getting there in June and staying for a period of 6 months (at least I hope). I just found out my friend is getting married at the end of 2013 so i may need to come back for the wedding at the end of the year (winter period now). Many decisions to be made now that I have to think about that.

I guess what I was thinking of doing (without thinking of needing to come back to Australia) is doing the northern part of europe first UK, Germany etc, first while it is still "warm" weather and then go south during the winter Spain, italy Greece etc.

What is Barcelona like in December? is the winter usually wet and cold or dry and cold? Dry and Cold I can do...Do you have any suggestions? :)

Thanks

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