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1. Posted by amy9898 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

So I am planning a 6 month trip through Europe and I think I have read just about everything about the schengen agreement. I know that as an Australian passport holder I don't need a visa but that I can only stay 90/180. My question is about whether these days are counted consecutively. I am Australian, currently living in England.

I first entered the schengen zone on the 11.2.13 and stayed for 25 days. I then had 30 days in the UK. Next I went to Hungary for 4 days. I will have 60 days back in the UK before I next enter the schengen zone when I want to travel in June/July, leaving the schengen zone for a month in August. My friend also did the 25 days in February but he went back to Australia but will be joining me for travels in June. I won't have had 90 days consecutively out of the schengen zone. At what point does the 180 day period actually end?

My question is whether we will then get another 180 day period when we go back to the schengen zone in September. Our itinerary involves a lot of hopping from schengen zone to non schengen zone. I have contacted private visa companies both here in the UK and in Oz but nobody has been able to give me a clear answer.

I would love any suggestions, whether you know somewhere I can find any information.


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5088 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

The 180 day period never "ends". It's a rolling window - inside any 180 day window (counted from any and every single day), you're only allowed to be in the Schengen zone for 90 days.

So, when you enter the Schengen Zone again in June/July, you'll be able to stay for a maximum of 86 days (or 84 days if the 4 days in Hungary were "full days", and didn't include the actual days on which you entered and left Hungary), and if you did that, you would then have to leave for 30 days before being allowed back in for 4 days, after which you would have to leave for a further 56 days before being allowed back in once more. Or you could break up your periods inside Schengen in any which way, and be allowed back earlier/longer, always keeping that rolling window in mind.

3. Posted by Melodee50 (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

The 180 days ends 180 days after your first day in a Schengen country. Unfortunately, it doesn't reset every time you leave. I certainly wish it did. You need to get a visa to stay any longer than 90 days. If I'm wrong I'll be thrilled but I've been trying to find a way to stay longer and haven't found any loophole to slip through.

4. Posted by amy9898 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,
Thanks for your responses. Melodee50 I will post if I find any legal way around the 90 day limit.