Schengen Visa

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1. Posted by rjade1994 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

In 2015, I arrived in Barcelona in June, and left from Madrid in November 2015.

Altogether I was in Europe for about 140 days, about 120 of these were in the Schengen area. I have a few stamps showing me leaving and entering the Schengen areas.

When I left from Madrid, I had no issue and no questions about over-staying.

I was just wondering if even though I had no issues, if this issue may come up when I visit this year?

It will have been 4 years, but I was wondering if anyone else ever had any issues with this, I don't know if even though I had no issue if there is anything against my name?

I am Australian so I do not have to apply for visa or anything, it was just automatic.

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 692 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

> I don't know if even though I had no issue if there is anything against my name?

Your previous entry and exit dates will be on the system shared between all Schengen countries so will definitely be known about whether you enter by land,sea or air.

Australians are allowed 90 days in any 180-day period in Schengen but some countries also have a bilateral agreement with Australia, allowing citizens to spend limited time in those countries without it affecting their Schengen allowance. But (again) there are rules governing those stays, including when they can happen. More info here:

https://smartraveller.gov.au/bulletins/Pages/europe_schengen.aspx

Without knowing exactly which countries you visited, when you visited and how long you stayed it's impossible to gauge whether you overstayed in Schengen.

> if this issue may come up when I visit this year?

It may, it may not. No-one on this forum or anywhere else can tell you for certain one way or the other.

If you have overstayed once it makes it appear more likely that you will do so again. You may be questioned more closely because of this.....or you may not be.

Overstaying can result in fines, deportation and in difficulty in re-entering the Schengen area so I'd very strongly advise against it.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Apr-2019, at 23:41 by leics2 ]

3. Posted by rjade1994 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Thanks leics2.

I understand the schengen rules and know that last time I was there for too long.

I wrote this forum to see if anyone else had been in the same position and had any trouble entering years later.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 692 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

I see. You did overstay. The fact that you were not penalised at the time you left does not mean you will not encounter any consequences when you try to re-enter. As I said, your previous entry and exit dates are on the system shared by all Schengen countries. You might encounter some difficulties, you might not. No-one can tell you for certain.

Most importantly, the experience of others cannot and does not indicate what might happen to you. Decisions are made based on the individual and his/her circumstances at the time he/she enters.

The possibilities are: additional questioning then being allowed to enter as normal; being allowed a shorter entry period (it doesn't have to be 90 days in every 180); being refused entry (unlikely but not impossible) or nothing untoward happening at all.

Until you actually try to re-enter Schengen you cannot know for certain what will happen. The only way to find out is to do it. :-)