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Need some advice about staying in europe beyond 90 days

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1. Posted by fin (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I am a singaporean photographer travelling around europe taking photos of the beautiful countries i visited. However, I have yet to complete my pictorial project and realised that my tourist visa will expire on 8th June 2006 (my first entry point into frankfurt was 8th march 2006)

Can someone advise me if I go to a non-eu country like Switzerland i.e. Zurich, for a couple of days - and re-enter into Germany - will I get a new tourist visa for 90 days or must I leave europe completely for 6 months and then come back.

Unfortunately, due to tight budget constraint imposed by project, I cannot leave europe until end june or until my project is completed

so what can i do...I spoke to the austlannderant office in germany and they said the only way to come back is to get out completely for 6 months and reenter after that to get a fresh visa but to fly back to spore and come back is going to cost quite a fair bit on my tight budget.

So is going to switzerland by air/or by train allows me to get ano 90 days visa to stay in Europe

Tks any advice is appreciated


2. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I am not sure how this works for people from singapore, but I know Americans....if we go to the embassy can get one 30 day extension. The other option...and I am not sure about this but I think it does work is to get a flight to a country outside of the EU. While switzerland is not the EU I think it has some sort of special status, where it does not count if you got to that country. Anyway, there are loads of cheap flights all over the place. You could probably get a flight to Sweden or something for 100 euro...thats probably just as much as train ticket to Switzerland. Good luck, but look into,, are loads more just type in cheap airfare europe into google!!

-GRace Marie

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

What maridod is telling you doesn't make any real sense, except for the 30-day extension. Sorry.

Going to Switzerland for a few days will not get you a new visa in Schengen.

My advice to you is either:

1) Leave in June and travel for 90 days through the countries in Europe which are non-Schengen members, like Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Turkey,...

2) Go back to the Ausländeramt in Germany and tell them that you are a an artist working in Germany, that you intend to leave by a certain date (show them flight tickets), that you have enough money to support yourself and kindly ask them to issue you a "Duldung". If you are lucky, you will even get it. With this document you can stay in Germany (usually for another 90 days) after your Schengen visa has expired - but with this you can't travel outside Germany at all except for your flight home.

BTW, please don't confuse EU-Member states with Schengen member states. For example: The UK and Ireland are both EU-members, but not members of the Schengen treaty. Norway is not a member of the EU, but a Schengen member.

Also look at this thread:

4. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Not to get snippy or anything, but if you read closely I ddint suggest going to Switzerland...I actually suggested leaving the Schegan countries, for example...I was saying sweden...or any other country you can get a cheap flight to. Good luck to you...the germany idea sounds pretty good. Let us know what happens.