Schengen visa calculator
- It is in your hands not to exceed the stay limit on a short-term Schengen visa. This may be more difficult than you think, especially if you have a multiple-entry visa and enter and leave the Schengen area more than twice during its validity.
When it comes to making sure that you are not in breach of your Schengen visa, there are two basic principles to keep in mind:
You must not stay more than 90 days.
You must not stay beyond the “UNTIL” date shown on your visa sticker.
These two principles can sometimes conflict with each other, especially if you have a multiple entry visa. When you make several entries into the Schengen area, it can be difficult to remember how much time you have actually spent in the area.
At some point, you may find yourself in a situation where you have more days left on your visa (i.e. the total time spent in the Schengen area is less than 90 days), but your required departure date is approaching. In any case you should leave the Schengen area on the set “TO” date (UNTIL) on your visa sticker, or earlier, even if you have been in the Schengen area for less than 90 days.
It is therefore very important that you know how to read your visa sticker and know the date when you have to leave the Schengen area.
Please note that you do not need to enter the Schengen area on the exact ‘From’ date shown on your visa sticker. However, bear in mind if you enter the Schengen Area on a date subsequent to the ‘From’ date, the day you actually entered the area will be your actual date of entry and the reference point for calculating the number of days you have been in the area (and how many days you have left on your visa).
The period of time on the visa sticker between “FROM…UNTIL” is often greater than 90 days (the LONGEST PERIOD of stay). This is to enable you to better plan your arrival and departure dates to/from the Schengen area/territory. This does NOT mean that your visa is valid for the entire period, i.e. more than 90 days.
The Schengen visa calculator is a tool to find out how much time is left on your visa and to determine if you comply with the “90 days/180 days” rule.
You can access the Schengen visa calculator online on every page of our website.
Enter your ‘date of entry’ into the Schengen area and then your ‘date of departure’, in the second field.
Click on “calculate”. The fields will show the ‘number of days’ of your trip, the number of days in your ‘Schengen calculation’ and (if applicable) the number of ‘days over limit’.
If you are considering a multiple-entry visa, you can click on “add” to specify the days of entry and exit for another trip.
For example, if you enter an entry date of 01.01.2021 (1 January 2021) and an exit date of 30.04.2021 (30 April 2021) into the calculator, the result will be “number of days”: 120, calculation of Schengen days: 120 out of 90 days, days over the limit: 30. Since you are allowed to stay only 90 days in the Schengen area and your intended stay is 120 days, this would result in exceeding your visa limit by 30 days.
Armed with this information, you can modify your trip accordingly so that your planned visit will not result in an overstay of your visa.
[Important]: Please note, do not take for granted from the final calculations that you will be allowed to stay in the Schengen area for the period they describe. The calculator is not an official source/authority for a Schengen stay, it is a guide only.
- If you have a short-stay Schengen visa, you cannot stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days within a 180-day period; this principle is commonly known as the 90/180 rule and applies to everyone without exception who has a short-stay Schengen visa.
This rule is easy to understand in connection with single entry Schengen visas. If, for example, you have a single-entry Schengen visa and enter the Schengen area on 1 January 2020, you must leave the Schengen area no later than 30 March 2020 – a period of 90 days.
You should especially keep in mind the 90/180 rule if you have a multiple Schengen visa. For example, let’s say you have a multiple-entry Schengen visa valid FROM (FROM) 1 January 2020 to (UNTIL) 30 June 2020. Suppose you stay in the Schengen area for 30 days after entry, leave, return to that area after 50 days, stay for 15, and leave again for 100 days. Technically, you will only spend 45 days in the Schengen area, which is significantly less than the 90-day limit. However, as your visa expires (next to the “UNTIL” on the visa) on 30 June 2020, your visa will be exhausted and you will not be able to re-enter the Schengen area with the same visa.
The 90/180 rule also applies to persons who would like to obtain another Schengen visa after the first one has expired (i.e. for a stay of more than 90 days). This rule has the practical effect of preventing the formation of a kind of long-term Schengen visa out of several short-term ones. Say for example you have a Schengen visa valid for 90 days within a 6-month period and you spend 90 days in the Schengen area. If you try to get a new Schengen visa after spending 90 days during this 180-day period, you should wait until the remaining part of the initial 180-day period (which started from the date of your first entry) has expired in order for the new visa to start a new 180-day period.
A good way to ensure that you have not overstayed your multiple-entry visa is to check the entry/departure stamp in your passport, which will be dated each time you enter and leave the Schengen area.
A monetary penalty.
A multi-year ban on entering the Schengen area.
You will most likely be refused a Schengen visa the next time you try to apply for one. When deciding on a Schengen visa, the consulate will examine your past history to determine if you have ever exceeded the Schengen visa stay limit. All information relating to your Schengen visa history is stored in the Schengen Information System (SIS). Consequently, overstaying a Schengen visa will almost certainly have a negative impact on any future Schengen visas you apply for.
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