How To Use Your Schengen Tourist Visa After The 90-Day Rule

By Mary Charie / 27/09/2016

How To Use Your Schengen Tourist Visa After The 90-Day Rule


Schengen Tourist Visa


The first time I received my Schengen Tourist Visa, I wished that I could use it after the 90-day (continuous stay) cycle. I tried and tried to find any useful answer from the web but couldn’t find any. Thus, this required me to do my own deeper research. Alas! I found the way to legally use the remaining Schengen Tourist Visa, and it’s surprisingly unknown.

Schengen Tourist Visa is a required travel document that a person who is NOT exempted to travel in the Schengen States. There are 26 countries that are part of Schengen, these are;

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland


When you apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa, you are only allowed to use it for 90 days. You can either use it consecutively for 90 days or go back and forth in the Schengen States until you reach the 90 days.

Example Scenario:

When I received my visa, the validation is from June 10th to September 22nd. In total, my visa is valid for 105 days, however, I’m only allowed to stay in Schengen area for 90 days.


Note: Even your Schengen Tourist Visa is valid until the X date, that doesn’t mean you could stay until that date. You have to leave the Schengen area when your 90 days is up.


The excessive 15 days is provided in case you move your flight date. For example, you are planning to enter the Schengen States on the 10th of June, but something came up and you have to move your arrival date to 12th of June, in this case, you still have your 90 days covered. Whilst the single entry, once you enter the Schengen States, after 90 days you have to leave. For multiple entries, you only have to count the days you are within the Schengen States.

For example, your visa is valid from June 10th to September 22nd. You entered Germany on the 10th of June then left the Schengen States on the 9th of July, here you have used 30 days already, and you have 60 more days. Note that you cannot prolong your visa by jumping in and out of the Schengen States. Your visa is valid until September 22nd, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t finish the 90 days.


My 90 Days Is Over, But My Visa Is Still Valid

In my situation, I entered the Schengen area on the 10th of June and planned to stay for 90 days continuously, this requires me to leave on the 7th of September. However, my Schengen Tourist Visa is still valid for another 15 days. Can I do something with it? The answer is big, fat YES.

If you will travel further, this is the best way to put your remaining Schengen Tourist Visa validity into use. Around Europe, there are other countries that require a valid Schengen Tourist Visa to obtain an e-Visa or free entry to a country.


How To Use Your Schengen Tourist Visa After The 90-Day Rule



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With my Philippine passport, I can apply for a Turkish e-Visa online for 20 USD, which I did. >> Here’s the complete Turkey Visa Guide.

However, even I obtained a 30 days e-Visa, I was only allowed to stay in Turkey until my Schengen Tourist Visa is valid (September 22). If you want to fully use the 30 days visa, you can apply to the nearest Turkish Embassy or Online Turkish Consulate.



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You can enter the country with your Schengen Tourist Visa without obtaining any other specific visa. Take note that your Schengen Tourist Visa should be valid when you enter the country. You will get a 30-day visa stamp on your passport. If you don’t have a Schengen Tourist Visa, you can apply for an e-Visa.



How To Use Your Schengen Tourist Visa After The 90-Day Rule

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You can use your Schengen Tourist Visa to enter Romania as long as it’s still valid. You are allowed to stay as long as you want but you have to leave before or on the day that you Schengen Tourist Visa expires. In addition, keep in mind that your Schengen Tourist Visa should at least two or multiple entries. More information here.



How To Use Your Schengen Tourist Visa After The 90-Day Rule

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Travellers holding a valid dual or multiple entries of Schengen Tourist Visa is allowed to enter, stay, and transit Croatia without the demand for an additional visa and/or travel requirement/s. As long as the Schengen Tourist Visa is valid. More information here.



How To Use Your Schengen Tourist Visa After The 90-Day Rule

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A holder of valid Schengen Tourist Visa is allowed to enter and stay in Serbia for a maximum of 90 days within 180 days period. More formation here.


Bosnia and Herzegovina

How To Use Your Schengen Tourist Visa After The 90-Day Rule

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Valid multiple entries visa holder of Schengen Tourist Visa can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina without a visa for a maximum of 15 days ONLY. The traveller should arrive in one if the European Union or Schengen Area member states. More information here.



I hope this information will help you put your valid Schengen Tourist Visa into use. I’ll be keep digging if there are any other countries that you could use your visa in the same way. Drop me a message if anything is confusing!


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About the author

Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

Jeanne - 21/01/2018

When you enter countries like Bulgaria and Serbia, do they use your allocated 90 Schengen visa days?

    Mary Charie - 22/01/2018

    Hello Jeanne,

    Thanks for reading! You can enter those countries with your valid Schengen visa, the time span you can stay for is depends on the each country’s rules. I’m assuming you have multiple entries that’s why you are concern if your 90 days will be used up. It won’t be used up but remember that your visa has to be valid.

    I suggest you check in every country you mentioned how long you can stay beforehand.

    Hope this helps!

Tara - 18/12/2016

Super helpful info. I would have just assumed that you couldn’t stay at all past those 90 days. A great way to travel creatively!

Paul - 18/12/2016

All of the countries you mentioned in the Balkans are amazing and it’s such an amazing region to travel through!

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