Short stay Schengen visa is valid for all the states in the Schengen region and has the same rules across the borders of the 26 countries that come under the Schengen agreement.

Which country do citizens need a Schengen visa?

Any person who is traveling to the Schengen states for around 90-days requires a Schengen visa depending upon the visa requirements of the country in which he or she is currently residing.

Countries for whose Passport holders must have a Schengen visa:

Here is a list of the countries for whose citizens it is obligatory to apply for the Schengen visa and get accepted. They cannot cross the external borders of the Schengen region without the Schengen visa. These countries are 105 in total.


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Who needs a Schengen visa pdf


AngolaCote D’ivoireJamaicaNiger
AzerbaijanDem.Rep.Of.CongoKazakhstanNorth Korea
BahrainDjiboutiKenyaNorthern Mariana’s
BangladeshDominican RepublicKosovaOman
BelizeEgyptKyrgyzstanPapua New Guinea
BeninEquatorial GuineaLaosPhilippines
Burkina FasoGabonLibyaSao Tome And Principe
Burma/MyanmarGambiaMadagascarSaudi Arabia
CambodiaGuineaMaldivesSierra Leone
Cape VerdeGuyanaMauritaniaSouth Africa
Central African RepublicHaitiMongoliaSrilanka

Countries for which a Schengen visa is not a requirement: 

Schengen Visa Exempted Country list pdf

Other than the Schengen region countries, there are twenty-nine countries in the world whose citizens are exempted from getting the Schengen visa when crossing Schengen borders.


Albania (Only when the passport is biometric)El SalvadorMoldova(Only when the passport is biometric)
AndorraNorth Macedonia(Only when the passport is biometric)Monaco
Antigua and Barbuda Georgia(Only when the passport is biometric)Montenegro(Only when the passport is biometric)
ArgentinaGrenadaNew Zealand
BahamasVatican City StatePalau
Bosnia And Herzegovina(Only when the passport is biometric)Israel Paraguay
Brunei DarussalamKiribatiSamoa
CanadaMalaysiaSan Marino
ChileMarshall IslandsSeychelles
ColombiaMauritiusSerbia(Only when the passport is biometric excluding Serbian passports given by Serbian Coordination Directorate)
Costa RicaMexicoSingapore
DominicaMicronesiaSolomon Islands
South KoreaSt Kitts And NevisSt Lucia
St Vincent And The GrenadinesTrinidad And TobagoTuvalu
Ukraine(Only when the passport is biometric)United Arab EmiratesUnited States Of America

However, all the people who are residing in these states don’t automatically get exempted from getting the Schengen visa. For instance, a US green card holder whose roots go back to a region which doesn’t come under the list of the countries that are allowed to have visa-free Schengen entry must apply for the Schengen visa.

Not only that, if a US passport holder has been refused to make entry to the Schengen region, due to any reason, must also apply for the Schengen visa at the consulate or embassy of the selected destination. Same goes for other parts of the world.

Different Schengen states’ embassies and consulates worldwide only provide Schengen visa to the foreigners living in the current country when they have a temporary or permanent residence permit.

Others who Don’t Need a Schengen Visa

Other than these, any British national who isn’t the citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the purposes of Union Law doesn’t require a Schengen visa:

  • British Nationals (Overseas)
  • British overseas citizens (BOC)
  • British subjects (BS)
  • British overseas territories citizens (BOTC)
  • British protected persons (BPP)

For the People’s Republic of China, there are two special regions exempted from the need of Schengen visa when traveling to a Schengen region:

  • Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • Macao S.A.R.

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