Many people think that a Schengen Visa allows the entry into the Schengen region only; that’s true – but not entirely. There are many non-Schengen countries or non-schengen states – total of 39 – that allow visa free entry to the Schengen visa holders.

There are 26 countries that fall under the Schengen region:

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Denmark
  5. Estonia
  6. Finland
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Hungary
  11. Iceland
  12. Italy
  13. Latvia
  14. Lithuania
  15. Luxembourg
  16. Malta
  17. Netherlands
  18. Norway
  19. Poland
  20. Portugal
  21. Slovakia
  22. Slovenia
  23. Spain
  24. Sweden
  25. Switzerland
  26. Liechtenstein

Reasons Why Non-Schengen Countries Allow Entry to Schengen Visa Holders?

Many non-Schengen countries consider Schengen visa for multiple reasons:

  • The countries which are in line for joining the Schengen visa league have also initiated considering Schengen visas. At present Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Cyprus are soon to be enlisted in Schengen zone
  • The applicant evaluation procedure for Schengen visa is very detailed and complete background check is made. That’s the reason why non-Schengen countries trust Schengen visa
  • The countries which are not so technologically advanced to carry out detailed check on visa applicants prefer to trust Schengen visa screening procedure.

 

Which Schengen Visa Type is Applicable to Travel to the Non-Schengen States?

Only a short-term C-type Schengen visa could be used to travel to the below mentioned non-Schengen countries. In some countries, only multiple-entry Schengen visas allow travelers to enter their state.

 

List of Non-Schengen Countries that Honor Schengen Visa:

Here is the complete list of the country to allow the visa-free entry to the Schengen visa holders:

Country Name Applies To Days of Stay Any other Important Information
Mexico All Nationalities Up to 180 Days
Belize All Nationalities Up to 30 Days
El Salvador Only Indian passport holders Up to 90 Days As per C-4 countries agreement, the applicant should enter El Salvador by land route from Guatemala. According to the agreement between C-4 countries, free movement between C-4 countries is allowed via land only.
Guatemala Only Indian passport holders Up to 90 Days
Honduras Only Indian passport holders Up to 90 Days As per C-4 countries agreement, the applicant should enter Honduras by land route from Guatemala. According to the agreement between C-4 countries, free movement between C-4 countries is allowed via land only.
Nicaragua Only Indian passport holders Up to 30 Days As per C-4 countries agreement, the applicant should enter Nicaragua by land route from Honduras. According to the agreement between C-4 countries free movement between C-4 countries is allowed via land only.
Antigua and Barbuda All Nationalities Up to 30 Days
Aruba All Nationalities Up to 30 Days
Bahamas Only Indian passport holders Up to 30 Days
Curacao China, Dominican Republic and Indian passport holders Up to 30 Days
Haiti Colombia, Dominican Republic and Panama passport holders Up to 180 Days
Jamaica Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Motenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia Up to 30 Days
Sint Maarten All Nationalities Up to 30 Days
Argentina Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauricio, Moldova, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Palaos, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome And Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe Up to 90 Days Applicant must consider the following point before travelling here:

·        The applicant must have category C Schengen visa

·        The visa validity must be of minimum 3 months from the day of entry

·        Traveler should apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before entering Argentina

·        Cost of eTA is US$50 and takes up to 20 working days for approval

Colombia Cambodia, China, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam passport holders only Up to 90 Days
Peru India and China passport holders only Up to 180 Days Schengen visa permit should not be less than six months
Albania All Nationalities Up to 90 Days Applicant must have made at least one entry to the visa issuing country
Andorra All Nationalities Up to 90 Days Although entry to Andorra doesn’t require visa but since entry to Andorra is only possible via France or Spain for whom applicants require Schengen visa

Only double entry or multiple entry Schengen visa is applicable as  it is only possible to enter Andorra through any Schengen state

Belarus China, Gambia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa, Vietnam passport holders only Up to 30 Days The applicant should have used Schengen visa at least once before entering Belarus.

The applicant should only enter and depart from Minsk National airport.

Bosnia and Herzegovina All Nationalities except Kosovo passport holder Up to 30 Days The visa validity must be of minimum 30 days from the day of entry

 

Bulgaria All Nationalities Up to 90 Days
Croatia All Nationalities Up to 30 Days
Cyprus All Nationalities Up to 90 Days The traveler’s stay should not be more than 90 days within the given 180 day visa expiry period
Georgia All Nationalities Up to 90 Days
Kosovo All Nationalities Up to 15 Days
Macedonia All Nationalities Up to 15 Days The visa expiry date should be at least 5 days more than the planned period of stay

The continuous period of stay should not be more than 3 months out of 6 month visa validity time period

Moldova China, Kuwait, and Qatar passport holders only Up to 90 Days
Monaco All Nationalities Up to 90 Days Entering Monaco doesn’t demand visa requirement but since entry and exit to Monaco is only possible via France which requires a Schengen visa

Only multiple or at least double entry Schengen visa is applicable as an entry point of Monaco is through a Schengen visa zone

Montenegro All Nationalities Up to 30 Days
Romania All Nationalities Up to 90 Days Applicant’s Schengen visa should have at least two remaining entries on visa and the period of the visit shouldn’t have expired.
San Marino All Nationalities Up to 90 Days Entering San Marino doesn’t demand visa requirement but since entry and exit to San Marino is only possible via Schengen visa territory, so the applicant should carry a Schengen visa

Only multiple or at least double entry Schengen visa is applicable as entry point of San Marino is through a Schengen visa zone

Serbia All Nationalities Up to 90 Days
Turkey Afghanistan
Angola
Bangladesh
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Cote d’Ivoire
Congo, Dem. Rep, of
Congo, Rep. of
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea

Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
India
Iraq
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mozambique
Nepal
Niger

Nigeria
North Korea
Pakistan
Philippines
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Somalia
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Vietnam
Yemen
Zimbabwe

 

Though visa is needed but the applicant can apply through e-visa to enter with Schengen visa
Vatican City All Nationalities Up to 1 Day only Although the Vatican city doesn’t need a visa since entry and departure to the city is possible only from Italy which demands Schengen visa
Oman Albania
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bhutan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
China
Costa Rica
Cuba
El Salvador

Georgia
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Iran
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Maldives

Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Peru
Russia
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Vietnam

 

Up to 30 Days Visa is needed but the applicant can apply for 30 days eVisa when holding a Schengen visa
Qatar All Nationalities Up to 30 Days
Sao Tome and Principe All Nationalities Up to 15 Days
Philippines China and India passport holders only Up to 07 Days(China Passport), Up to 14 Days(Indian Passport)
Taiwan China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam Up to 14 Days Although there’s no visa requirement but the applicant must apply for Republic of China Travel Authorization Certificate

online before making entry to Taiwan. The certificate is applicable for 90 days.

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