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 NameApplies ToDays of Stay
MexicoAll NationalitiesUp to 180 Days
BelizeAll NationalitiesUp to 30 Days
El SalvadorOnly Indian passport holdersUp to 90 Days
GuatemalaOnly Indian passport holdersUp to 90 Days
HondurasOnly Indian passport holdersUp to 90 Days
NicaraguaOnly Indian passport holdersUp to 30 Days
Antigua and BarbudaAll NationalitiesUp to 30 Days
ArubaAll NationalitiesUp to 30 Days
BahamasOnly Indian passport holdersUp to 30 Days
CuracaoChina, Dominican Republic and Indian passport holdersUp to 30 Days
HaitiColombia, Dominican Republic and Panama passport holdersUp to 180 Days
JamaicaAlbania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Motenegro, Romania, Serbia, SloveniaUp to 30 Days
Sint MaartenAll NationalitiesUp to 30 Days
ArgentinaAlbania, 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, ZimbabweUp to 90 Days
ColombiaCambodia, China, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam passport holders onlyUp to 90 Days
PeruIndia and China passport holders onlyUp to 180 Days
AlbaniaAll NationalitiesUp to 90 Days
AndorraAll NationalitiesUp to 90 Days
BelarusChina, Gambia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa, Vietnam passport holders onlyUp to 30 Days
Bosnia and HerzegovinaAll Nationalities except Kosovo passport holderUp to 30 Days
BulgariaAll NationalitiesUp to 90 Days
CroatiaAll NationalitiesUp to 30 Days
CyprusAll NationalitiesUp to 90 Days
GeorgiaAll NationalitiesUp to 90 Days
KosovoAll NationalitiesUp to 15 Days
MacedoniaAll NationalitiesUp to 15 Days
MoldovaChina, Kuwait, and Qatar passport holders onlyUp to 90 Days
MonacoAll NationalitiesUp to 90 Days
MontenegroAll NationalitiesUp to 30 Days
RomaniaAll NationalitiesUp to 90 Days
San MarinoAll NationalitiesUp to 90 Days
SerbiaAll NationalitiesUp to 90 Days
Vatican CityAll NationalitiesUp to 1 Day only
QatarAll NationalitiesUp to 30 Days
Sao Tome and PrincipeAll NationalitiesUp to 15 Days
PhilippinesChina and India passport holders onlyUp to 07 Days(China Passport), Up to 14 Days(Indian Passport)
TaiwanChina, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and VietnamUp to 14 Days


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