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What countries are Schengen States?

Border crossing can be a hassle since there is so much paperwork and requirements from different countries. To help reduce or entirely eliminate the hassle, most countries in Europe became part of the Schengen Area. Here is everything you need to know about it.

What is the Schengen Agreement?

The Schengen Agreement was a treaty that led to the creation of the Schengen area. They are would have the internal border checks in the area abolished, it was initially signed on 14th June 1985 by five countries of the European Economic community. The first countries to sign the agreement were France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. A decade after the agreement was signed. All countries in the European Union save for the U.K and Ireland were a part of it. There have also been countries outside of the EU that have joined in.

Why the name Schengen?

The name comes from the town in Southeastern Luxembourg where the first five countries signed the original Schengen agreement in 1985.

What does this mean for travelers?

The agreement has made it that border checks between signatories have been abolished, so one can travel freely between these countries.  Residents can travel across borders without needing to go to check pointers and there are harmonized visa policies. One can get a Schengen visa for stays of fewer than 90 days.  

What countries are part of the Schengen area?

These are the countries in the Schengen Area:

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

If you are traveling to any of the Schengen countries it is vital that you get your travel documents in order. There will be different requirements for different countries so the best approach would be to talk to the embassy in your area and find out what these regulations are. That way, there is no issue with your travel arrangements.

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