9.1 Visa requirements

The following information is provided by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
For more information, please refer to the original bulletin (last updated 23 July 2013).

Generally, Australian tourists planning to spend less than a total of 90 days within a 180 day period in the 'Schengen area' do not require visas for countries which are parties to the Schengen Convention.

Only the country you plan to visit can provide up-to-date and accurate information about its specific visa requirements. To apply for a visa for France you need to apply in person to the Consulate-General in Sydney.

Travellers who exceed the 90 days within 180 days period of legal stay in the Schengen area risk being fined or even banned from entering the whole Schengen area for a period of time.

The following countries are parties to the Schengen Convention: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Countries that are not part of the Schengen area include the United Kingdom, Ireland, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.

Other important information that you may need to be aware of:
  • You may be refused entry to the Schengen area if you have less than three months validity remaining on your passport from your intended date of departure from the Schengen area.

  • It is important to get your passport stamped when entering the Schengen area. The absence of an entry stamp from the initial Schengen port of entry could result in a fine or create difficulties during subsequent encounters with local police or other authorities throughout the Schengen area.

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