What countries I can visit with Schengen visa?

There are 26 countries you can visit with Schengen visa. But, there are also 39 non-Schengen countries that you can travel VISA-FREE with Schengen visa.

Many think that a Schengen visa is only for the Schengen zone. Yes, of course, it is. But many non-Schengen countries also honor Schengen visa as their own visa.

Why do non-Schengen countries honor Schengen visa?

There are several reasons why non-Schengen countries honor Schengen visas –

Reason 1: Countries soon to be included in the Schengen agreement
Countries that are in the process of joining the Schengen zone have already started honoring Schengen visas. Currently, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Cyprus are in the process of joining the Schengen zone.

Reason 2: Countries trust Schengen visa screening process
Schengen visa applicants are screened thoroughly for their strong ties with home countries. Countries simply trust the Schengen visa screening.

Reason 3: Countries that lack infrastructure, technology or manpower
Countries may not have the required infrastructure, technology or the manpower to screen applicants as thorough as Schengen visa.

What countries are included in the Schengen visa?

The following 26 countries are included in the Schengen visa.

  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. Liechtenstein
  15. Lithuania
  16. Luxembourg
  17. Malta
  18. Netherlands
  19. Norway
  20. Poland
  21. Portugal
  22. Slovakia
  23. Slovenia
  24. Spain
  25. Sweden
  26. Switzerland

Apart from the above 26, there are about 39 non-Schengen countries you can visit with Schengen visa.

What Schengen visas are eligible for non-Schengen countries?

The following Schengen visas can be used to travel non-Schengen countries

  • Short-term C-Type Schengen visa

Some countries require the Schengen visas to be multiple-entry and have been used at least once to enter the Schengen zone.

So, without further due, let’s jump in.

01. Mexico

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 180 days
  • Source: Secretary of Foreign Relations, Mexico, Consulate of Mexico in Washington DC, USA, Consulate of Mexico in Toronto, Canada and Consulate of Mexico in India

02. Belize

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Belize.com, Belize High Commission in London and Consulate of Belize in Alberta, Canada

03. El Salvador

  • Applies to India passport holders only
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Must enter El Salvador by land from Guatemala. Unrestricted travel between the CA-4 countries (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua) by land is allowed as per Central America-4 Border Control Agreement.
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador

04. Guatemala

  • Applies to India passport holders only
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala and Embassy of India in Guatemala

05. Honduras

  • Applies to India passport holders only
  • Must enter Honduras by land from Guatemala. Unrestricted travel between the CA-4 countries (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua) by land is allowed as per Central America-4 Border Control Agreement.
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador on CA-4

06. Nicaragua

  • Applies to India passport holders only
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Must enter Nicaragua by land from Honduras. Unrestricted travel between the CA-4 countries (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua) by land is allowed as per Central America-4 Border Control Agreement.
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador on CA-4

07. Antigua and Barbuda

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Department of Immigration, Antigua and Barbuda and Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda in NYC

08. Aruba

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Visit Aruba

09. Bahamas

  • Applies to India passport holders only
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Bahamas.com and TIMATIC

10. Curaçao

  • Applies to China, Dominican Republic and India passport holders only
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Curaçao Tourism and Netherlands and You

11. Haiti

  • Applies to Colombia, Dominican Republic and Panama passport holders only
  • Entry up to 180 days
  • Source: Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Washington DC

12. Jamaica

  • Applies to the following passport holders only
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Consulate General of Jamaica in NYC and Jamaica Immigration Department

13. Sint Maarten

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Government of Sint Maarten

14. Argentina

  • Applies to the following passport holders only
  • The Schengen visa must be Category C visa only (work/student/residency are not eligible)
  • The visa must be valid for at least 3 months from the day of entry into Argentina
  • Must apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before arrival
  • eTA fee is $50 USD and processing time is 20 working days
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Department of Immigration of Argentina and Consulate General of Argentina, Toronto

15. Colombia

  • Applies to Cambodia, China, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam passport holders only
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia

16. Peru

  • Applies to India and China passport holders only
  • The Schengen visa must have been granted for at least 6 months
  • Entry up to 180 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peru and Embassy of India in Lima, Peru

17. Albania

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Must have used the visa to enter the issuing country at least once
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania

18. Andorra

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Andorra doesn’t require any visa, but entry/exit to Andorra is only through Spain or France which requires a Schengen Visa
  • Schengen visa must be multiple-entry or at least double-entry as the entry/exit to Andorra is only through the Schengen zone
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Andorra and All Andorra

19. Belarus

  • Applies to the following passport holders only
  • Must have used the Schengen visa at least once
  • Must enter and exit through Minsk National Airport only
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

20. Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Applies to all nationalities except Kosovo passport holders
  • The visa must be valid for at least 30 days from the date of entry
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in India and Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Norway

21. Bulgaria

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria

22. Croatia

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, VFS Global, India and VFS Global, UAE

23. Cyprus

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Stay must not exceed 90 days in any 180 day period
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus

24. Georgia

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

25. Kosovo

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 15 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo and AAB College in Kosovo

26. Macedonia

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • The visa must be valid for at least 5 days beyond the intended period of stay
  • Total duration of consecutive stays must not exceed 3 months in any 6 months period
  • Entry up to 15 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia

27. Moldova

  • Applies to China, Kuwait and Qatar passport holders only
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova

28. Monaco

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Monaco doesn’t require any visa, but entry/exit to Monaco is only through France which requires a Schengen Visa
  • Schengen visa must be multiple-entry or at least double-entry as the entry/exit to Monaco is only through Schengen zone
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Government of Principality of Monaco and Visit Monaco

29. Montenegro

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro

30. Romania

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • The existing Schengen visa must allow at least two entries and the entries/length of stay has not been exhausted
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Tourism of Romania and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania

31. San Marino

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • San Marino doesn’t require any visa, but entry/exit to San Marino is only through Italy which requires a Schengen Visa
  • Schengen visa must be multiple-entry or at least double-entry as the entry/exit to San Marino is only through Schengen zone
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Visit San Marino

32. Serbia

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 90 days
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia

33. Turkey

  • Applies to the following passport holders only
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for a 30 day eVisa online.
  • Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey

34. Vatican City

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Vatican City doesn’t require any visa, but entry/exit to Vatican City is only through Italy which requires a Schengen Visa
  • Entry up to 1 day (There are no accommodation facilities for tourists in Vatican City)

35. Oman

  • Applies to the following passport holders only
  • Visa in NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for 30 day eVisa
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Sultanate of Oman, Royal Oman Police

36. Qatar

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for eTA and then avail Visa ON ARRIVAL at international airports in Qatar
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Qatar Tourist Authority and Ministry of Foreign Interior, Qatar

37. São Tomé and Príncipe

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 15 days
  • Source: Consulate of São Tomé and Príncipe in the Netherlands and São Tomé and Príncipe Tourism Department

38. Philippines

  • Applies to only India and China passport holders
  • Entry up to 14 days (India passport holders)
  • Entry up to 7 days (China passport holders)
  • Source: Embassy of Philippines in Singapore and Embassy of Philippines in India

39. Taiwan

  • Applies to Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam passport holders only
  • Visa is EXEMPT but must apply online for Republic of China Travel Authorization Certificate (Valid for 90 days) before arrival
  • Entry up to 14 days
  • Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)

40. Bonaire (Kingdom of the Netherlands)

  • Applies to all nationalities
  • Entry up to 30 days
  • Source: Bonaire Travel Guide, VFS Global India – Dutch Caribbean Visas and The Netherlands and You

41. Gibraltar (British Territory)

  • Applies to China, India, Mongolia, Morocco and Russia passport holders only
  • Entry up to 21 days
  • The Schengen visa must have a remaining validity of at least 7 days on the day of departure from Gibraltar
  • Source: Government of Gibraltar and Gibraltar Borders & Coastguards Agency

42. Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has recently announced visa on arrival for valid schengen visa holders provided that schengen visa is valid and has been used at least once.

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