Is it possible to travel in Europe if 90 days of visa-free stay have expired?

Let's deal with one of the most common questions we get! And yet, is it possible to move between EU countries if 90 days have already passed? July 14, 2022 0 2 min

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All EU states provide Ukrainian refugees with temporary protection immediately upon arrival. According to a special EU Directive, temporary protection status guarantees the right to residence, employment, social package and children's access to education until March 4, 2023 with a further possibility of extension.

If you have not yet completed 90 visa-free days of stay in EU within the 180-day period, you can travel both within the EU and travel to Ukraine with a biometric passport.

However, if 90 days within the 180-day period have already ended, then you cannot move freely between EU countries or travel to Ukraine. To do this, you need to apply for a residence permit or a special Schengen visa.

The necessary document can be obtained by applying with the appropriate application to the local migration authorities.

In some countries, this process may take longer from several weeks to several months. As a result, you will receive a plastic card or a sticker in your passport.

Note that some EU member states have extended the period of visa-free stay for Ukrainians, and some immediately make a sticker in their passport equal to a visa or residence permit .

However, departure to Ukraine is possible only by land transport through the Schengen countries, which did not make such exceptions. Therefore, the border services of these countries will be guided by the 90-day visa-free period. If this grace period no longer exists, you may not be allowed back into the host country.

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