We are getting a lot of visa questions here and the high number of already existing questions and answers makes it hard to keep track at times.

My feeling after being on the site for a while is that user @GayotFow does an excellent job at keeping the UK-visa questions sorted, due to extraordinary commitment for this site.

For Schengen visa question there are similarly highly-engaged users on here (and thanks, applause and +1s for them from me) but I do recently get the feeling that we are not answering Schengen visa questions as efficiently as we could.

  • I see a lot of questions that get answered even though very likely there is a duplicate for them already out there somewhere.
  • On the other hand some questions get closed as duplicates even though they do not really answer the closed question.

I have tried pointing out so in comments and chat recently but I am no expert myself and often get lost or don't have the time.

Therefore, should we create a community wiki answer to this question that lists the most frequently asked Schengen questions and the canonical answers to them so that we can easily and quickly close new questions as duplicates.?

Below I will post a meager start and invite everyone to contribute to this post.

Related discussions on closing as duplicates are plenty on here and I invite everyone to be careful when closing as dupes.

There had been a request for a blog post as far back as 2013 that never took off, to my knowledge. This post here (also from 2013) is much related and could be a good starting point for further CW entries.

Edit: It has been suggested in chat to justify the premise for this suggestion quantitatively. Below is a plot that shows the number of Questions tagged since the beginning of time and the number of such questions closed as duplicates.

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You might marvel at the seasonal effect but the message here is that we get up to 75 Schengen questions a month (possibly more since bad questions might never get tagged correctly) and close on average 30% of those as duplicates. Searching for a good dupe can be cumbersome among the 1,444 questions tagged as of right now and therefore the suggested community wiki answer.

  • By my interpretation this proposal is ass-about-face to the one given here meta.travel.stackexchange.com/questions/3779/… which you have endorsed.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 9:47
  • @GayotFow might look like irony but my position still is "I'm in principle pro-canonicals but in that case I feel like the canonical should address the new Q before closing". The proposal you link to is about closing Qs with dupes that do not answer them (yet), the idea here is to give an overview of good posts, you could also just use these posts as a resource to cite from as well as to dupe-close.
    – mts
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 10:00
  • This one is supported by HARD evidence, the other is not. So the community is more likely to accept this proposal before the other one. If this proposal carries, I will happily jump on board.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 15:48
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    what is happening with this?
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 18:55
  • If the questions are truly identical in meaning, and neither has an answer, shouldn't one of them be closed anyway (with a redirection to the other)? If they are not identical, but are similar (OFTEN the case for alleged duplicates), perhaps one should be closed and the other edited to cover both questions.
    – WGroleau
    Commented Sep 1, 2017 at 18:41
  • @JonathanReez Worth adding this to the list of duplicates? travel.stackexchange.com/questions/95686/… to the list of duplicates?
    – Traveller
    Commented Aug 3, 2019 at 17:42
  • @Traveller definitely. Feel free to add anything that has at least three duplicate questions.
    – JonathanReez Mod
    Commented Aug 4, 2019 at 15:44

2 Answers 2


Suggested Syntax:
- [link to dupe] (possibly comments)

Where should I apply?

Application requirements

Calculation of days

Requirements for entry

Traveling within the Schengen area

Switching from long-term visas to short-term ones and vice-versa

EU Family Member visas

Changes of itinerary (within same country)

Country that issued my visa vs. countries I'm actually visiting

Transiting through the Schengen area

Can I arrive the night before and wait airside until I pass through immigration?

Visa refusals


Multiple Schengen visas at the same time / Overlapping Schengen visa

Using visas from other countries to enter the Schengen area

Using Schengen visas to enter other countries

Getting a Schengen visa but not using it

Getting a multiple-entry for two separate trips to the Schengen area

Schengen residents

Schengen Microstates

Statistics about the Schengen area members

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    @pnuts feel free to move it
    – JonathanReez Mod
    Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 11:00
  • Hello? Why isn't this ball rolling? The site is 6+ years old and we are still answering one-dimensional Schengen enquiries. Uncool. What's happening here on this proposal?
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 17:12
  • @JonathanReez travel.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/80445 — once my edit is accepted, I suggest removing the list from meta to avoid desynchronization. Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 22:33
  • @Gilles edit approved, but I'd rather keep it in Meta for easier collaboration
    – JonathanReez Mod
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 22:38

Core documents to be used as part of answering questions:


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