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How to count days properly while traveling within Europe’s Schengen Countries

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As citizens of the United States of America, we are allowed to travel within Europe’s 26 Countries that are members of the Schengen Agreement.

Per the official Schengen Website at, the Uniform Schengen Visa stands for a permit of one of the Schengen Area Member Countries to transit or reside in the desired territory for a certain period of time up to the maximum of 90 days every six month period starting from the date of entry.

These are the European countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement: Austria, belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Neterlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden & Switzerland.

Watch this video! I explain how any dummy can understand how the day counting for Schengen dates work. .

Here are some helpful links to figure out how to make sure you follow all of the rules to help you stay in compliance and not receive fines or potential blocks from re-entering these countries.. is a MUST visit site if you are an American who wants to travel abroad. Go to this site and visit the International Travel page and then select Countries. You can type in the country you want to visit and see all the rules.

Schengen Website is the place to be to see if there are any updates or information you need to know before or during your trip.

Schengen days Calculator. If you need help tracking your days to ensure you aren’t over staying your welcome, make sure you go here.


25 thoughts on “How to count days properly while traveling within Europe’s Schengen Countries”

  1. So interesting – I wouldn’t have thought of this or even known where to begin looking for this info – thanks for sharing.

  2. I heard of this when I was following a couple traveling for a year. I would have no idea how to go about this.

  3. I have heard about this but didn’t fully understand the rules. Your explanation made it very easy to grasp!

  4. This is really helpful, thanks! Our trip to Copenhagen was canceled because of the pandemic, so we’ve been planning on expanding it into Sweden and perhaps Norway. Definitely saving this post!

  5. I’m learning a lot from your posts. Will direct my American citizen friends to your blog for all these helpful information when travelling.

  6. When I sold guided vacations, we always sent people over to so people could find out what they needed for each country and I was surprised at how many people didn’t know it existed and didn’t even realize how passports and visas worked. It’s definitely a site people should check out before traveling internationally. Great post!

  7. Lol! I love your travel tips for dummies. Informative and you always crack me up. Good info about this, especially for long term travelers like yourselves and those thinking about it.

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