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Overview:

Official EU sites:

EU Visa policy

Schengen area as of 2013

The Schengen Visa (Short term visa - Visa C)

PRADO - Public Register of Authentic travel and identity Documents Online

  • search for country
    • then document type
      • C - Visa
      • H - Residence related document
        • O - ordinary document

Images with a red X implies that the document is no longer issued.
When a document is selected, an extensive list of technical details will be shown (purpose, dates of issue, security features etc.)

  • selecting the image will show a very high resolution image of the document

The amount of information varies from country to country.


Unofficial sites:

Schengen Visa Types & Validity, Duration of Stay, 90/180 Rule & Visa Sticker

Transit Visas

  • for Airports

    • the link contains list of Citizenships that require such a visa on a EU or country by country base
  • for Seaports

    • only relevant for persons working on a sea vessel (not for passengers)

Implementation of EU 380/2008 uniform format of residence permits in 12 EU states Wikipedia (German only)

  • with an extensive list of residence permit types for each country

Note: at present only the German version contains this information.


Many implementation details are based on the Consulate Guidlines found in the Visumhandbuch, July 2018 - Auswärtiges Amt, PDF in German, which gives details how certain matter should be delt with such as:

  • 'grace' times for time restricted visa
  • checking if previous visits conformed to the Schengen 90/180 clock rules (with many samples)

Based on the official overview, a series of answers will be added to assist users when asking questions

  • what terminology should be used for a specific aspect / type of question
  • what relevant information is needed to answer the question properly

This is intended as a long term wiki theme.

(Assitance is requested to do this properly in an acceptable form)

  • I've downvoted this because it links to an unofficial site that is well known to be poorly maintained. It often contains inaccurate or outdated information. I also suspect that this would be a better fit for Travel, since questions concerning two out of the three visa types (A and C) generally belong there. – phoog Jun 2 at 18:51
  • @phoog can you point out samples of what you deem to be inaccurate or outdated please. Up to now I have not noticed anything that conflicts with what is stated in the visahandbuch. – Mark Johnson Jun 2 at 19:38
  • Outdated: the main page has a map that does not indicate Croatia's EU membership. Inaccurate: their account of the main destination rule on the "how to apply" page. But that could change at any time. They listed the transit visa (type B) for several years after it was abolished. It is generally better to use official sources if possible. – phoog Jun 2 at 20:18
  • @phoog I will look for alternate links tomorrow. The Visa D sub types will be the 'Answer', which will be probably more extensive than the first. This was the reason for the choise of the Expatriate site instead of travel. – Mark Johnson Jun 3 at 18:02
  • @phoog the quality / usefulness of the official sites leaves much to be desired. Please cheack if the present form is acceptable. – Mark Johnson Jun 4 at 8:35

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