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Old 31st December 2015, 03:37 PM
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Questions are often asked if you hold a spouse/partner visa or biometric residence permit, can you travel through other EU countries without visa? Since most other EU countries are covered by Schengen visa, the reply only deals with it.
If you are a visa national for the Schengen countries, the fact that having a UK spouse visa doesn't exempt you from obtaining Schengen visa. Some non-Schengen countries like Ireland may have special rule for UK spouse visa holder, which you need to find out from the country in question. Often their embassy website in London carries details. So for example if you are an Indian national, hold UK spouse visa and want to visit France, you will require Schengen visa in advance - it can't be obtained at the French border, and without it you will be refused to board the flight or Eurostar to France. The fact you hold spouse visa does mean your application will be fast-tracked (at least in theory), you don't have to give details about booked accommodation etc (i.e. you don't need to answer questions on visa application form marked with *) and no fees are charged. Also you are more likely to be issued with a visa valid a year or more (but each stay is limited to 90 in 180 days) so you don't have to get a new visa for each trip.

If you are here under the EU regulations as a family member of non-UK EEA citizen, and you have residence card valid 5 years, then you don't need Schengen visa, provided you travel with your EEA partner or you are joining your partner at the destination. So if you are married to a German citizen and you hold residence card issued by Home Office, you can travel to Spain without Schengen visa with your partner. Such residence card is called Article 10 residence card. Also if you are in UK after utilising Surinder Singh provision and hold residence card, you can visit without Schengen visa. Remember, you must hold residence card and not just EEA family permit or certificate of application (COA), and you must travel with your partner or are reuniting with them. Otherwise you require Schengen visa.

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A long waited excellent answer!

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For organised school trip, she doesn't require a Schengen visa, provided the trip is accompanied by a teacher and she travels with them.
https://www.gov.uk/government/public...er-state-eun07

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Hi Joppa, thanks for all your work and information as usual.

I am a UK citizen, and my spouse is a South African citizen here in the UK on a spousal visa. He has held two previous two year Schengen visas (before we were married). The last visa has just expired, and so we need to apply for the next one. This will be through the Italian Embassy. My question is, that in the past he has applied for a business visa, and some of the trips are for business.

However, would you suggest applying for just a tourist visa as the spouse of a UK citizen or should he just apply for a business visa in his own right as a South African citizen? I notice that you said that he should not have to pay any fee if applying as a spouse of a UK citizen - is this a general rule for all Schengen visa applications? And lastly, would it mean that we would always have to travel together, or could he travel independently on the Schengen visa if it is acquired on the basis of being the spouse of a UK citizen?

Thanks for any help you may be able to offer.

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There is only one kind of Schengen visa, called Type C, for both tourist and business visit. She can get it free on the basis of marriage to you, and she can travel on her own.

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Hi Joppa! Thank you for all your help with my Biometric Resident Permit.
I'm now in the UK and looking to go to Greece for my honeymoon with my husband who is a British Citizen and I'm an Indian national. I spoke to VFS regarding visa application from the UK and they said that apart from the standard tourist visa, I may be eligible for EU/EEA spouse visa that requires less documents, has no visa fees and can be obtained without prior appointment from London. Although this sounds way better, they left the decision of my eligibility & choice of visa to me. Considering I'm on a temporary resident permit valid till 2018 am I ok applying under the short stay EU/EEA spouse category? It would make life much simpler if that's allowed.

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Yes. You are entitled to a priority application and no visa fees.

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Thanks Joppa you are a star! Truly appareciate the clarity this forum brings.

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Hi everyone.

I wanted to ask what documents are actually needed for a Schengen visa for portugal?
I am a british citizen and husband indian citizen. We want to travel to portugal for a short holiday... just wondering how i can obtain the visa?

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