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I am planning 6 months in Montpellier with my family (husband and 7yr old son) next year. Can I enter on a 90 day tourist visa, then go to Spain for a few days, and get a new 90 day tourist visa? Applying for the long-stay visa seems like such a pain...
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Hi,
I am planning 6 months in Montpellier with my family (husband and 7yr old son) next year. Can I enter on a 90 day tourist visa, then go to Spain for a few days, and get a new 90 day tourist visa? Applying for the long-stay visa seems like such a pain...
Thanks for any help!
marie
Going to Spain won't do it. Spain is one of the Shengan states, and the short-stay visa gives you the right to travel throughout all the Shengan countries for 90 days. This gives you 90 days out of every 180 days, so if you were there for 90 days in a row, you would then have to leave for 90 days before going back. Unfortunately, for 6 months, you really have to do the long-stay visa. Here's the page about it: France-Diplomatie

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Like Caroline says, the days of the quick hop across the border to "re-set" a tourist visa are over. The 90 day "stamp in the passport" is actually good for 90 days anywhere in the Schengen zone - there are no longer any border people between Spain and France and you wouldn't be able to get your passport stamped (on exit or re-entry) anyhow.

Depending on what you're planning on doing for the six months you'll be in France, you may find that you'll need to show your visa - renting a place to stay, opening a bank account or any of a number of other administrative functions.
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Like Caroline says, the days of the quick hop across the border to "re-set" a tourist visa are over. The 90 day "stamp in the passport" is actually good for 90 days anywhere in the Schengen zone - there are no longer any border people between Spain and France and you wouldn't be able to get your passport stamped (on exit or re-entry) anyhow.

Depending on what you're planning on doing for the six months you'll be in France, you may find that you'll need to show your visa - renting a place to stay, opening a bank account or any of a number of other administrative functions.
Cheers,
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Dear Bev and Caroline: Wow, thanks so much for responding and clearing this up for me! Okay, gulp, I will start working on the long-stay visa.
Another question: Can I buy my plane tickets to France while working on getting the visa? or do I need to have the long-stay visa first? Ideally, I would prefer to buy the airline tickets now, while the prices are good. Thanks for your help
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Dear Bev and Caroline: Wow, thanks so much for responding and clearing this up for me! Okay, gulp, I will start working on the long-stay visa.
Another question: Can I buy my plane tickets to France while working on getting the visa? or do I need to have the long-stay visa first? Ideally, I would prefer to buy the airline tickets now, while the prices are good. Thanks for your help
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You can buy the tickets now, if you like, but you do run the risk of either having your visa application denied (for whatever reason) and/or not getting your visa in time to make the flights you have booked.
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Dear Bev and Caroline: Wow, thanks so much for responding and clearing this up for me! Okay, gulp, I will start working on the long-stay visa.
Another question: Can I buy my plane tickets to France while working on getting the visa? or do I need to have the long-stay visa first? Ideally, I would prefer to buy the airline tickets now, while the prices are good. Thanks for your help
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Just be careful on this one. I bought my tickets in February for a great deal and was supposed to leave on July 27th. When our visas weren't ready in time, we had to change our tickets, and it cost more than the original tickets!! So, roll the dice if you want to, but be aware that things don't always go as planned. By the way, a visa not coming in time is not a reason that is covered under trip insurance (as I found out). Oh...and don't buy tickets through <snip>, no matter how cheap. Really bad customer service.

Good luck!

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Just be careful on this one. I bought my tickets in February for a great deal and was supposed to leave on July 27th. When our visas weren't ready in time, we had to change our tickets, and it cost more than the original tickets!! So, roll the dice if you want to, but be aware that things don't always go as planned. By the way, a visa not coming in time is not a reason that is covered under trip insurance (as I found out). Oh...and don't buy tickets through <snip>, no matter how cheap. Really bad customer service.

Good luck!

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Thanks much for the advice!

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