The Extra Mile

Can you use a Schengen visa on more than one trip to different countries?

We answer your travel questions

15 December 2019 - 00:00
SA passport holders require a visa to visit a Schengen-area state.
SA passport holders require a visa to visit a Schengen-area state.
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Q: My wife has a SA passport. In April she will travel to the Netherlands for four days. In August we are taking a 10-day river cruise starting in the Czech Republic and ending in Germany and travelling through Hungary and Austria. Can my wife apply for a multiple-entry Schengen visa valid for a year from the Dutch government and use it four months later for the trip starting in the Czech Republic as well? - R Moos

A: Usually one must apply for a Schengen visa for the country in which you will spend the most time, regardless of whether it is your port of entry into the Schengen area.

A multiple-entry visa should allow you entry to any country in the Schengen area without question.

I previously held a five-year multiple-entry Schengen visa for France but used it on a number of trips to other EU countries without hassles. However, the EU has tightened up its visa regime. Apply for the Dutch multiple-entry visa anyway. Meanwhile, you should seek clarity directly from the Czech embassy: the email address is consulate_pretoria@mzv.cz.

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