Question from yo, How Long Can a Colombian Citizen Stay in Spain Without a Visa?
Answer from AI:
As a general rule, Colombian citizens can stay in Spain, or any other country in the Schengen Area, for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. This rule is based on the Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code).
Understanding the 90/180 Rule
The 90/180 rule means that you can stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within any 180-day period. This period starts from the date of your first entry. It’s important to note that the 90 days can be continuous or divided into several stays over the 180-day period.
Exceptions to the Rule
There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if you have a long-term visa or a residence permit for one of the Schengen countries, the 90/180 rule does not apply in that country. However, it still applies for travel in other Schengen countries.
Overstaying your welcome in the Schengen Area can have serious consequences. You may be fined, deported, and/or banned from entering the Schengen Area for a certain period of time.
When Legal Advice Might Be Necessary
If you plan to stay in Spain or any other Schengen country for longer than 90 days, or if you want to work or study there, you will need a visa. The process of obtaining a visa can be complex and may require legal advice.
It’s always recommended to consult with a legal professional for personalized advice. They can help you understand the requirements and guide you through the application process.
- The European Commission’s website provides information on the Schengen visa policy.
- The Schengen Visa Info website offers a calculator to help you track your stays in the Schengen Area and avoid overstaying.