Although we are not paying attention to all these changes in this blog post, there are some important changes: travellers will only be able to extend their stay within the Member State concerned on the basis of a bilateral agreement, and to facilitate this, longer stays will be recorded with a new entry/exit system (SEA) in order to strictly control the border crossing. In accordance with Article 60 of the Regulation (EU) 2017/2226, visa-free third-country nationals may stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days over a period of 180 days, in exceptional cases or under a bilateral treaty. I am a citizen of the United States and I am currently living in Poland under the bilateral agreement between Poland and the United States. I am in the process of obtaining a work permit and then applying for a residence. I am definitely above my 180 days of Schengen. For those who are surprised, the exit from the Schengen area and the return of Poland (in and out of Ukraine) were very easy. What many travellers do not know is that they have the option of remaining visa-free for more than three months in some European countries, in accordance with eu-bilateral agreements. Secondly, the example above would leave a passport with a legal stay of 90 days, but it would also leave the passport with a different entry into a Schengen country, although a country with a bilateral visa agreement, that is before the window of 180. Did anyone travel in an exemplary manner and came back a year later and was he asked about it? Yes, while extended stays may continue, this system has recently been modified to make it more restrictive for people to extend their stays on the basis of bilateral agreements. Thus, nationals of countries that have bilateral visa-free agreements may remain in the respective Member States for a longer period of time, regardless of the 90/180 rule which came into force later under the Schengen Agreement.
Bilateral visa agreements can be used if the visitor plans to spend more than 90 days in the Schengen area. This article contains information on the agreements between the EU and third countries on visa-free travel and on how third-country nationals can benefit from an extended stay in Europe. But what many do not know is that before the Schengen rules came into force, there were already different bilateral agreements between the EU and third countries. Canadian nationals intending to use the bilateral agreement should bear in mind that they should not enter the Schengen area via Denmark or any of the Nordic countries. If they spend some time in Denmark and/or other Nordic countries during the first 90 days of their visa waiver period in accordance with the schengen agreement, they cannot apply for visa exemption for Denmark and the Nordic countries for the next 90 days. For example, we go to the UK in Iceland and Norway for about 3 weeks, and then to other parts of Europe for about 4 months. Would our time in the Nordic countries be taken into account for our time in the Schengen area? I will not bore you with the details and history of bilateral visa waiver agreements, but in fact, these agreements allow different passport holders to stay in certain countries without compromising their 90-day Schengen visa.