How to read a Schengen visa label ? [fr]

Valid for : Territories where the visa is valid

- If the words “SCHENGEN COUNTRIES” appear on your visa, you are authorized to enter the Schengen area (France, as well as Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic);

- If codes for Schengen countries appear, then the visa is valid only for the countries they refer to: A (Austria), B (Belgium), CH (Switzerland), CZE (Czech Republic), D (Germany), DK (Denmark), E (Spain), EST (Estonia), F (France), FIN (Finland), GR (Greece), H (Hungary), I (Italy), IS (Iceland), L (Luxembourg), LT (Lithuania), LVA (Latvia), M (Malta), N (Norway), NL (Netherlands), P (Portugal), PL (Poland), S (Sweden), SK (Slovakia), SVN (Slovenia);

- If the words “SCHENGEN COUNTRIES” appear, followed by a minus sign in brackets and the codes of certain member countries, then the visa is valid for the entire Schengen area except for the country(ies) that is(are) mentioned;

- If the words “FRANCE + ONE SCHENGEN TRANSIT” appear, the visa authorizes you to transit through only one Schengen country in order to reach France;

- If the word “FRANCE” appears, the visa authorizes entry only into French territory;

- If the words “OVERSEAS DEPARTMENT (FRANCE)” appear, the visa authorizes you to enter only the Department(s) indicated under the heading “Remarks.”

From : Date on which you are authorized to enter the Schengen area

To : Date on which you must leave the Schengen area. Consequently, these two dates indicate the period during which your visa is valid (and not the length of the authorized stay).

Type of visa :

Either “A”: Airport transit visa (this visa does not allow you to leave the “international” zone or the “customs” zone of the airport)

Either “C”: A short-stay visa (a stay of less than 90 days)

Either “D”: Long-stay visa (a stay in France of more than three months)

Number of entries

Either “MULT,” which means you may enter the Schengen area an unlimited number of times

Either “1,” which means you may enter the Schengen area only once

Either “2,” which means you may enter the Schengen area twice

Length of stay : This is the number of days during which you are authorized to stay in the Schengen area (i.e., respecting the validity period of your visa). If the Consulate issued a circulation visa (for one year or more), the number indicated is “90 days,” because you are authorized to stay a maximum of 90 days per six-month period.

Issued at : Place where the visa was issued

The : Date of issuance of the visa

Passport number : Your passport number

Surname, given name : The surname and the given name of the visa holder

Dernière modification : 27/05/2010

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