How to legally stay in Europe for more than 90 days

If you want to travel to Europe, you’ll need to get yourself a visa to make sure you’re legally allowed to roam around, there is just one problem though. They only last for 90 days so if you want to visit for longer, you’ll have to leave and come back, right? There are ways you can stay in Europe for more than 90 days, without breaking the law. Here’s how!

The rule doesn’t apply to all of Europe

There is one simple way of navigating around the 90-day rule, go to somewhere in Europe where the rule doesn’t apply. The 90-day visa applies only to the region in Europe known as the Schengen Area. This covers many countries, mostly those members of the European Union. There are several places in eastern Europe that do the visa does not apply to, countries such as Belarus, Croatia, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine.

Then there are a few other countries such as Cyprus and Albania where it does not apply, and crucially the UK and Ireland do not fall into the Schengen Area. You can hop between these countries following your visit to make sure your trip lasts longer than just three months

Job-seekers visa

If you apply for a job seekers visa, you will be given 6 months grace to try and find yourself a job while in Europe. You’ll need to hold a university degree, but this will allow you to live in Europe for up to six months while searching for a job. You’ll need to apply for this visa in advance of entering the region though, so make sure if you’re planning on going for longer, or even staying forever, that you apply well in advance.

Working holiday visa

If you want to travel to Europe to soak up some of the cultures and are planning on an extended stay, you’ll probably need to pick up some work to make sure you can continue to fund important things like food and shelter. You can apply for a working holiday visa which will allow you to stay but will have to prove that you have enough savings to sustain yourself should you fail to get a job. You’ll need to have around $5,000 in the bank to prove that you are serious about things. Several countries, such as Italy, Sweden, or France offer long-term visas that allow you to stay there for an extended period of time as long as you have a job to go to when you get there.

Infinite loop

The Schengen Area requires you to leave after 90 days and will take 180 days to reset, allowing you to renew a new 90-day visa. During this time you can stay in the UK for 90 days then head to the Balkan region for another 90 then you’ll be able to re-enter the Schengen Area. You can continue to do this for as long as you want or can afford.

If you really want to visit Europe for more than 90 days without breaking the law there are a few things you can do to make sure you are there legally. There are more places in Europe than just the Schengen Area, so you can explore those regions whole you are doing your 180-day visa refresh. With this knowledge, you can hang out in Europe as long as your budget will allow you, as long as you don’t mind moving around occasionally.