Who needs a VISA: Schengen VISA countries list

If you are a citizen of a country that is not in the Schengen Area, you may require a visa to enter the Schengen zone and travel across its internal borders.

Check for your country on the lists below to find out whether or not this applies to you.

Who requires a Schengen visa?

A) List of countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders of the European Union

AFGHANISTAN
ALGERIA
ANGOLA
ARMENIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BANGLADESH
BELARUS
BELIZE
BENIN
BHUTAN
BOLIVIA
BOTSWANA
BURKINA FASO
BURMA/MYANMAR
BURUNDI
CAMBODIA
CAMEROON
CAPE VERDE
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
CHAD
CHINA
COMOROS
CONGO
COTE D'IVOIRE
CUBA
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
DJIBOUTI
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ECUADOR
EGYPT
EQUATORIAL GUINEA
ERITREA
ETHIOPIA
FIJI
GABON
GAMBIA
GHANA
GUINEA
GUINEA-BISSAU
GUYANA
HAITI
INDIA
INDONESIA
IRAN
IRAQ
JAMAICA
JORDAN
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KUWAIT
KYRGYZSTAN
LAOS
LEBANON
LESOTHO
LIBERIA
LIBYA
MADAGASCAR
MALAWI
MALDIVES
MALI
MAURITANIA
MONGOLIA
MOROCCO
MOZAMBIQUE
NAMIBIA
NAURU
NEPAL
NIGER
NIGERIA
NORTH KOREA
OMAN
PAKISTAN
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
PHILIPPINES
QATAR
RUSSIA
RWANDA
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
SAUDI ARABIA
SENEGAL
SIERRA LEONE
SOMALIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH SUDAN
SRI LANKA
SUDAN
SURINAME
SWAZILAND
SYRIA
TAJIKISTAN
TANZANIA
THAILAND
TOGO
TUNISIA
TURKEY
TURKMENISTAN
UGANDA
UZBEKISTAN
VIETNAM
YEMEN
ZAMBIA
ZIMBABWE
KOSOVO1
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

B) List of countries whose nationals are exempt from holding a visa when crossing the external borders of the European Union

1. States
 ALBANIA2
ANDORRA
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
BAHAMAS
BARBADOS
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA2
BRAZIL
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
CANADA
CHILE
COLOMBIA
COSTA RICA
DOMINICA
EL SALVADOR
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA2
GEORGIA2
GRENADA
GUATEMALA
HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE)
HONDURAS
ISRAEL
JAPAN
KIRIBATI
MALAYSIA
MARSHALL ISLANDS
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MICRONESIA
MOLDOVA2
MONACO
MONTENEGRO2
NEW ZEALAND
NICARAGUA
PALAU
PANAMA
PARAGUAY
PERU
SAMOA
SAN MARINO
SEYCHELLES
SERBIA2 3
SINGAPORE
SOLOMON ISLANDS
SOUTH KOREA
ST KITTS AND NEVIS
ST LUCIA
ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
TAIWAN6
TIMOR-LESTE
TONGA
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TUVALU
UKRAINE2
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
URUGUAY
VANUATU
VENEZUELA
 
2. Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China
 
HONG KONG S.A.R.4
MACAO S.A.R.5
 
3. British citizens who are not nationals of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the purposes of European Union law
 
British nationals (Overseas)
British overseas territories citizens (BOTC)
British overseas citizens (BOC)
British protected persons (BPP)
British subjects (BS)
 
1 As defined by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10 June 1999.
2 The visa exemption applies only to holders of biometric passports.
3 Excluding holders of Serbian passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate (in Serbian: Koordinaciona uprava).
4 The visa exemption applies only to holders of a “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” passport.
5 The visa exemption applies only to holders of a “Região Administrativa Especial de Macau” passport.
6 The exemption from the visa requirement applies only to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.

Exemptions

If you’re from a country whose citizens need an airport transit visa to pass through airports in Schengen countries, you may be entitled to an exemption if you:

Hold a valid visa or residence permit issued by a Schengen state;
Hold a visa valid for a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area, Canada, Japan or the United States;
Hold a valid residence permit issued by a Member State of the European Union or the European Economic Area;
Hold a residence permit issued by the Principality of Andorra, Canada, Japan, Republic of San Marino, or the United States, that guarantees unrestricted right of return;
Are a family member of a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland;
Hold a diplomatic passport;
Are a flight crew member national of a contracting party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.