Austria is the country with the highest number of visa waiver agreements and bilateral agreements with 27 third countries. Italy currently has more than 20 agreements. It is common knowledge that, thanks to the EU`s visa liberalisation policy, citizens of many non-EU countries can stay up to 90 days without a visa in the Schengen area. As a general rule, anyone who is not a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland and who wishes to stay more than 3 months in a Schengen Member State must obtain a national long-stay D visa and/or a residence permit. Australian nationals between the ages of 18 and 30 (or, in some cases, between the ages of 18 and 35) can obtain from some Schengen Member States a national D long-stay visa and/or a residence permit on the basis of a Working Holiday (see below). Schengen Member States also provide national D visas and residence permits for an extended stay for reasons other than those that fulfil the criteria set out in their national immigration policy (e.g. B skilled workers, students, au pairs). Other passport holders may be required to apply for a Schengen visa for a maximum visit of 90 days. For more information, see www.ind.nl (English, Residence Wizard) and www.mfa.nl/can “The use of these visa waiver agreements in combination with the Schengen visa-free agreements is complex.

Each country applies the visa waiver agreements in its own way. In most countries, at the end of your journey through the Schengen area, you must use the Visa Waiver Agreement. Contact the embassy or consulate of the relevant country for details on how they apply visa waiver agreements. Greece, Spain, France, Hungary, Portugal and Sweden only accept regular passports, while in all other cases, Canada`s bilateral visa waiver agreements are available to holders of each passport. Foreign visitors will continue to enjoy visa-free privileges, but permission to travel will be a legal condition of entry. With ETIAS, travelers can stay in the Schengen area for up to three months, the same authorization applies to the entire Schengen area, which means they can move freely from one country to another.