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What YOU Need to Know About Schengen | Sailing Wisdom

Have you ever heard of Schengen? Most Americans haven’t! If you ever intend to travel to Europe, you need to watch this video.
We will help prepare you for what we were not prepared for.

Schengen makes travel through Europe seamless, as long as you are only traveling for a short period of time. Travel through Europe on a sailboat and Schengen will pose a challenge!

Blog post with great info on Schengen:

#travel #vlog #Schengen

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  1. It doesn't really matter much whether or not you know all about Schengen when the authorities are clueless! You're not the only foreign cruiser that has run into discrepancies in information at ports – everyone has. I tried talking to SEF (Portuguese Maritime Police & Customs) in the Algarve about bringing a boat into Portugal and all the info I got was completely different than what I had received earlier. Go figure.

    Also, SEF told me that when a boat is required to leave Portugal (you actually have to leave the Schengen region) and re-enter to begin a new cycle, they consider Azores and Madeira to be outside the country. Maybe those Portuguese islands aren't part of Schengen? Anyway, if you're planning to head over to mainland Portugal from Azores at some point, you will probably get a new stamp once you arrive and the clock will reset to the beginning. If not, maybe you can tell them to reset it. Keep in mind that all this might depend on the agent you get!

    Just to be clear, you mention that you can stay for 90 days every 180 days. That is correct, as a tourist, but you must keep in mind that the clock does not stop ticking if you leave for a while and it continues ticking when you return. Once it starts it doesn't stop no matter where you are. I made that mistake and had to pay a fine. I was lucky and only got hit for 80€. And 90 days means 90 days, not 3 months. Who'd a thunk?

    Good luck and please keep us posted if you find your way through the Schengen quagmire!

  2. "What YOU Need to Know About Schengen." You've done it again. Over 400 million people live in Schengen countries (that's more than every single American put together) and they don't need to know ANYTHING, because they live there. Also, it's not Aaaizores, just use your ears, just ask a Portuguese person to say it for you, or any other European for that matter. Please get tuned in, you're embarrassing.

  3. Why should it really matter what happens after the 90 days, they're not going to arrest you put you in prison may be fine you, but just moved down the road how do they know where you are anyway. What's it got to do with the FBI and fingerprints what's that about. How does it work entering America

  4. If you plan is to spend up to 180 days sailing in Schengen zone one solution is to take advantage of current cheap winter airfares such as to Spain to start the 180 day clock, visit for a few days, then leave the Schengen zone. Return to spend the rest of your 90 days in the last half of your 180 day period, when the weather is nice. Then, as you enter the next 180 day period, you can spend up to 90 more days in Schengen. Rinse and repeat. Works for us!

  5. Here two interesting things:

    1. There are a few European countries that will give you (including 'mercans) a passport if you can prove a certain level of ancestry in their country. Ireland is one.
    2. If you are a foreign national claiming new residency in Portugal they will allow you to take income free of tax for 10 years. This includes private pension income.

  6. I live 15 km away from Schengen which is a village in Luxembourg and I have no idea why US sailors made such a fuzz of it. It’s really simple. Hey guys, it’s the same for us EU citizens when we want to sail in the US. Try to sail California and Haiwaii in a limited time. No fun too.

  7. I would like to add to the caution below about VAT tax on your boat.  I decided to buy a VAT paid boat (only needs to be paid once a boat's life in any of the EU countries) rather than try to sail from the US because of this very issue.  You can't depend that your understanding of the Schengen and VAT rules will be the same understanding that an individual Port Captain or customs official will have. Be sure you aren't asked to pay VAT which ranges from 10% in Malta to 17% in France and Germany.  Spain adds an additional tax on top for Spanish residents.  Lots of cruisers spend 3 months in Schengen and then 3 months in Croatia which is supposed to join Schengen next year.  Turkey, or any of the African countries are options.  I would take the extension offered and then head for Morocco.

  8. You folks are dealing with bureaucracy up close and personal. Please convince your family and friends to vote against bigger government! Bigger government = less personal freedoms. This has always been the case, and always will be the case but people's desire for free stuff overrides common sense. Many of our US citizens don't have experience or perspective that you two are enjoying. Thanks and good luck! Vote for freedom!

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