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3 month rule - British passport??

I am confused by the 3 month rule. Does it apply to EU citizens? How does this fit in with free movement rights?

The 3 month rule dictates that you can do 90 days in the Schengen area then you have to do 90 days out. But what happens for example if you come to Switzerland for a week, return to the UK, come back again for a week a month later etc... will they stop you doing this after 90 days? And in other schengen countries too? It seems a bit far fetched, what about business travellers?

I always assumed with a British passport that I was free to travel in Europe as often as I wanted and for as long as I wanted!
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Re: 3 month rule - British passport??

As I understand it, the three month rule does not apply to EU citizens or Schengen residents.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schenge...ntry_nationals

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I am confused by the 3 month rule. Does it apply to EU citizens? How does this fit in with free movement rights?

The 3 month rule dictates that you can do 90 days in the Schengen area then you have to do 90 days out. But what happens for example if you come to Switzerland for a week, return to the UK, come back again for a week a month later etc... will they stop you doing this after 90 days? And in other schengen countries too? It seems a bit far fetched, what about business travellers?

I always assumed with a British passport that I was free to travel in Europe as often as I wanted and for as long as I wanted!
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Old 11.07.2012, 14:47
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Re: 3 month rule - British passport??

Thanks. So it seems I'm ok.

I know I am not free to live or work in Switzerland without a permit, but I always assumed I was free to come and go as I liked as a tourist. I have a job sorted for the winter and me and my fiance (swiss) are in the process of sorting the paperwork to get married, but it's not a quick/easy process. I have been back and forward between the UK and Switzerland since mid April.. so thats 3 months. i'm heading back to the UK next week and didn't want to suddenly find myself stuck there for the next 90 days! Nightmare!
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I was in a similar situation as you many moons ago and I stayed put! I already had a long distance relationship with her before arriving here from UK so the thought of once again being away from my dear wife for 90 days sounded unbearable.

We got married eventually and rest is history. I don't remember exact details but I was stressed just like you and a old govt. office lady gave us grief when we told her that I had been here longer than 3 months I don't know what latest rules are though.

Can I haz edit rights mod?

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Hey, piripiri, I have checked your pming function, it seems fine, so does editing..Try it again, it takes a while to be able to do it for a newbie.

Let me know if it works.

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ETA - I think you still have to wait a little bit, 2 days it seems. Typos, we are all slightly dyslectic here. Worry not, it's poetic.
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I am confused by the 3 month rule. Does it apply to EU citizens?
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The 3 month rule dictates that you can do 90 days in the Schengen area then you have to do 90 days out. But what happens for example if you come to Switzerland for a week, return to the UK, come back again for a week a month later etc... will they stop you doing this after 90 days? And in other schengen countries too? It seems a bit far fetched, what about business travellers?

You have 90 day as a tourist in any 180 day period. So if you are in one week out the next it should be fine. Once you pass your 90 days you are no longer a tourist and in Switzerland you need to register and get the appropriate permit.


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I always assumed with a British passport that I was free to travel in Europe as often as I wanted and for as long as I wanted!
That's a bit of a misunderstanding. Your are either tourist or you are not. And you need to follow the rules as set out by each country for long stays.
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