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US Citizen making frequent visits to EU on a Swiss Student Visa

I'm a US Citizen and I've applied for a student visa to Switzerland from September to January (I'll be an exchange student at UNIL.) While I'm studying there, I'm thinking of taking weekend trips to France or Germany (or any of the nearby EU countries.) I know that I can enter the EU for 90 days without a visa.

Now I'm staying in Switzerland longer than 3 months. Suppose I decide to visit the EU shortly after arriving in Switzerland on the Student visa and I want to visit the EU for a weekend again 100 days later. Will I also need an EU visa to do this or not (since I'm not physically in the EU for anywhere near 90 days total)?
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Re: US Citizen making frequent visits to EU on a Swiss Student Visa

As an American citizen you do not need a visa to enter France or Germany. You only need your passport and you are able to stay up to three months per year in each country.

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I'm a US Citizen and I've applied for a student visa to Switzerland from September to January (I'll be an exchange student at UNIL.) While I'm studying there, I'm thinking of taking weekend trips to France or Germany (or any of the nearby EU countries.) I know that I can enter the EU for 90 days without a visa.

Now I'm staying in Switzerland longer than 3 months. Suppose I decide to visit the EU shortly after arriving in Switzerland on the Student visa and I want to visit the EU for a weekend again 100 days later. Will I also need an EU visa to do this or not (since I'm not physically in the EU for anywhere near 90 days total)?
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Old 28.06.2008, 11:45
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As an American citizen you do not need a visa to enter France or Germany. You only need your passport and you are able to stay up to three months per year in each country.
It's for three months for all 15 Schengen countries together.
You can't spend three months in France then three months in Germany.
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