The various types of Schengen visas allows an individual to freely move within the entire Schengen Zone which encompasses the European Union Schengen member countries and also the EFTA Schengen members, for as long as the visa holds its validity and time period constraints.
Various restrictions are applicable to the different visa types based on the Schengen consulate or embassy which issues them. It also depends on the nature of travel and other relevant situations.
There are three categories under this visa- A,B and C.
A Category: Depicts Airport Transit Visa permits the visa holder to sojourn through the international zone of Schengen Country Airport without actually entering any of the Schengen areas. This visa is a must for citizens of one non-Schengen state who are travelling to another but need to halt in a Schengen Country airport for a change of flights.
B Category: Stands for Transit Visa which allows one to transit via one Schengen country by car, coach or plane to reach a non-Schengen country within 5 days.
C Category: It is a short-term visa which permits the holder to live in a Schengen country for a specified duration, depending on how long the visa holds good. It is again available in three forms as mentioned below:-
Single Entry Visa- Only allows a person to enter into a Schengen country on a one-time basis. This means that even if you leave that country within the visa validity period, you won’t be allowed to come back.
Double Entry Visa - This is similar to the above. The only difference lies in the fact that you are allowed to enter, leave and then enter a second time without any hassles. However, the visa won’t be useful once the second opportunity is lost.
Multiple Entry Visa - It permits an individual to enter and leave a Schengen country several times as he or she wishes. The only hitch is that it allows the holder to stay in a Schengen Zone for 90 days at a stretch within the first half of a year, from the day one enters the territory.
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