Originally Posted by Sailcat
So the question at hand is if I could get separate 90 day visas in other EU counties and hop from port to port. Noonsite reports that France won't reissue for 6 mo. I'll do as you suggest and research other posts but maybe someone could address my suggestion.
What do others do? I know there must be some way like getting a sponsor like we do here in the US. I would like to retire in Europe, preferably France. I'm 62 and will try and make this happen by next year.
countries that are part of the Schengen agreement.
- Czech Republic
When a US citizen arrives in any of the Schengen countries he/she will get ONE visa that is good for travel to all of the countries. You don't get different visas for each one, period. It is just like they are one country for visa purposes. In fact if you fly, drive or train between two Schengen countries you will not even go through a passport check.
You cannot get an extension on the visa or get another visa from a different country. You get 90 days cumulative to stay over 180 days. After 180 days you can get 90 more days. That's it. No loop holes, no nothing.
The ONLY option is to go to a specific country and apply for a long term visa like a student visa or residents visa and these are very difficult to get and involve a lot of paperwork IF you can get one at all.
Like I said, this has been discussed on this forum numerous times in great detail and every question or idea you can come up with has been asked and hashed over.
The most recent is here. Another Schengen Thread
There are many more if you use the CF search feature and just type in Schengen.
The whole Schengen thing was set up to make travel to Europe easier and it does that for the average tourist. However it causes a headache for a cruiser that wants to stay longer. I have the same idea as you and have been looking for an easy answer for a couple of years and it just isn't there.