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Old 19-05-2018, 13:01   #1
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Buying a boat in the Netherlands

Hello,

It may have already been covered in the forums, but we would like to buy a small (10 meter) powerboat in the Netherlands and cruise Europe for 4 - 6 months each year.

I've contacted the Dutch embassy, and they say that an extended holiday does not qualify as a valid reason for a long-stay visa.

How do other cruisers handle this? We want to spend the first years exploring the Netherlands, and then branch out to Germany, France and points beyond, but don't want to be limited to 90 days each year.

We also don't want to leave the boat every 90 days for a 90 day trip to a non-schengen (spelling ?) area.

Any advice?
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Re: Buying a boat in the Netherlands

Oy, not another Schengen thread! (Sorry, couldn't resist!) �� If you're thinking a boat for inland waters only, there's no non-Schengen country to scurry into. In that case, your options are to try other countries for the longer-term residence permit, or (as one forum member suggested in another thread) to go into a syndicate with another couple or two, and everybody uses it 12 weeks then passes it on to the next. If you go for a boat that can handle open water, you can get out of Schengen by crossing the English Channel or the Skagerrak to Norway.
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Old 24-05-2018, 10:05   #3
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 24-05-2018, 11:32   #4
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Crossing to Norway makes no sense since its also in Schengen.
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So it is! Forgive the error! So that leaves the UK.
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Hello,

It may have already been covered in the forums, but we would like to buy a small (10 meter) powerboat in the Netherlands and cruise Europe for 4 - 6 months each year.

I've contacted the Dutch embassy, and they say that an extended holiday does not qualify as a valid reason for a long-stay visa.

How do other cruisers handle this? We want to spend the first years exploring the Netherlands, and then branch out to Germany, France and points beyond, but don't want to be limited to 90 days each year.

We also don't want to leave the boat every 90 days for a 90 day trip to a non-schengen (spelling ?) area.

Any advice?
Other countries are more flexible when applying for extended visa. Try Belgium or France. Once you have an extended visa you can travel within the Schengen Area without problems. Regardless of the country that provided the visa. Although you might need to fly out of Schengen from the country you got the visa from.

Also search the lonely planet forums for tips.
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So it is! Forgive the error! So that leaves the UK.
... and Ireland, Russia and the Faroe Isles.
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What is your nationality? There are several old bilateral treaties in effect that gives specific nationalities 3 extra month in specific Schengen countries in addition to the first 3 months.
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... and Ireland, Russia and the Faroe Isles.
Vatican City is also an option
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