Thanks to all for your help so far. I’m trying to make sure what I want to do is possible before I buy a boat as if I find out it’s not possible it becomes an disappointing and expensive exercise!!
I’m thinking of trying to get a 1 yr long stay Visa for France
and there are a few concerns:
Firstly, if I want to sail for two summers in the Med, does anyone know whether I have access to 3 months in the Schengen zone both before and after the 12 months visa? [i.e. 3 mths in France/Italy/Greece etc followed by a 12 mths visa followed by 3 mths Shengen access within Greece/Italy/France].
Secondly, once inside the Schengen area when travelling on land I believe your passport is sighted but not stamped when moving within Schengen. When arriving by Sea you could technically have come from any country – if I sailed from Italy
while I was in the 12 mth long stay visa period does my passport get stamped on arrival in France? If it did and I spent more than 3 mths outside Italy while holding the 12 mth long stay visa would this potentially create a problem as my 12 mth long stay visa would be for Italy only?
[note: I would travel on an Australian passport and be likely to sail an Aust flagged yacht]