Schengen setup for non-EU cruisers makes things very difficult, particularly if you are looking to see a fair bit of the Med
over an extended time (say 12 months or even longer). The number of places you can stay outside Schengen appears to be reducing and with what's happened in Tunisia
that removes another alternative (at least for me it does).
I am aware that Croatia
is expecting to be brought under Schengen soon, which will make things even more difficult, so the sooner the EU introduces the proposed “12 mth tourist visa with a max of 90 days per country” the better as far as I’m concerned. The problem for me is I’m hoping to begin a Med cruising adventure early/mid next year and I’m wary that nothing may have changed by then.
QUESTION [not sure if I ask it here or in a new post]: If the proposed “12 mths & 90 days” proposal isn’t introduced soon, does anyone know what alternatives there are for non-EU citizens to spend some time in the Med without having to go through the "90 days every 180 days" routine?
I've heard you can get a tourist visa for up to 12 mths for some specific countries - would these mean your time in their country also counts towards the "90 days out of 180 days" in other Schengen countries where you don't have a 12 mth tourist visa?
Does anyone know whether I can apply to more than one country for a “12 mth tourist visa” and to have them both/all apply simultaneously? [e.g. say Greece, Italy, France & Spain
all at the same time?] If more than one is possible, does anyone know if you can specify dates or do they simply grant them “from the date of issue +12 months” (which may exclude going to many countries as each time you might lose a month).
Hopefully someone can assist me.