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Re: Visa confusion
For those who are not aware it is worth noting that the Schengen Area is derived from an international agreement independent of the European Union (EU). While it has its roots in the old European Community (EC) (it was the first effort to remove border controls between EC member countries) it has evolved separately.
EU members United Kingdom and Ireland are not part of Schengen. EU members Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania are in the process of joining.
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland are not part of the EU but are part of Schengen.
Visa considerations are different for Schengen and the EU. People and property are treated differently. It's all a moving target. The proposed changes will help but still won't mean complete alignment.
When I bought Auspicious in Sweden I was in the EU (and had to pay attention to a VAT clock) and in Schengen (and had to pay attention to a visa clock). When we got to Southampton (UK is out of Schengen) the more liberal EU visa clock applied. It wasn't until we left the Azores (Portugeuse) that I had left the EU within the required time to avoid liability for VAT.
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