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oni
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« on: June 25, 2010, 06:08:59 pm »

Hello everyone.....im Osiur Rahman , Bangladeshi National......I am a student living in Turkey at present and for summer , University of Vienna grant me scholarship for their summer program 2010 which will last 17th july to 14th August........Austrian Embassy Issued a C type schengen visa without any restriction on me....i bought air ticket for Istanbul-Zurich coz it is cheap and my bro-sis is living there so 16th july i can go there and next day i can go to Austria.........but,now im confused coz some frnds are saying even it is an C type schengen visa, i do need to enter into Schengen Area by an Austrian Port!!! the visa issued by Austrian EMbassy and its valid for 16th july - 24th september. after 14th Aug summerschool end my plan is to stay in Switzerland and travel some other countries as well.........but my biggest trouble now i bought Ticket of Istanbul - Zurich but my visa issued by Austria.......so it will be any prob??
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porsche
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010, 01:14:08 pm »

Hi,

The underlying principle of the Schengen visa is that you only need one visa for the whole Schengen zone. To answer your question, let me remind about some general rules. If you are visiting only one Schengen country, you apply at the embassy of that country. In case you plan on visiting several Schengen countries, you apply for Schengen visa at the embassy of the country which is your main destination. That would be Austria in your case because you spend the most time there. In situations where you intend to visit several Schengen countries and you do not have a main destination (for example if you are going to spend an equal number of nights in multiple Schengen countries), you apply at the embassy of the country which is your first port of entry.

This is probably the rule that your friends are confusing. If you do not have main destination, you apply at the first-port-of-entry country. However, once you have the Schengen visa, you can enter the Schengen zone through any Schengen country.

Cheers.
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danisara
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2010, 01:25:30 pm »

Imagine a situation. Your main destination is Germany, and you travel from Turkey by car. You have Schengen visa issued by the German consulate because Germany is your main destination. But, your first port of entry inevitably will be Greece. Then you leave the Schengen zone, transit Croatia and enter the Schengen zone in Slovenia again. Germany can't be your first port of entry.
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oni
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2010, 11:47:54 am »

thnx friendnds...........ur suggestion was really helpfull,later i ask to Austrian and Swiss embassy both and they said there is no problem and i can enter by zurich..... Smiley.....
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danisara
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2010, 03:54:10 pm »

Glad to help. Have a safe travel.
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