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Travelers Can Still Stay Long-Term In Europe Without A Visa By Visiting These 7 Countries

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Most travelers can only spend a limited amount of time in Europe because of the Schengen Area.

For Americans and many other nationalities, you can only spend 90 days out of every 180 days in the Schengen Area as a tourist.

Perast Montenegro

The Schengen Area currently consists of 27 European countries, with two more expected to join soon.

If you want to spend longer than 90 days in the Schengen Area, you’ll need to apply for some sort of visa (such as a student visa, digital nomad visa, or other residency permit.)

However, there are still a handful of countries in Europe that aren’t part of the Schengen Area, so travelers can stay long-term without worrying about hitting the 90-day limit of the Schengen Area.

Many of these countries have their own 90-day (or even longer) limit that does not eat into the 90-day Schengen Area limit.

Limassol Cyprus

This is especially helpful for long-term travelers or those looking to test out the digital nomad or expat lifestyle without having to obtain a long-stay visa.

1. United Kingdom

American travelers can stay in the UK for up to six months without a visa. So if you fancy giving London living a try (or want to check out some other great cities in the UK), you can visit the country for up to half a year without needing to apply for any type of visa.

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Castle Combe England

2. Ireland

Although Ireland is part of the EU, it is not part of the Schengen Area, so Americans can spend up to 90 days in the country without a visa and without “counting against” their time spent in the Schengen Area.

Ireland has the highest cost of living of all the countries on this list, so it’s not great for budget travelers, but there’s a reason it’s been named the top destination in Europe.

Cliffs of Moher

3. Montenegro

Neighboring Croatia may have recently joined the Schengen Area, but Montenegro is not part of it. American travelers can stay up to 90 days in Montenegro visa-free.

Montenegro has a similar coastline to Croatia, along with beautiful national parks and charming historical cities and towns like Kotor. It’s also more budget-friendly than Croatia.

View Of Perast Town, A Small Medieval Village On Kotor Bay, From Across The Promenade, Montenegro, South Eastern Europe, Balkan Peninsula

4. Albania

Albania has been exploding in popularity as a digital nomad hub lately, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a beautiful, affordable, and underrated country.

And since American travelers can stay in Albania for up to one year without a visa, it’s a great place to try out the digital nomad or expat lifestyle.

Gjipe beach with white sand, tourist tents and umbrellas, the turquoise Ionian sea hidden between mountains in canyon on a sunny day in Albania.

5. Serbia

Serbia is another Balkan country where you can stay long-term without a visa. Americans and many other nationalities can stay in Serbia for up to 90 days visa-free.

Serbia’s edgy and vibrant capital Belgrade is a trending hotspot for digital nomads known for its affordability and great nightlife.

The City Of Belgrade, Capital Of Serbia, Seen From A Boat On The River Sava, Eastern Europe, Balkan Peninsula

6. Bosnia and Herzegovina

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, travelers can discover destinations like the intriguing capital Sarajevo and the picture-perfect town of Mostar.

This is another destination not part of the Schengen Area, where American travelers can stay for up to 90 days.

Mostar bridge and town in Bosnia and Herzegovina

7. Cyprus

Finally, Cyprus is an excellent destination that is not part of the Schengen Area (even though it is part of the EU and will likely join the Schengen Area eventually.)

Right now, American travelers can stay in Cyprus for up to 90 days as a tourist and enjoy the country’s beautiful Mediterranean beaches and historic cities and towns.

Turquoise Waters Of The East Mediterranean Off The Coast In North Cyprus

Other European Countries Not In The Schengen Area

Although this list covered the most popular destinations outside of the Schengen Area, the following countries are also not part of the Schengen Area:

  • North Macedonia
  • Kosovo
  • Belarus
  • Ukraine
  • Moldova

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James II

Saturday 5th of August 2023

As a US passport holder I've lived the expact life in the Balkans though about 10 or so years ago. With free 90 day entrys I stayed in Montenegro for nearly a year, Budva in particular. Ohrid in Macedonia for the same, Burgas and Varna in Bulgaria for periods, Mai 2 on the Romanian coast for a few months. If you cook for yourself mostly and otherwise careful with money it is very economical relatively speaking. Then €10 a day was doable, probably under €20 nowadays.


Saturday 5th of August 2023

@James II, Bulgaria is wonderful people are friendly. But NOT so in neighbor Serbia. Never been treated so rudely people whining about US stopping the genocide against Bosnians by bombing Serbia People refuse to do business with you, frkm the restaurants, to buying a house. DO not waste your time on Serbia.

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Friday 4th of August 2023

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