Did you know that having a Schengen visa allows you to go and travel to a number of countries within Europe that are not part of the European Union nor the Schengen area and also to other countries in the world visa-free? Yes, you heard me right, you can visit VISA-FREE simply by showing your Schengen Visa! You do NOT need an extra tourist visa issued from these countries to enter, transit and stay in their territory. Some even allow up to 90 days free stay! Amazing, right?


beautiful Croatia! One of the countries you can visit with your Schengen visa


That means you can book flights spontaneously to these countries when the travel itch hits you. Or you can prolong your stay in Europe after your Schengen visa expires! And if you’re a Philippine-passport holder like me who knows how hard it is to get a Schengen visa, this is a huge bonus!

This post is for you if you’re wondering whether a Schengen visa is valid for Croatia/Serbia/ Bulgaria or not. Or asking questions like: Can I go to Romania, Bosnia or Montenegro with a Schengen visa?

Quick tip: When applying for a Schengen visa, DO NOT buy your flights tickets until you get your visa. You should only get a flight reservation for visa application, read my post so you don’t lose hundreds of dollars if your visa is rejected! You’re welcome.


List of Non-EU Countries You Can Go With a Schengen Visa

Below is the list of countries where Schengen Visa can be used as a substitute to their national tourist visa. I’ve also included the maximum number of days or length of stay allowed in each country. Let me know in the comments if there are other countries I can include in the list. Happy travels everyone!



All foreigners who are holding a valid multiple-entry Schengen visa, that such visa is previously used in one of the countries of Schengen Area, or have a valid stay permission in one of the countries of Schengen area do not need a visa to visit Albania for up to 90 days. For updated information click here.



The Andorran government imposes no visa requirements on its visitors and only requires a passport or European Union national identity card for entrance. However, since the country is only accessible via the Schengen countries Spain or France, entrance is not possible without entering the Schengen area first and the Schengen visa rules can therefore be regarded to apply de facto. Because Andorra is not part of the Schengen area, a two- or multiple-entry Schengen visa is required to re-enter the Schengen area when leaving Andorra. This also means that you can stay in Andorra up to 3 months, the maximum length of a Schengen visa. For updated information, click here.


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Valid multiple entry Schengen visa holders and residents of the European Union can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina without a visa for a maximum stay of up to 15 days with the condition that the visa should be valid at least 15 days longer when entering the country. They must arrive from one of the European Union and Schengen Area member states or Monaco. For updated information, click here.



On 25 January 2012 the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria adopted a decision according to which by the date of Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area, the country will unilaterally apply a visa-free system for holders of valid Schengen visas. They will have the right to enter and reside in the Republic of Bulgaria for a period of no more than 3 months in any six-month period from the date of the first entry, without needing to have a Bulgarian short-stay visa. The decision entered into force on January 31, 2012. For updated information, click here.



All foreigners who are holders of valid two-entry or multiple-entry Schengen visas, as well as national visas and residence permits of Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania do not require an additional visa for Croatia for a transit or stay not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period. I highly recommend visiting Croatia. It is super beautiful and one of my favorite summer destinations in Europe! For updated information, click here.



Holders of valid double or multiple-entry Schengen visa, as well as residence permits issued by Schengen Member States, are not required to hold a short-stay visa to enter the Republic of Cyprus for a time period not exceeding 90 days in any 180 day period. This provision doesn’t apply to Citizens of Turkey and Azerbaijan who have to follow the regular visa issuance procedure. For updated information, click here.



Foreigners holding a Schengen visa and/or a residence permit of any country listed here may enter and stay in Georgia without visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. For the purpose of entering and staying in Georgia without visa, a visa and/or a residence permit of a respective country shall be valid on the day of entry into Georgia, which must be evidenced by a travel and/or other appropriate document. For updated information, click here.



Foreigners who hold a multi-entry Schengen Visa or a valid residence permit issued by one of the Schengen member states are exempt from Kosovo visa to enter, transit, or stay in the territory of the Republic of Kosovo for up to 15 days. For updated information, click here.



Third countries with multiple-entry short-stay Schengen Visa valid at least 5 days beyond the intended stay in the Republic of Macedonia may stay in the Republic of Macedonia for up to 15 days upon every entry to the territory of the Republic of Macedonia, and the total amount of the subsequent stays in the Republic of Macedonia must not be longer than 3 months within a 6-month period, starting from the date of the first entry. For updated information, click here.



Nationals of any country may visit Montenegro without a visa for up to 30 days if they hold a visa issued by a Schengen Area member state, the United Kingdom or the United States or Ireland or if they are permanent residents of those countries. I also highly recommend Montenegro. It’s a very beautiful country, very affordable and very easy to travel because it is small! For updated information, click here.



According to Emergency Government Ordinance no. 109/2013, as of February 1st 2014, the bearers of Schengen visas (with 2 or multiple entries), long-term visas, as well as residence permits issued by Schengen Member States shall no longer be required to hold a short-stay visa to enter the territory of Romania for a time period that may not exceed 90 days in any 180 day period.
In order for the bearers of the aforementioned documents to benefit from the facility of entering Romania without holding a Romanian visa, the number of entries as well as the right of stay established as per the Schengen visas, must not have been exhausted. For updated information, click here.



At its meeting of 30 October 2014, the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Decision on visa free entry to the Republic of Serbia for holders of foreign passports having a valid Schengen, UK and other Member States’ visa, or visa of the United States of America, and for holders of foreign passports having residence permit in the countries of the Schengen area, EU or the United States of America. They may enter, transit or stay in the Republic of Serbia up to 90 days during a six-month period, but not exceeding the expiring date of the said visas or residence permits.  For updated information, click here.



Nationals of the following countries holding a valid Schengen Visa are allowed to enter and transit in Turkey up to 30 days: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe

All you need to do is get a single-entry Turkish e-Visa online valid for 1 month. It’s very easy and you get the visa on your email immediately. For updated information, click here.


Read Next:
How to apply for a Schengen visa at German embassy
How to apply for a Schengen visa at Netherlands embassy
How to apply for a Schengen visa at French embassy

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6 Responses to “List of Non-EU Countries You Can Travel Visa-Free With A Schengen Visa” Subscribe

  1. Daniel June 4, 2018 at 1:09 AM #

    I have a double entry Schengen visa and plan a trip to Croatia.
    I will first be in Schengen then plan to go to Croatia and then back to Schengen is that ok with double entry?

  2. stallion October 5, 2017 at 11:46 AM #

    Applied for total 30 days business visa and linked it with tourist visa toward the end of business meeting of 7 days. All necessary document required for business and tourist visa were attached like invitation letter from inviting company and hotel booking for complete journey including business meetings and tourism… but visa was denied. why??

    • DJ Yabis October 6, 2017 at 4:43 PM #

      what was the reason for your rejection?

  3. Andrew August 2, 2017 at 4:04 PM #

    Good to know they make it easier for travelers who have already proven themselves by getting the tough-to-get Schengen visa. Very informative post!

    • DJ Yabis August 3, 2017 at 2:51 AM #

      Yep! It also a move to help boost their tourism of course 😀

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