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A total of seven European countries first joined together in 1985 to form the “Schengen” zone, an area where there would be no border checks between them.
This area has grown considerably larger since then, particularly since certain Eastern European countries have joined them or are in the process of doing so. Now there are a total of 25, with more in the planning.
With the exception of Norway, Switzerland and Iceland, these Schengen countries are also members of the EU.
By getting a Schengen Visa you can move freely between these many different countries with few, if any, stops.
Depending on what country you are a citizen of, you may or may not require a visa to visit the Schengen zone. At present, visits of 3 months or less to the zone do not require a visa for the citizens of 39 countries. This list of countries changes over time, check with your consulate services or travel agent.
Your health insurance may or may not cover you for a visit to Europe. It is important to check before you leave on your trip. You should also see what is covered or not.
With a wide variety of types and companies offering travel insurance, it is important to see what is covered, and particularly, what is not. Some companies are quite flexible in what is covered, but you may need to negotiate with them first and get it in writing.
Most of the countries listed above use the Euro as currency. This makes banking and shopping much easier across Europe for everyone.
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