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Countries

  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

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Paris, France
Eiffel tower Paris
British Airways London Eye
Great Britain Parliament House
Big Ben, London
Tower bridge, London
Notre Dame Paris
Stonehenge England
Eduardo vii park Lisbon
Venice Italy
Hungarian parliament building Budapest
Schonbrunn palace and park Vienna
Barcelona - Sagrada Familia
Charles Bridge Prague
Amsterdam at sunset
Citadel Dubrovnik Croatia
Parthenon on Acropolis Athens

Countries

  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Compared with the wide-open spaces of America or Central Asia, Europe forms a complex confetti of countries. This, the smallest of all the five continents, is shared between 45 countries. Its diversity is a key asset. Its dynamic cultures, heritage and landscapes offer wonderful tourist opportunities. Northern Europe, in Germany, Scandinavia and the Benelux, is a place of rolling landscapes and modern, airy cities. Ireland and Great Britain boast lush green countryside and an inimitably ‘British’ style. Eastern Europe contributes Baroque cities and the poetic charm of its rivers, the most outstanding of which is the Danube. Mediterranean Europe, with its Greco-Roman, mediaeval and Renaissance remains, completes this picture of friendly harmony, framed by a sunny coastline.

Visas

Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK need only a valid passport to enter all countries of the EU. Two Eastern European countries, Belarus and Russia, require a prearranged visa before arrival and even an ‘invitation’ from (or booking with) a tour operator or hotel. Visas to these countries are seldom available at the border.

Visas to neighbouring countries are usually issued immediately by consulates in Eastern Europe, although some may levy a 50% to 100% surcharge for ‘express service’. When regulations are confusing (say in Belarus or Russia) it’s simpler and safer to obtain a visa before leaving home. Visas are often cheaper in your own country anyway. Consulates are generally open weekday mornings (if there’s both an embassy and a consulate, you want the consulate).

THE SCHENGEN ZONE

Twenty-five European countries are signatories to the Schengen Agreement, which has effectively dismantled internal border controls between them. The countries in question are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Citizens of the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK only need a valid passport to enter these countries. However, other nationals, including South Africans, can apply for a single visa – a Schengen visa – when travelling throughout this region.

Non-EU visitors (with or without a Schengen visa) should expect to be questioned, however perfunctorily, when entering the region. However, later travel within the zone is much like a domestic trip, with no border controls. (Although some countries, such as France, have made noises about reimposing stricter internal Schengen checks since the bombings in Madrid and London).

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