Explore These Non-European Destinations with a Schengen Visa

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 19, 2024 12:30 PMNews
Mexico, Cancun
Mexico, Cancun. Source: Michelle_Raponi, Pixabay

Did you know that a Schengen visa grants access to several non-European countries? The updated Schengen visa rules now offer multi-year visas to travelers, allowing easy exploration of Europe without border hassles. With a Schengen visa, you can visit numerous European nations seamlessly.

The "Cascade" regime enables travelers to obtain long-term, multi-entry Schengen visas valid for two years if they have used two visas within the past three years. This visa covers European countries like Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, and non-EU members such as Iceland and Norway. But the advantages extend beyond Europe.

Here are seven non-European countries you can explore with your Schengen visa:


Mexico offers a rich mix of ancient traditions and modern attractions. From Chichen Itza's ruins to Tulum's turquoise waters, Mexico invites you to explore its diverse terrain. With a multiple-entry Schengen visa, you can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days.


Belize is a tropical paradise with snorkeling at the Belize Barrier Reef and jungle adventures at Mayan ruins. A multiple-entry Schengen visa grants a visa exemption for up to 30 days.


The Bahamas, with its clear waters and white sands, offers a perfect escape. Explore Nassau's vibrant streets or the serene Out Islands. Visitors can stay visa-free for 90 days with a Schengen visa.


Singapore dazzles with its blend of modernity and tradition. Visit Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. Entry is allowed with valid Schengen visas for up to 96 hours if transiting through Singapore.

Garden by the bay, Singapore
Garden by the bay, Singapore. Source: cegoh, Pixabay


The Philippines, an archipelago with pristine beaches and vibrant culture, beckons adventure seekers. A multiple-entry Schengen visa allows a 14-day stay, extendable to 21 days at the discretion of the Philippines Bureau of Immigration.


Bahrain, blending ancient history with modern luxury, offers attractions from Manama's souks to Amwaj Islands' shores. A valid multiple-entry Schengen visa grants visa-on-arrival for one year.


Türkiye is rich in cultural heritage, from Istanbul's mosques to Cappadocia's landscapes. Travelers can apply for a single-entry e-visa valid for one month with a valid Schengen visa.

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