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What is Schengen and how to take a rental car out of it?

What is Schengen and how to take a rental car out of it?

Hey hey! Welcome to Budapest in Hungary!
Welcome back to another tip Thursday and today I’m gonna be travelling hence
you see the train station there behind me here in Budapest but I am NOT going
to be travelling by train. I’m gonna leave to go to Belgrade in Serbia with
my British buddy, Andy but we’re gonna go by rental car and that’s the topic of
today’s video – what should know about if you’re going to take a rental car
outside of the Schengen area here in Budapest Hungary which is part of Schengen and
we’re going to Serbia, Belgrade in Serbia which is not and there are lots
of things that you need to look out for if you’re travelling here in Europe and
you’re gonna do something similar so let’s get into today’s video! So I’m gonna link below PureVPN which is
for Virtual Private Networks. I’m gonna do a tip Thursday pretty soon about
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site, they’re highly reputable and I’m gonna link that below in the description
to this video. So you may be asking yourself, Conor, what is the difference
between Europe, the European Union and the Schengen area? Isn’t all the same
thing well? No, it’s not there’s actually a big difference between all three you
can go and look up the 28 member states of the European Union just Google that.
I’m not gonna go through and explain exactly the European Union is in this
video but you’d want to be aware at least of the countries that are in the
European Union but are not in Schengen and the countries that are not in the
European Union but are in Schengen so first of all why is it called the
Schengen area? Actually there’s an original agreement signed back in 1985
in a Luxembourgish village called Schengen and that’s where the name of
this area gets its name. So what is it? Well it’s actually a common travel area
in effect within Europe where there are no border controls or no customs
formalities as you travel from one country to another and it also has a
common visa policy which is really helpful if you want to obviously come to
the Schengen area to Europe. The countries that are in Schengen, you can
just have one visa if you obviously you need a visa to travel in Europe
that’s great. What countries are in the Schengen area and which countries are
not? So right now we are in early 2018 and currently there are 28 member states
of the European Union and 26 members of the Schengen area so what’s the overlap
between these two different zones. You’d want to note that I’m including the
United Kingdom of course because the UK does not leave the European Union for
another year so there are actually 28 member states still. That’s just to avoid
some confusion about that. So the 28 member states of the European
Union, there are actually 22 of those states in the Schengen area so there are
six that are not so those six countries that are not in Schengen but are in the
European Union are the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria
and Croatia which was the latest country to join the European
Union. Now there are actually four countries that are officially part of
the Schengen area but are not in the European Union and they are
Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. In addition, there were
actually three of the four microstates in Europe that are actually in Schengen, de facto in Schengen and they are San Marino, Vatican City, Monaco but
it’s important to remember that Andorra is the odd one out and that is not in
the Schengen area. Other countries like Serbia and Ukraine, Belarus that are
there just not in either right so they’re not in the European Union or in
Schengen. So that’s important too to understand where the borders are it’s
not all that obvious to people especially cuz people associat it with
the European Union but there are not exactly the same countries. There are some
that are actually not in the EU but are in Schengen and of course there are
those six member states that are in the European Union but are not in Schengen
currently. So what does all this mean for you if you do what we’re doing right now
which is renting a car in a Schengen country, Hungary and traveling to a
non-Schengen country, Serbia? Well first of all you’ll need your identification
documents like to travel normally that means for almost everybody that’s going
to be their passport. Now there are some exceptions to that like for example if
your country has an agreement with the country you’re traveling to that you can
actually other forms of ID like I believe Germans can go to Turkey and
they don’t necessarily need their passport. They can actually show a German
ID card but in nearly all cases that’s gonna mean, you’re gonna need your
passport and obviously you’re gonna need car insurance all that stuff that you
get anyways when you’re … when you’re renting a car but it is important to
remember when you’re asking for your quote that does have a passport a car
passport of sorts? These are just documents that allow you to take the car out of
Schengen. You have to pay additional money for those and for us it cost us 50
euros roughly extra to actually have those documents that allow us to take
the rental car from Hungary to Serbia so from a Schengen country to a non-Schengen
country and that actually pushed up the cost of the car rental reasonably
considerably because we were just going for a weekend to Serbia. I think it
was about thirty percent extra on the car rental, we had to pay the car rental
company but definitely don’t forget to do that because if you don’t have those
documents then you can’t go to Serbia and I guess you would have to come back and
pay the company and it would be a mess just remember not to forget that
pretty important detail when you’re asking for your car quote so that’s said.
Let’s go to Belgrade, Serbia and leave the Schengen area!

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4 thoughts on “What is Schengen and how to take a rental car out of it?

  1. Citizens of countries who are allowed to enter Turkey with their national ID’s in accordance with “European Agreement on Regulations governing the Movement of Persons between Member States of the Council of Europe”: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland.

    Serbia also accepts natiional ID cards of EU citizen for entry.

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