Happy holiday friends 🙂
I should be working on my final project -which in fact I hadn’t do it yet- from college, that’s why I don’t think about this june as holiday until I had this conversation with my friend last night:
Friend (Fr): We’ll be going to Greece next week.
He said that out of nowhere. When he said ‘we’ or ‘my family’ I knew what he meant was ‘me and my newly married wifey’.
Me: WOW! What are you going to do? A second honeymoon? Haha..
Of course when someone say Greece what I have in mind is the exotic country with its beautiful view. Like in Sisterhood & Travelling Pants and Mamma Mia! movies.
Fr: Hahahahaa.. No, we’re going with friends.
I wanted to tease him, “double honeymoon? ;)”, but instead I said
Me: Ah yes.. It’s summer out there. Will you backpacking?
Fr: No, we’ll be staying at hotel. It’s impossible to get visa without hotel book.
Me: Russia isn’t a Schengen Country?
Fr: No. And a visa costs 70 Euros 😦
Visa is needed to enter another country, to give information what we’ll we do in the destination country, holiday, business, or school. To enter Australia, we need a visa. To enter United States we need another visa. But for Indonesian citizens, we don’t need any visa to enter Singapore, Malaisya, Thailand, Philipinna, Macau, and some other nearest Asian Countries.
To enter Netherland, we need a Schengen Visa. To enter France, we also need a Schengen Visa. Therefore if we want to go to Netherland and afterward visit France, we only need a Schengen Visa. Easier, simpler, and cheaper way to travel around European Countries.
Schengen is a treaty to provide the removal of systematic border controls between the participating countries. Picture below shown us the Schengen Countries (blue) and Schengen Countries with special policies (green). The green-coloured-countries will be blue-coloured-countries in 2011. The red (England, Ireland) and grey ones (Russia and some other Eastern European Countries ) aren’t Schengen Countries. Therefore we need to provide different visas if we want to enter any of those countries.
I never been to any European Countries. This post is writen based on informations on the internet. You need to read this post, if you want to read more about Schengen Visa Apply to UK. I’m not planning to go to Europe, especially to Greece. But I do really hope that someday I’ll be able to go there.
Have a fun holiday 🙂 Happy summer!