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Foreign Visa Considerations in the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Turkey

Petsitting is a great opportunity for home and pet owners and those willing to monitor the home and pets. The homeowner gets a trustworthy sitter and the sitter gets to travel to a new place and enjoy free accommodations.

However, if you will be traveling to another country to mind a house and possibly pets, make sure to know the entrance requirements for each country.

**Two points of warning when crossing into a new country. First, petsitting is an UNPAID agreement, not a job (that would carry further visa requirements). Secondly, be very aware of the amount of days allotted in each particular country/area. I had some difficulty recently at the border when returning to England (luckily I had counted correctly and everything was fine).

Now let’s explore the various requirements in the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Turkey.

Schengen Area

The Schengen Area is an agreement to promote easier travel and economic unity in Europe. This area is made up of several member states in the continental European area. There is a separate collection made up of several European countries called the European Union (EU). However, every EU country is not part of the Schengen area agreement.

The specific countries in the Schengen Area consists of 26 European countries (of which 22 are EU states): Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden, along with the non-EU countries Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Did you find an assignment to look after a house in France or another country in the Schengen Zone? Keep reading to understand the regulations regarding visas for several nationalities entering this area.

  • For American and other non-EU nationals - Most non-EU citizens including those of the United States will need a “short-stay Schengen area visa.” These are valid within all participating Schengen area countries. This visa allows the individual to travel within the area for 90 days in any 180-day period.
  • For Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom nationals - Your flight and person will be subject to minimum border checks. However, you will only need to present your travel documents (passport) to verify your identity. No visa is required.
  • Other - Find more information on Schengen area visas here.

The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom includes England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Headed to the United Kingdom to watch over a house and maybe enjoy the company of the furry friends that haven’t left their home? Read on to review the visa requirements for various nationalities visiting the United Kingdom.

  • For American nationals - A valid passport is required. As a US citizen, you can be in the UK for up to six months (180 days). No paid work is allowed. Make sure to have the accommodation address (home stay address) and your exit flight already booked with proof available.
  • For Schengen Zone nationals - No visa or restrictions apply for Schengen Area citizens. Make sure to have your passport with you to simplify the border process.
  • Other - Citizens of other countries can go to this website to explore their options.


The English and many western European citizens take their holiday or even living part to full time in Turkey. They choose Turkey for their relaxation and adventures for several reasons.

The agreeable exchange rate for the UK pound or the Euro for the Türk Lirası helps keep the cost of the trip down. The tourism industry in Turkey is renowned for its impeccable, friendly service. The ancient sights and attractions date back to antiquity, far earlier than Rome or Ancient Greece. Finally, the warm weather and often cloudless days whether on the seaside of inland areas are some of the most comfortable destinations available.

If you will be minding the house of a home and possibly pet owner in Turkey, it is important to keep the visa restrictions in mind. Turkey has the same process for all foreign nationals..

Turkey requires all foreign nationals to have a tourist visa to enter the country. A visa can be purchased online or from a dispensing machine after landing. The visa costs $20.

You will need to obtain a “tourist visa” that allows you to stay in the Turkey for 90 days in a 180 day period. The time period begins when you will first enter the country. Your days within the country can be used consecutively or you may leave and return however many times you wish. Make sure to have your accommodation address ready when entering the country.

Here is a complete listing by country for Turkish visas by country

Disclaimer: Information current as of 25 Sept 2017

Author Bio

Jake Belknap is currently making his way across Europe while petsitting for various animals along the way. In 2017, he left the classroom and his country to pursue a digital nomad lifestyle as freelance writer. Follow his travels or get in contact with him on his website.

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