When Switzerland joins the Schengen zone on 5th December, pilgrims from the Non-EU countries will no longer have sufficient time to walk these routes. 90 days is not ehough time for anyone to walk nearly 2000km. It was sufficient when one spent 10 days walking in Switzerland, but from 5th December this will change.
Although more and more countries have joined the Schengen zone - and further expansions are planned - the time allowed to visitors has not been increased.
The EU and the Schengen zone countries should consider extending the period allowed for people to walk across Europe along the old pilgrimage trails that are so painstakingly being re-annimated.
There are a number of pilgrimage routes that non-EU pilgrims will be able to walk
- VF from Canterbury to Rome ± 1900km
Via Turonensis, Paris to Santiago ± 1800km
- Via Lemovensis from Vezelay to Santiago ± 1750km