I am entering Germany just to connect to flight to Italy. Counting from day of entry Nov 7 into Germany and departure date from Italy Feb 6, I count 91 days. I did not know 90 day limit rule. Called Italy airport border control. They said they would not care if I went over one or two days. And that they would not have time to dispute just a one or two day overstay. I have passed through this airport in Trieste, Italy before. Then called German border patrol person at Munich Int'l who when I told him my travel dates, counted 92 days and said I might get $100 fine. I think he meant that German border would give me fine because they treat visit to Schengen as entering "one state", even though I am just passing through Germany for connecting flight.
If when I leave Italy and land in Germany for connecting flight back to USA, and I am considered by German border patrol to be over 90 day limit by one or two days, is that where I may get a fine? At German border patrol because that is where I am exiting Schengen? What day do they start counting, from departure date or from arrival date in Schengen?
Lufthansa desk at Los Angeles Int'l airport said they might even stop me at check in counter and not let me board flight unless I pay for change of date fee. Is there an extension visa I can get from Italian Consulate or German Consulate? Don't think there's any time to do that before Nov 6.
EDIT: The "change of date" fee, is what I would have to pay $300 USD right now to change my return date before my departure flight. All airlines let you make date or flight or class changes BUT for a fee, if you've already booked your trip and paid for it. In this case, to change my return date Lufthansa would charge me $300 USD
They claim I might even be stopped at Los Int'l airport and forced to change return date or not board !!!@???
And more frustrating, talked to many supervisors at Lufthans and German border patrol at Munich Int'l. Some say start counting from day of departure, for me NOV 6 and count through FEB 6 = 92 days. Some say count from day you arrive in Schengen NOV 7 throughout FEB 6 = 91 days. Who do you believe?
The last supervisor at Lufthansa I spoke to said count from day of arrival NOV 7 which would make it that I leave on day 91.
I can't believe they would give me a hard time for one day????????
Doesn't make sense. Italy says they won't dispute one or two days. Germany I don't know what they'll do. I called them on Skype. One said maybe fine another said don't worry it will be okay. Called Italy border. They won't take the time to dispute one or two days.
Don't want to pay $300 fee to change return date. Paid enough for flight as it is. Don't want to break any laws and really did not mean to. So stressed making arrangements I overlooked this by mistake. Don't know if I should risk it.