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Consider this journey JFK->MUC->ZRH (MUC is just a flight connection). When does the passenger actually enter the Schengen zone? Munich or Zürich?

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If you don't leave airport in München you'll get entry stamp in Zürich. – akuzma Jan 22 '14 at 7:57
@akuzma What if in Munich I get into the city and come back to the airport and fly to Zürich? – Mohammad Moghimi Jan 22 '14 at 7:59
Then you'll enter the Schengen zone in München. – akuzma Jan 22 '14 at 8:02
@akuzma I am never done this in Munich specifically but I think that that's not true, the entry in Schengen will be in Munich in any case. – Relaxed Jan 22 '14 at 8:04
The regulations did not change in this respect, maybe there is a problem with airport facilities. Strangely, the airport website suggests that it depends on whether your plane is docked at a jetbridge or not…… – Relaxed Jan 22 '14 at 8:23

You should enter the Schengen area and get an entry stamp in Munich. I never had the occasion to connect in Munich but Schengen flights typically depart from another area in the airport and are not subject to any systematic passport checks on arrival, hence the need for a border check in the first airport in the Schengen area. That's also why “transit privileges” do not apply when transiting through two airports in the Schengen area.

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