I have booked to spend a night in the first entry point which is Germany. Then in the second day I'm going to move to the main destination (Switzerland), where my visa has been issued, by car.Is that illegal and I have to have a flight to the main destination at same time?

  • Is the airport you landing at normal for people going to Switzerland? – Ian Ringrose Jun 24 '19 at 12:54

No problem at all if you explained it in your visa application.

If you want to make changes to your original itinerary, that is also possible, but then you must avoid the appearance that you misrepresented your itinerary. Having hotel reservations, etc., for Switzerland should resolve this.

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You did your job great. Schengen rules require that you apply for the visa by the main destination of your itinerary, not the port of entry. You applied in Switzerland, you are going to visit Switzerland for the main of your journey. Check ✔

Now, Schengen rules allow you to visit every Schengen country in any order. No one forbids you to stay in Germany even for one night, even for the first night. You can request visa to Switzerland as soon as you can justify it's the main destination.

At the border in Germany, if immigration ask for documentation, you can easily show both of your hotel reservations and they will have nothing to say against letting you in.

When you will be driving to Swiss, you will cross customs but since you are still in Schengen area there are odds that no one will bother you. It is very unlikely that in the event of a police check they will ask for documentation about your visit, since you already cleared immigration to the Schengen space by the German immigration.

A final word about misrepresenting the itinerary. In theory, you could request visa in country A, book a very cheap lodging (e.g. hostel, Couchsurfing...) in country A and at the same time book a proper lodging in country B; then you can get your bogus reservation ready for show-off and hide reservation for country B, by simply not printing/showing it when asked. At the current time, no one is capable of discovering this unlawful behaviour.

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    I would like to upvote this, except the last paragraph looks rather like a nudge-nudge-wink-wink advice to lie to immigration. – hmakholm left over Monica Jun 24 '19 at 15:47
  • @HenningMakholm my statement was a factual consideration and not an advice/solicitation. Maybe Europe should be worse than the Big-Brother's country where every private interaction of a traveler is pre-monitored and pre-screened in order to find such cheating. Or maybe it's just tooooooooooooo expensive to enforce something to catch this kind of cheating than the real loss caused by the few cheaters. After all, IMO/AFAIK the reason of the main-destination visa rule is on economic grounds to balance the administrative costs that diplomatics have to sustain. That goes beyond our scope anyway – usr-local-ΕΨΗΕΛΩΝ Jun 24 '19 at 15:52
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    @usr-local-ΕΨΗΕΛΩΝ, it is best to edit the last paragraph, telling that it is illegal and if found out it can have serious follow up, like being banned from the Schengen area for a long time (or forever.) – Willeke Jun 24 '19 at 17:12
  • Maybe I should just put emphasis on unlawful – usr-local-ΕΨΗΕΛΩΝ Jun 25 '19 at 7:13

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