I recently changed my name and I was wondering if that’s going to affect my travel to Switzerland.

I was given an entry refusal back in 2011 and my name was different back then, I changed my name due to religious reasons and I’d like to travel to Switzerland again with a different citizenship/passport, not sure if I’m going to have issues with custom & immigration agents.

I had a Australian passport back then and now I’m a US Citizen, I was only refused entry because I’m a white guy dressed like a Muslim man

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    Welcome to Travel.SE. Swiss law does not forbid being a white guy dressed like a Muslim: what was the stated reason for refusal, and where exactly did this happen? – lambshaanxy Sep 18 '19 at 1:31
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    " I was only refused entry cuz I’m a white guy dressed like a Muslim man" -- I wouldn't believe that even of the United States but to presume that of the Swiss border guard is absolutely ludicrous. – chx Sep 18 '19 at 3:20
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    Im confused, how does one "dress like a Muslim man"? The muslim men I work for all seem to dress the same way as I do... Do you mean you were wearing some traditional garb, a head dress of some description, or some specific ethnic outfit? – Moo Sep 18 '19 at 3:33
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    @chx There are definitely parts of Switzerland which are very conservative and not particularly Muslim friendly. A 2009 referendum forbade the building of minarets. – Martin Bonner supports Monica Sep 18 '19 at 9:10
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    You wanted to stay with your girlfriend in Switzerland? Did you tell them this? This may be the prime reason.. – vidarlo Sep 18 '19 at 16:28
  • Whenever a form asks about name changes, you have to tell the truth.
  • Whenever a form asks about citizenship changes, you have to tell the truth.
  • Whenever a form asks about past refusals, you have to tell the truth.

Trying to conceal any of this might work if your biometrics are not on file, but sooner or later the lies will catch up with you.

Getting caught in a lie will cause a refusal of your application and for many countries also a ban for a long time.

Having been refused entry in the past will cause greater scrutiny of your application, but not an automatic refusal. The best way to make this greater scrutiny go away is if you get a Schengen visa approved and enter and leave without incident or overstay.

  • Unless the denial was for fraud or national security, I highly doubt they have retained information about it. He could try and request what data they hold about him under EU’s data protection act to confirm this. – user58558 Sep 18 '19 at 15:46
  • @greatone, would it matter? Look at the Schengen C form, it doesn't go into that old stuff. – o.m. Sep 18 '19 at 16:57
  • Probably wouldn’t matter for the Schengen C form—which the OP does not have to fill as a US citizen anyway—but might be a good idea to know what data governments have on him for future reference. If records about an event don’t exist, that event has not happened. – user58558 Sep 18 '19 at 17:20
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    @greatone, that's gambling on all relevant data being unclassified. Much smarter (and policy on Travel SE) to advise to stick to the truth. – o.m. Sep 18 '19 at 17:33
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    Well, EU data protection laws require governments and organizations to disclose personal data about an individual held with some limited exceptions such as prevention of crime and national security. Most personal information held is protected, not classified. Information held about adverse immigration events are never undisclosable even if details within (such as names and methods used) might be. It’s more like a calculated risk than gambling. It’s easy to see what data officers have access to—not a lot. Not disclosing personal information later relied upon may turn into a legal nightmare. – user58558 Sep 18 '19 at 17:57

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