I’m a citizen of a non-Schengen country who holds a student resident permit. I was on leisure travel in the Schengen Area when borders were closed. By the time borders are reopened in late April/early May (if they are, as the situation is still uncertain and travel restriction may be extended), I would have stayed more than 90-days outside my country of residence.

I know force majeure applies to tourist stranded now in Europe, but I haven’t found anything about residence permit holders in my situation. What provisions and procedures apply in this situation to stay legally in a different country?

This is in line with other question asked previously and I know the sensible thing to do is to contact the local authorities (I'm already doing this) and register with the consulate of my country to be informed about repatriation flights (I already did), but still I’d like to know.

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    what is keeping you from returning to your place of residence? (As you should...) – Krist van Besien Mar 31 '20 at 11:12
  • Germany, and probably others, returning to you place of residence is considered a justified travel. If local restrictions or advice prevents this then it Force Majeure (and reporting your presence and circumstances is advised). If returning is dangerous to you or others, then remaining will be made possible. – Mark Johnson Mar 31 '20 at 11:24
  • @KristvanBesien I'm asking this question in a sort of worst case scenario. I'm actually looking for ways to return. However, the local airport has closed. Train seems an option, but I'd have to cross the border of several countries and I'm not sure if I'd be deny pass through any of them (I'm verifying this), leaving me effectively stranded in another country where I may not have contacts or know anyone who can help. At least right now I'm in a safe place. – RE_ Mar 31 '20 at 12:27
  • Which country borders would you have to cross? – Krist van Besien Mar 31 '20 at 13:20
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    Your question seems rather hypothetical, since travel and transit to get to the place of residence is still(!) allowed through most European countries. It may be tedious by train and/or bus, but not impossible. You should IMHO make use of this opportunity while it still exists. It is not unlikely that the possibilities or rights to travel will be further restricted. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Mar 31 '20 at 13:48

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