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Originally, I was planning to do a trip to Switzerland (entry) and then travel to Slovenia. Slovenia was going to be my main destination so I got the visa from them. But just a day before the trip, I decided that it’s not worth the trip to go to Slovenia since it was a long train ride from Zurich.

I did disclose this during the entry in Zurich to the immigration officer and he seemed fine with the change and had no issue getting the entry stamp. I thought this would suffice. Little did I know. Slovenia embassy apparently learnt about this change and sent me an email saying they have revoked my visa mid-trip and I’m expected to leave the Schengen zone immediately.

My trip is of 10 days and I’m now into my 6th day when I received this letter. It’s not going to be easy to change my return flight now. What should I do? What happens if I continue my trip and leave 4 days after revokation? What is the penalty of my whole dibacle? Admittedly I didn’t take this change of plans too seriously. I’m hoping I don’t have to pay the price too much

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    Are you cough really sure you got that email? Emails go missing all the time.
    – Fattie
    Commented May 26, 2022 at 16:22
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    Visa is used to grant entry, visa on its own means nothing for your stay. If the visa is revoked you cannot enter, it doesn't mean you have to leave
    – littleadv
    Commented May 26, 2022 at 21:28
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    @littleadv That's true for the US (where visa doesn't necessarily equate to status, but it may not be true everywhere. Commented May 27, 2022 at 6:33
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    I tried that, but had no luck. Slovenian embassy was pretty adamant. My original hotel in Slovenia reported them when I cancelled my booking. Anyway, I exited Switzerland without any issue. They didn't even mention anything on the exit. I'm not sure what the repurcurssions would be now, if I apply for Schengen again. Does anyone know?
    – WengenBoy
    Commented Jun 2, 2022 at 16:42
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    Slovenia is bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. A tourist trip combining Switzerland and Slovenia isn’t therefore the most obvious itinerary, did you have a specific reason for choosing it? Your tale sounds like a case of visa shopping to me, TBH
    – Traveller
    Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 8:57

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I tried that, but had no luck. Slovenian embassy was pretty adamant. My original hotel in Slovenia reported them when I cancelled my booking. Anyway, I exited Switzerland without any issue. They didn't even mention anything on the exit. I'm not sure what the repercussions would be now, if I apply for Schengen again. Does anyone know?

There is a record of your revoked visa shared between Schengen countries that may prompt further scrutiny when you apply for your next visa. At the same time, if the visa has really been “revoked” and not “annulled”, it's not so bad as only the latter suggests deception and the former is more of a technical measure (I don't think it was really intended to be used in the way it was here).

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The reason you have to apply for a visa with the country that is the main destination of your trip is to spread the workload, and to counter visa shopping. Since you violated the rules your visa got revoked. Because currently there is not a lot of data being exchanged between countries on visa issues you got away with it, but you may not get way with this in the future, when the entry/exit system becomes operational.

And what will you answer when you apply for a visa and one of the questions is "have you ever been refused a visa, or had one revoked"?

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  • While entries and exits are not yet recorded or shared, visa information (applications, refusals, revocations…) IS recorded and shared. Any new application for a Schengen visa in the next 5 years should immediately bring up this incident, whatever the country OP applies for a visa from.
    – jcaron
    Commented Sep 12, 2022 at 19:59
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    What rule did the OP violate? They did apply to the country they intended to be their main destination. Also, in practice, the entry-exit system wouldn't change much here (or in general). Entry through another country than your main destination are expected (and was always the OP's plan) and travel within the area is not going to be tracked by the proposed system. On the other hand, as @jcaron pointed out, visa revocations are recorded in the VIS.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Sep 12, 2022 at 23:37
  • Another question: Which country asks if you ever had a visa revoked?
    – Relaxed
    Commented Sep 12, 2022 at 23:42
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    @Relaxed IIRC, the UK asks whether visitor visa applicants have ‘ever been required to leave’, which covers revocation.
    – Traveller
    Commented Sep 13, 2022 at 7:50
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    @Traveller Your comment helped me find travel.stackexchange.com/questions/131356/… You actually provided a lot of info on that there, thanks!
    – Relaxed
    Commented Sep 13, 2022 at 10:11

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