I just received my Schengen visa and it starts on the 25th of August, however I had applied for it to start on the 24th.

Is it possible to fly on the 24th, if I will arrive and be entering the Schengen area on the 25th?

Would I face any issues boarding the flight on the 24th?

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    So to summarize: Your plane will arrive in the Schengen area on the 25th and your visa is valid from the 25th. Is that correct? If so, why do you think it could be a problem? Aug 19 at 22:20
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    I would be worried about unexpected changes, such as my flight being cancelled and me being transferred to a flight that arrives earlier. Or if my flight has a stop, the stop being skipped due to weather and arriving early. Or tail winds. Aug 19 at 22:47
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    Collateral question: if you arrive late on the 24th, can you get away with stalling until midnight to go to the control booth? (Probably depends on which airport)
    – WGroleau
    Aug 19 at 22:53
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    Stalling does not work we have covered that in the past, you will look suspicious as hell. The question as is can't be answered, it needs more details.
    – chx
    Aug 19 at 23:46
  • I will be flying on the 24th and arriving on the 25th. Thank you for your time and responses, everyone. Aug 20 at 1:43

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The answer is: it depends. Is it possible you will get to the Schengen on the 24th? Let me give you two examples.

I will pretend you are flying from Mexico City to Frankfurt.

If you have a direct flight? That leaves Mexico City at 8:50PM and that's already 3:50AM next day in Frankfurt. So by Frankfurt time it is already the 25th. In this case you will be allowed to board because there's no way to get there before the 25th. This is true for almost all transatlantic flights to Schengen from America.

But let's say you are leaving on the 23rd arriving to London on the 24th where you have a long, overnight layover and then board a flight to Frankfurt. Most likely you will not allowed to board because it's possible you will be rescheduled on a different route/schedule which might get you to Frankfurt on the 24th. Of course, it's also possible you can work with the airline to reschedule you in such a way that you only get to Schengen on the 25th. But there is always a possibility of diversion, emergencies and whatnot and the airline most likely won't take the risk -- it's a significant financial risk to transport someone whom they know will be turned back.

So: it depends.

And no, if you land at 24th 11:30pm you will still not be allowed, you can't linger in the restroom for half an hour, this is not allowed.

  • I would arrive in the Schengen area on the 25th. Thank you for the response, sir. Greatly appreciated. Aug 20 at 1:44
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    No airline is ever going to deny boarding on the grounds that you MIGHT be rescheduled on an EARLIER flight. This answer simply makes no sense. Visas are always based on the planned arrival time at the destination, regardless of the boarding time or route.
    – Doc
    Aug 20 at 2:00
  • [citation needed]
    – chx
    Aug 20 at 20:24

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