I need to go to India urgently for some days and I live in Berlin, and hold a valid EU blue card. Have been working in Germany for 3+ years. My Niederlassungserlaubnis does not arrive yet, I applied a month ago.

All flight prices are skyrocketing at the moment from Frankfurt. There is a direct flight from our neighbor country Poland to New Delhi, which is much more convenient for me and the prices are quite OK.

For sure I can fly to New Delhi (India) from Poland, but not sure about re-entry. Will they allow my re-entry via Poland? or should I go book a return ticket only to a German city?

If I am not wrong, on Niederlassungserlaubnis, I can take a return flight to any EU Schengen nation, but I am not sure the same about the EU Blue Card.

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    Any Schengen residence permit allows you to enter the Schengen area through any country. You can't use a German residence permit to stay in other countries beyond 90 days in a 180-day period, but you can always transit through any Schengen country on your way to your place of residence.
    – phoog
    Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 15:08
  • Most residence permits issued by Schengen Countries have residence permit printed in english at the bottom. Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 17:30

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First, we need to establish whether the EU Blue Card is a residence permit. It is: the official List of residence permits issued by member states includes the "EU Blue Card" issued by Germany:

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Now head over to https://skyteam.traveldoc.aero/ which is a friendly end user interface to Timatic, the service airlines use to decide whether you can board and see you are good to go:

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You can also travel through other EU countries on your way to the EU country that you live and work in.

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    There's an official list somewhere that enumerates all the documents that serve as a "residence permit" within the meaning of the Schengen Borders Code.
    – phoog
    Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 15:05
  • Excellent. Thank you so much for the clarifications and explanation. Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 15:18
  • @phoog thanks. Edited the answer to rely on that instead.
    – user4188
    Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 17:13

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