You're a resident of Schengen country A.

You're entering or exiting Schengen via Schengen country B.

B doesn't stamp your passport while entering/exiting.

Why is that?

Doesn't this complicate things or cause problems in some Schengen countries for certain procedures?

Slightly relevant: Which Schengen countries (don't) stamp passports of ordinary residence permit holders?

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    Commented May 31, 2023 at 13:36

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Presently, the passport stamps are used for the calculation of the duration of the authorised stay of third country nationals. (The 90 days in any 180-day period rule)

Article 11 of the Schengen Border Code does not list residence permit card holders as being exempted from the passport stamp requirement.

Since the 90 day rule does not apply while in the country of residence, the passport stamps served no practical purpose as proof that the 3rd country national has overstayed while outside of their country of residence.

Since changes to the Schengen Border Code were planned for the introduction of the Entry/Exit System (EES), that would take this into account, no changes were made to the Border Code in 2017.

Some countries simply stopped stamping the passports of residence permit card holders in expectation of this change.

When the Entry/Exit System (EES) is introduced (now expected in 2024), the entry and exit recording will be done electronically and the passport stamps abolished.

Article 2 (3) of REGULATION (EU) 2017/2226 (Entry/Exit System (EES)) contains a list of persons who will be exempt from the recording of their entry and exit.

Among these are residence permit card holders and persons with a long-stay visas.

  • Thanks, "now expected in 2024" can you link a source? I couldn't fnd it
    – oooooo
    Commented May 28, 2023 at 11:36
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    @oooooo No, there is none. An official statement doesn't exist to my knowlage. They want to get right before starting so that events, such as in Dover, don't happen. The nearest is this: 2023-01-24: New EU border checks delayed until the end of 2023. Why are airlines supportive? Commented May 28, 2023 at 12:35
  • Thanks, would they exchange historical data or would it be from 2024 and onwards?
    – oooooo
    Commented May 31, 2023 at 11:05
  • @oooooo How can they? The stamps are in the passports of the travelers. Commented May 31, 2023 at 11:54
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    @oooooo If someone has a valid residence permit, they don't care when they enter or leave the Schengen Area. Commented May 31, 2023 at 12:28

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