I would like to use my electronic boarding pass to access security and passport checks a bit too early: 15 hours before the flight.

Is this going to be accepted in Arlanda airport, Stockholm? I don't have any luggage to check in.

The reason is that, if I stamp my passport later, I may be staying in the coutry over what my visa allows.

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    The specifics will depend on the airline and the airport. Firstly do you have checked luggage, if so you'll need to check it it with the airlines (how early they allow this, you need to ask them). If assuming you don't have checked baggage, then yes it may be possible to clear security with the boarding pass and subsequently to clear immigration.
    – nikhil
    Commented Apr 30 at 22:25
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    I don't know the answer to your question. But if you choose the alternate strategy suggested by @jcaron in his comment to your previous question and select another destination/flight combination that departs Friday, you'll be able to avoid overstaying your visa without the uncertainty of whether you'll be permitted to pass immigration so far in advance of your current flight, and whether you'll be permitted to hang around post-immigration until your flight leaves. Commented Apr 30 at 23:23
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    @SJuan76 Arlanda airport are open 24h (according to their official website).
    – user146016
    Commented Apr 30 at 23:58
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    If your visa expires on a Friday and you're still waiting in the gate room on Saturday then you haven't left the country in line with your visa restrictions. If immigration catch you they may have questions to ask. They probably won't stop you leaving, but they could make life difficult the next time you try to enter. Commented May 1 at 3:55
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    If your flight was scheduled for 1 or 2 am, sure, going through immigration late in the day before would be possible. For a flight leaving in the afternoon, going through immigration 15 hours earlier is going to raise suspicion, if at all possible. As requested previously, what is your nationality and which city are you trying to get to?
    – jcaron
    Commented May 1 at 12:23

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Passing through Immigration doesn't mean you have left the country, or the Schengen area... When you enter the secure area, you're not in a no-man's-land, but still in Sweden. You'll leave Sweden when your flight does.

Since it's only one day, there may not be consequences on the spot, but next time you try to enter there maybe be difficulties.

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    It is the first time I've heard of this wrong belief that you've left a country when you go through immigration, but despite it being a (wide-)spread belief it's not true. As a consequence of this, the immigration officers might check your boarding pass to see when you're going to leave and notice that you're doing something wrong. Commented May 1 at 8:24
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    I totally believed the same thing as well, and did the same thing as the OP once a couple of years ago in India unintentionally. (Flight was leaving at 1AM, and we went through security at 10PM or so). We did get sent off to the side for it, but then again it wasn't a problem at all in our case... wasn't even sure whether we did or didn't do anything wrong, we were just told to wait in one spot, and then we were told that all was good/solved/handled (I think some immigration shift manager had to sign off on it or something). Been meaning to research how this works. Commented May 1 at 12:09
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    I'm not saying that the belief is founded, as he was most likely oversimplifying, but a police officer once told me there was no way I could go back, through passport control, to grab a sandwich at a restaurant in the "domestic" area, because I had for all purposes already left the country and I couldn't just go back and forth through the border. He should have probably said that they couldn't (easily) void then re-register my passage through the checks, but instead he said I had passed a border. Episodes like this may contribute to the misunderstanding.
    – Nicola Sap
    Commented May 1 at 15:20
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    "You'll leave Sweden when your flight does" Could you please provide more details? Does this mean the scheduled departure time before any delays, including all the delays, the moment of crossing the border of Sweden during the flight, or something else?
    – mintay
    Commented May 1 at 16:16
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    @mintay, in general, an airline flight is considered to start once the door is closed in preparation for pushback from the gate. I suspect that if a situation ever arises where it's necessary to know the exact instant of "departure from the country", they'll pick this moment.
    – Mark
    Commented May 1 at 21:02

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