A friend in Prague just contacted me asking the possibility of traveling back to Italy. He is Pakistani passport holder and lives in Italy on student residence permit. He was traveling in Prague where somebody has stolen his documents and credit cards and also the residence permit. He has already filed a theft report of residence permit and other documents with local police in Prague.

Now, he wants to travel back to Italy. He has a flight back to Italy tomorrow booked with Czech airlines. So, what do you guys suggest about traveling within Schengen area with lost residence permit?

  • This is not a duplicate since the OP here is abroad whereas the linked question mentions a EU resident losing their residence permit in their country of residency. Voting to reopen.
    – JoErNanO
    Jul 20, 2015 at 15:52
  • @JoErNanO There is indeed clearly a difference in the question, but does it make the answer any different? I am not sure, I would actually still consider it is duplicate. Unless you suggest there is a different answer. BTW, if the question was about how to get a new residence permit (in Czechh Republic or Italy), it would become different and interesting.
    – Vince
    Jul 20, 2015 at 16:15
  • @Vince That's not relevant, duplicate means it's the same question.
    – Relaxed
    Jul 20, 2015 at 16:28
  • @Vince I see your point. The answer will probably be different since in this case the OP must deal with foreign authorities, or consulates. Whereas the OP of the linked duplicate can ask for a new document using emergency routes, or similar services. Having said this, I think the question of how to obtain a new permit is a valid one and I might indeed ask it, provided we don't reopen this one.
    – JoErNanO
    Jul 20, 2015 at 16:33
  • @Relaxed I think it's always the same debate, I agree with you "duplicate" refers to the question, but then what's displayed is "This question already has an answer here" which means it could be a different question with the same answer.
    – Vince
    Jul 20, 2015 at 16:35

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The easiest option would be to find a car-share, or a series of car-shares from Prague to Italy. All other options can result in a check by the police and unpleasant time spent proving his identity, especially considering the recent refugee situation.

  • Officials at Prague Airport generally don't check one's residency card, but he might be subject to racial profiling
  • Buses through Germany and Austria are sometimes checked
  • Trains are often patrolled by policemen at border stations, with racial profiling coming into play once again
  • Private cars, on the other hand, are very rarely checked and the police is mostly interested in the contents of the trunk rather than the identity of the passengers
  • Germany always does have a passport control (racial profiling) through its borders (buses, trains, air) so avoid going through germany. May be train through Prague-Vienna-Venice will work or fly through milan.
    – pbu
    Aug 20, 2015 at 18:25
  • Rumor has it that cars aren't checked as often as trains and buses.
    – JoErNanO
    Aug 25, 2015 at 10:46

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