I have issued a Schengen visa from the Italian embassy for tourism. In the visa application, I declared that I will enter Germany first, and then I will stay the longest in Italy.

I'm in Germany now, but I won't be able to visit Italy. My travel plans have changed and I will now be leaving the Schengen states from Germany.

Will this cause me any type of trouble?

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    @Relaxed What do you mean by "in time"? do you mean before the expiry of the visa? Jun 27, 2016 at 22:11
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    I am voting to leave this Q open as it is about the situation of already having the visa and then changing plans, not about where to apply for it as the supposed dupe. See also that none of the answers in the supposed dupe really answer this question here!
    – mts
    Jun 28, 2016 at 8:03
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    @mts And I am not sure I disagree with you ;) I actually thought about mentioning potential issues with subsequent visa applications (although it still seems unlikely) but what I primarily meant is that you are extremely unlikely to run into any kind of trouble at the border on exit (it could be different on entry).
    – Relaxed
    Jun 28, 2016 at 9:20
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    Also note that there are several things that do not add up in the question you linked to (starting with the fact that the consul general himself is unlikely to talk to applicants directly) and I suspect that the OP either misunderstood some things or withheld some details that might have prompted that response from the consulate, which I why I did not answer it back when it was asked.
    – Relaxed
    Jun 28, 2016 at 9:22

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As a tourist, you probably have a visa for all Schengen states. Check your visa, it should say "Stati Schengen" or something like that. That means you can travel through all Schengen states as long as that travel is consistent with your statements and your itinerary in the visa application.

You wrote that you applied to visit Germany and Italy. If you simply cut your visit short and travel home partway through your itinerary, there will be no problem. If you travel to another Schengen state to catch a flight from there, there will be no problem, either. If you stay much longer in Germany than planned, there may be questions.

  • Just a question, how or what will prove to embassies for any future visa application that OP did not spend any time in italy, or spend x days more in Germany than promised, other than hotel bills or flight stubs etc.? There are no border controls in Schengen, so no passport stamps. X days, where it is less than total visa days. If visa was for 15 days, n OP said 6 days in Italy and 4 days in Germany, how embassies might find that he spend 8 days in Germany? Thanks
    – DavChana
    Jun 29, 2016 at 0:28
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    @Davinder, if the OP travels by car or train there would be no records where he was in the Schengen area. If he left the area on time, the main concern of the visa policy is answered, anyway.
    – o.m.
    Jun 29, 2016 at 5:10

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