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My Schengen Visa expires on 10th January 2017. It is an 80 days visa for family visit purpose. Now my return journey from Dusseldorf to Mumbai is via Zurich. I am departing Dusseldorf on 10th January 2017 at 20:30 Hrs (CET). Reaching Zurich on 21:30 Hrs (CET). My flight for Mumbai from Zurich is the next day (11th January 2017) morning 9:45 Hrs (CET).

My question is: Doesn't it look like I am overstaying my visa period? But is it really a problem as I am returning back to the country I am a passport holder of (India)?

  • Why not travel one day earlier, so that you leave the Schengen area on January 10th? – Patricia Shanahan Nov 2 '16 at 14:50
  • That's because I have already booked my ticket and then applied for Visa. Now the consulate has issued visa with the valid until date: 10th January 2017. – Honigbiene Nov 2 '16 at 14:52
  • 10th Feb? you mean 10th Jan? – mts Nov 2 '16 at 14:54
  • 10th January yes. Thanks for correcting me. :) – Honigbiene Nov 2 '16 at 14:55
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As correctly pointed out by @pnuts, yes it is a problem.

I see two ways out:

  1. Contact the consulate (or the place that issued your visa) and ask for a correction of the dates on your visa. If you handed in the itinerary with your application they could/should have noticed that.

  2. ZRH has an airside transit hotel. Try to have your luggage checked through from DUS to Mumbai and enter the extra-Schengen zone of ZRH airport before midnight (before 10:30 p.m. when security closes to be precise!) and stay in the transit hotel. (Given your flight times there's not much leeway for delays here!) I have written more about doing this the other way round in Arriving in Zurich the night before Schengen visa validity begins and there you find contact details for the hotel. Absolutely check with them (they are responsive) whether you can enter the area the night before with a boarding pass for the next day, as that might foil this option.

Or simply change your flight dates as pointed out by @AliAwan and others. On the long run the cost is much lower than having an overstay in your history for future applications.

  • I agree! That was a superb analysis. Thanks a ton. :) – Honigbiene Nov 2 '16 at 15:11
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    tbh in your place I would not rely on the solution 2. times are too short and you risk a lot when there is a simple delay as can happen every day! @Honigbiene – mts Nov 2 '16 at 15:12
  • Better I will just go and ask the Consulate if they can change the date. Or i will rebook my ticket. :-/ – Honigbiene Nov 2 '16 at 15:21
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Yes, you are overstaying your Schengen visa for 1 day.

Although you are finishing your Schengen stay in Dusseldorf , but you exit from Zurich next day (11 January 2017) which is actually your last stop in Schengen Zone.

There could be serious consequences for your next Schengen visa , also you are staying 80 days there and traveling back on 11 January 2017 . There is plenty of time now to change your flight date before the visa expiration date.

Because you must have mentioned in your itinerary to Schengen consulate/embassy that you last date of departure is 10 January 2017, it is always feasible to exit before expiration date.

Options :

1 Either change your travel date before 10 January 2017

2 Or contact embassy/consulate to extend visa for another day.

  • Is there any workaround other than rescheduling my flight ticket? Can I apply for a transit visa? Or a one day Schengen Visa on top of my existing Schengen visa which I have received? – Honigbiene Nov 2 '16 at 14:59
  • No @Honigbiene zurich is schengen country, they will not allow for another transit only for staying in zurich. thats not schengen rule – Ali Awan Nov 2 '16 at 15:05
  • Ahh Ohkay. I did not know that. Thanks a lot. :) – Honigbiene Nov 2 '16 at 15:21
  • @Honigbiene welcome anytime, come back again for new questions:) – Ali Awan Nov 2 '16 at 15:22
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    Sure. Thank you once again for your guidance. – Honigbiene Nov 2 '16 at 15:24
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Doesn't it look like I am overstaying my visa period?

Yes.

But is it really a problem as I am returning back to the country I am a passport holder of (India)?

Yes.

  • What are my options? Should I contact the consulate? Or should I take a transit visa of Zürich airport. For Indians they say they don't need a Transit Visa. – Honigbiene Nov 2 '16 at 14:53
  • Probably I should change my flights. You are right. – Honigbiene Nov 2 '16 at 15:22

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