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This is a hypothetical question that came up in discussion.

Consider a situation where I am in country A. I take a flight to country B, and am refused admission at the border. However I am not allowed back to country A -- maybe I only had a single entry visa, or I used up my visa-free allowance; either way I can't be just put on the next flight back from the same airline.

In this case, how would the removal work? Would they send me back to my home country? Would they force the airline to take me somewhere directly that I am allowed to enter? (And if the airline I came on doesn't fly anywhere from B to where I can go, will the airline need to pay for a ticket on a other airline to somewhere I can enter?)


For a concrete example: a US citizen flies from Spain to the UK after using up his/her 90-out-of-180 days in the Schengen zone. The immigration officers in London refuse entrance for whatever reason. What happens to our poor Yankee friend?

  • Hopefully he doesn't end up like Nasseri en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehran_Karimi_Nasseri – Peter M Nov 28 '16 at 20:13
  • The guidance covers how removals work. In the case you described, the passenger would most likely get removed to Spain because he's not in political danger there. The UK does not participate in Schengen and what happens to the American when he gets there is (as the Brits say) hard cheese. – Gayot Fow Nov 28 '16 at 20:16
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    This one might work as a canonical for the OP's question: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/52025/… – Gayot Fow Nov 28 '16 at 20:21
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    I am pretty sure we have exactly the same question somewhere, but I can't find it. Short answer: Legal details depend on the country you are flying to, but the airline is usually required to bring you to a country, in which you are allowed to enter. It does not have to be the country you originally come from. Most airlines have in their terms and conditions that you are liable for any costs related to such transport, so wether the airline can put you on one of their own flights or they have to buy you a ticket on another airline, the bill will eventually land at your desk. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Nov 28 '16 at 21:07
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    If the passenger is removed to Spain, could Spain reject him and bounce him back to the UK? – Diego Sánchez Nov 30 '16 at 12:05

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