I'm traveling to Karlsruhe for a week with Schengen visa in the business category, and I would like to visit Switzerland & France during the weekends. Is this allowed or will I face any issues in Switzerland/France?

  • I assume you are indian passport holder with german visa. Switzerland/France is a part of schengen so you can travel freely. sometimes there are border checks on train or airport (i have seen passport control in basel airport) you just have to show your passport. Thats it!
    – pbu
    Mar 16, 2017 at 14:06
  • @pbu Why the assumption on nationality?
    – Giorgio
    Mar 16, 2017 at 14:21
  • @Dorothy His username sounds indian name.
    – pbu
    Mar 16, 2017 at 14:29
  • @pbu not a good idea or respectful, IMO; preferable to ask nationality and other info (specific type of visa) and then offer an answer; comments can disappear, answers stay and offer value.
    – Giorgio
    Mar 16, 2017 at 15:04

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The answer is pretty simple : if you have a Schengen visa, you can go anywhere you want/need in Schengen area.

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    This is correct as long as the valid for: doesn't name only Germany (extremely rare but question does not clarify this)
    – RedBaron
    Mar 16, 2017 at 8:53
  • It is also only correct as long as no immigration officers thinks that you are trying to use your Schengen visa for a different purpose from which it was issued for. Mar 16, 2017 at 9:50
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo you should make that an answer, with your usual clarifications.
    – Giorgio
    Mar 16, 2017 at 14:23
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo That's misleading. For example, a multiple-entry business visa issued for frequent visits to a company in one place may be used for a beach vacation to another place. Perhaps a better way to say it would be "as long as no immigration officer thinks that you are using your visa fraudulently or committed fraud in your application."
    – phoog
    Mar 16, 2017 at 14:47
  • @phoog You are completely right. What I said only applies to single-entry visas. Mar 16, 2017 at 15:03

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