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Wrongfully held at Italian passport control for over an hour (EU citizen): can I get financial compensation?

Answer Can I get financial compensation? Can you first quantify in euros how much damage you suffered from detention? If yes, consult a lawyer asking if there is any rule granting you compensation. ...
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Brexit passport renewal - Will I need to pay again?

The answer is almost certainly #1: it's extraordinarily unlikely that existing British passports would be completely invalidated by Brexit. A British passport states that you're a British citizen, ...
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Wrongfully held at Italian passport control for over an hour (EU citizen): can I get financial compensation?

I'd say the chance to get any kind of financial compensation is low. There is no compensation provision in Schengen Borders Code, and I doubt there is one in the Italian national law. You can pursue ...
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Is it safe for a foreigner to travel to Russia these days?

I am a citizen of a Western country and moved out of Russia shortly after the start of the current large-scale military conflict despite having some unfinished business in Russia, and since then I've ...
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Why do UK border officers question EEA nationals entering?

My experience at the UK border is the same and I even have had a short questioning when leaving my own country. Something I am definitely allowed to do. At some point this was at a smaller airport ...
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Immigration officer stamped "Indefinite leave to enter UK" in US passport of EU citizen. How to fix it?

A US/Swedish dual national transited UK immigration controls on his US passport. After a brief landing interview, the IO issued Indefinite Leave to Remain along with a handwritten note that the holder ...
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I've lost my ID, will I still be able to travel?

You have a bigger problem than "will Ryanair let me fly" but rather "will I be admitted to the UK". To be admitted to the UK, you must usually have a passport, or an EEA national identity card. You ...
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Is it safe for a foreigner to travel to Russia these days?

No source is given, however the UK government travel advice page for Russia says: ”There have been multiple reports of intensive security checks on foreign nationals at Russian border crossings upon ...
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Immigration officer stamped "Indefinite leave to enter UK" in US passport of EU citizen. How to fix it?

It sounds like the IO went above and beyond, with better service than the traveler could rationally have expected in advance -- but I can't see anything wrong about the outcome. The EU/EEA freedom of ...
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Brexit passport renewal - Will I need to pay again?

In your comment, you linked to an official source that (rather understatedly) answers your question: To save the taxpayer money, the newly designed passports will be introduced in a phased approach....
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Wrongfully held at Italian passport control for over an hour (EU citizen): can I get financial compensation?

I think you are out of luck because in my understanding, the officer was right and you were wrong. Well, the officer is always right to begin with, but in this case, he really is. You correctly state ...
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Can I re-enter the USA on an ESTA within a 180-day period?

The visa waiver program allows you to enter the US for up to 90 days per visit. There is no rule about 180 days. Immigration officers may question whether you are abusing the program by using it to ...
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Strange landing interview at LGW for an EEA national

The officer might have wondered if your documents are genuine or a (good) forgery. That can sometimes be gauged by asking a couple of rambling questions and see if the answers are coherent. That ...
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Strange landing interview at LGW for an EEA national

You stated you were arriving from Zurich. The officer asked you a destabilizing question: why do you have a Swiss debit card? Such questions are meant to gauge your reaction and the consistency of ...
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Does the UK know whether I am currently there or not?

Note: this question was later cross-posted in Expats with the result of further information being available. Those interested should visit the cross-posted question at UK immigration application: ...
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Why do UK border officers question EEA nationals entering?

The other answers have given good general reasons. I want to add a little bit to your particular case, though. In OP you mention that you asked the border officer to stamp a piece of paper that you ...
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Why do UK border officers question EEA nationals entering?

Border Officers are trained to look for anything suspicious, and rightly so. Their job is not to welcome you to the country, but to protect the border. Just because your nationality grants legal ...
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I am British, my children hold EU passports, which queue should we join at an EU airport?

You should have the right to go through the EU passport lane. This stems from the Schengen Borders Code article 10 (1) and article 2 (5)(a), read together with article 3 (2)(a) of directive 2004/38/EC....
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How should I enter Schengen as a dual UK & EU citizen?

I have UK and Irish passports. I use the Irish one when entering an EU or EEA country or Switzerland. I use the UK one to enter the UK. If you use the UK passport to enter the Schengen area then it ...
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Temporary SIM card while visiting US

Cell provider employee here... I'm not gonna recommend our services, so I guess that makes this not a disclaimer? Also, edited as a result of noticing your link to your phone radios... Your best bet ...
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Is it safe for a foreigner to travel to Russia these days?

Should that traveler be more cautious or mindful about doing specific things that previously were of no concern? Yes. It's a never a great idea to travel to an area that's participating in an active ...
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As a dual citizen, am I allowed to travel outside of the European Union without using the EU passport?

If you only had your Brazilian passport, it would bring up some subtle questions about obligations when crossing the border, your rights as EU citizen, what you may or may not do with an expired ...
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I am British, my children hold EU passports, which queue should we join at an EU airport?

The approach I take is: Ask them. There is almost always someone directing people to lines. Explain your situation and ask which line to join. If there isn't someone to ask, join the EU line. My ...
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I've lost my ID, will I still be able to travel?

As others stated, you won't make it without an Id, so your best bet is to request a new ID. A Portuguese ID can be requested with very high urgency. You can do it today and still get it today or ...
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Air ticket compensation for changed flight

You are eligible for comensation under the European Union's EU261 compensation rules. Your flight would classify as a "type 2" flight, which for a cancellation occurring less than 1 week before ...
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Travel with Expired Greek Passport from UK to Greece and Return

See the answer by @Chris Melville, he is in the business and knows what he talks about. You still have two months before Christmas, best to initiate the passport or ID card replacement right now, ...
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Strange landing interview at LGW for an EEA national

Turned comment into answer per @Gayot Fow suggestion You can consider yourself extremely lucky, if the was the weirdest question you ever got at immigration. Immigration officers are supposed to ask ...
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I've lost my ID, will I still be able to travel?

I can only answer to you how the situation in Switzerland and the Netherlands is. You are able to aquire an emergency passport at the airport, when you lose your ID or passport or when it has been ...
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Why do UK border officers question EEA nationals entering?

As a retired Immigration Officer, there is a madness to questioning people. Most people do not realize that you were being watched well before you enter the inspection station area. You may notice ...
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Travel with Expired Greek Passport from UK to Greece and Return

"My Greek ID is in a bad condition and will not be accepted" How bad? Do not assume that it won't be accepted. Even if it's a bit tatty, as long as your photograph still identifies you - and contains ...
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