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All Schengen States (to which both Germany and Switzerland belong) follow the same visa code (airport transit visas are in article 3). The Schengen States have a common list of countries whose nationals/citizens must have visas for airport transit, even if remaining airside in the international transit area. (In certain situations a Schengen State may ...


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Yes, permanent residence is different from legal presence under a visa. This Canada government page discusses Canadian permanent residence, and contains this text: A permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are citizens of other countries. ...


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I'm not qualified to answer point 1), but as far as I'm aware, the legal side of this is still the Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972 which requires lodgings keepers to record the names and nationalities of their adult (over 16) guests and for "aliens" (which for a couple more weeks means non-EU citizens) Every such person who is an alien shall also— ...


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We managed to gather short list of badges/patches from around the world in this Outdoors SE question: Badges for tourists achievements/quests. Quoting the part about Austria and Germany: This concept is known in German as "Wandernadel" and implemented by a lot of local tourist assiciations, usually in the form of a "book" you can stamp at designated ...


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You will need to apply at the embassy/consulate of the country which is your primary destination. From the EU website: You must lodge the application for a Schengen visa at the Consulate of the country that you intend to visit, or – if you intend to visit more than one Schengen State, the Consulate of the country where you will spend the longest period. ...


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Inside-Schengen travel is being modeled after the practice in the United States. The USA is a huge country where internal flight is far more common than international flight. As such, for decades, US airports have physical gating separating internal flights (which have no immigration or customs checks) from international flights (which do). For instance ...


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You have to state more clearly what you mean. The EU is not identical to the Schengen Area. Here's a map showing the difference: (source: http://www.differencebetween.net/miscellaneous/politics/differences-between-schengen-countries-and-eu-countries/) Now within the Schengen Area, there are no regular border controls, neither for EU citizens nor for ...


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Everyone is supposed to be (occasionally screw-ups happen) checked when entering or leaving the Schengen area. For EU/EEA/Swiss citizens these checks are sometimes be automated via e-Passport gates, but for non-EU citizens, they are always manual. In most Schengen countries, you must be 18 or over to use the automated gates, but in the UK you must be 13 or ...


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There is nothing special about borders inside the European Union. There are border checks between EU countries for everyone, except for those EU countries that have decided to form a group of countries without border checks. Where there are border checks, these checks apply to everyone (how would they know who to check if the checks only applied to non-EU ...


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Yes, there are immigration checks between EU Countries that are members of the Schengen Area and EU Countries that are not (Republic of Ireland as one sample). Immigration checks can be made between Schengen Countries, but as a general rule they are not. Authorized authorities may make Passport or ID checks within each country when they deem it ...


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Everyone is checked when entering the Schengen area from outside the Schengen area, and when leaving the Schengen area to outside the Schengen area. That is true even if the other country involved is an EU country such as Ireland or Bulgaria. EU citizens are subject to reduced checks, but they are nonetheless checked. Automated kiosks perform those checks ...


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No, this is not possible as as the receipt only proves your legal status in Italy. you are only allowed to enter and exit the Schengen area through Italy. Verified by the Polizia di Stato website: Foreigners awaiting renewal of their residence permits can leave and re-enter Italy if they hold: the receipt issued by Italian Post offices (Poste ...


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It is possible to cross by ferry as mentioned by this website: Ferry The car ferry Meersburg - Constance that can also be used by pedestrians or cyclists, makes trip planning even more flexible. There is another car ferry shuttle service between Friedrichshafen and Romanshorn.


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There are no guarantees: that being said, if the pills have no "recreational" value (potential for drug-abuse), then you have less to worry about. I would ensure that your all medication is in properly labeled, preferably by the pharmacy or other authority. The PRC has a very strict policy regarding importation of recreational drugs: I would ensure that ...


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As mentioned in the comments these gates have to be manned so there may not be enough officers: At least in the UK, there's still an officer monitoring the automated gates, perhaps one officer per every four gates. For that reason I'd guess that dynamically adjusting the number of gates according to demand wouldn't be entirely trivial, so the number of ...


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I've certainly had travel insurance that required an EHIC when travelling in Europe. On that occasion it must have been fairly prominent. It's a few years since I got mine but I vaguely recall some instructions about what to do if the card doesn't come in time. Seeing full terms without buying the policy isn't always easy. The benefit of EHIC varies with ...


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