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According to this link (only in German), it is to check if you have bought the ticket just right now or a sufficient amount of time before. The rules usually are, that you have to buy a ticket before you get on the train. Now, with mobile tickets, some "clever" people thought, they just need to buy a ticket when they see the conductor, and to ride free when ...


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@dunni's answer describes the attack that this security measure attempts to mitgate. A comment on his answer claims that this is "security theatre"; I describe in this answer (because this explanation is too long to fit into a comment) why it is not. Most security measures cannot completely prevent attacks. An effective security measure is one that ...


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There is pretty much nothing you can do to change this. A ban means exactly that - you are not allowed to enter the Schengen area until the ban is over. There are a small number of exceptions, but to have any hope of using them you need to employ an experienced lawyer specializing in these cases. This will be very expensive and have little chance of ...


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There is already a good answer: It provides an additional quick visual indicator in case the passenger bought the ticket only after entering the vehicle and spotting the conductor. But let's add some more context. Ticket controls do not usually pay for themselves with fines. Ticket controls are paid for by getting more people to buy tickets. The goal of ...


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An German blue card is a residence permit issued in the EU uniform format. It looks like other German residence permits (that is, it's not physically very blue, though some of the background pattern is blue) except for the annotation BLAUE KARTE EU. As a uniform-format residence card from a Schengen country, the card allows you to enter the Schengen area ...


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A first step would be to get clear about what happened and why. I'm not a lawyer, but a deportation is distinct from a ban: An Abschiebung is the deportation of a foreigner who has an Ausweisung (order to leave Germany) but did not leave on his or her own. The Abschiebung ends when the foreigner has left Germany. The Ausweisung would have included a ...


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You are most certainly not banned from flying into Hamburg airport specifically; if anything, you are banned from entering Germany as a whole. However, the relevant law to determine an entry ban or a rejection, the Aufenthaltsgesetz (law concerning the presence in the Federal Republic, rough translation), names only one reason for an entry ban (assuming your ...


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This is all about a ticketing system called Proof of Payment. Historically, conductors walked every train and checked every passenger, selling them a ticket if needed. However, this was expensive to staff, so they looked at ways to automate this. They came up with a modified "honor system" where people would buy tickets, and carry proof of this. Then, ...


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These things are located at the entrance of the Liederhalle, "an internationally renowned culture and convention centre". It's functional art. Since its reconstruction in 1956, the Liederhalle has grown into the hub of cultural and social life in Stuttgart. For more than 50 years now, its distinctive acoustics and architecture have delighted the countless ...


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These are, basically, umbrellas/parasols. If you Google for "Liederhalle Schirme" ("Schirm" being kind of a generic word for sun/rain protection) you will find the website https://www.arneggergmbh.de/de/schirme.html, which apparently is the company who produced these things - they have little images of their products on their website, and the respective ...


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For future reference, you can check allowances at www.zoll.de. In general there will be no criminal prosecution for smuggling if it is "accidental" and the duties on your goods would've been less than 250 EUR (§32 ZollVG). In that case you'll basically be fined by paying up to double the normal duties. Theoretically you could be banned for smuggling or ...


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The German term is Karton or Stange, which is 10 packets. The text implies that you gave your Bank information and that the dutch tax office would book it from your account if no payment arrived. Generally older Account numbers are the base of the iban number, with an added country and bank information. So the Dutch tax office will know how to book it if ...


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Formal sponsorship letters in Germany are called Verpflichtungserklärung. They mean that the sponsor is posting a bond and they are only used if the visa would otherwise be denied. If you did not need a Verpflichtungserklärung to get your visa, you probably will not need one now. Your visa had both a duration of stay and a validity period. You can stay at ...


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§18c (Aufenthaltsgesetz) implies, indirectly, that if the person remains in the country for a specific amount of time: the visa can only be renewed when the foreigner has been outside the country the same amount of time that they were inside the country during the previous visa. Since you are at present a full worker, I would suggest asking the Embassy/...


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I am not aware of any restriction regarding nuts. For the sausage, it's slightly more complicated because animal products are heavily regulated under EU law. A quick summary from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture's webpage: In order to prevent the introduction of animal epidemics, it is prohibited to bring meat, milk and products derived ...


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I'm sorry you find yourself in this situation, but you were banned from the Schengen zone by a member country and didn't know how long it was for? That's not on your lawyer, but on you. However, this may help. While you are asking the question about Germany, I'm not good enough at reading german-language websites to get the German-language, specific region ...


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Just having money isn't enough. Your friend has a son-in-law in Germany who is inviting her for some time. She probably isn't young any more. A suspicious mind could wonder if she wants to move in with her daughter and family and overstay. So your fried has to explain why she wants to come to Germany and why she will leave again. But there is a special case ...


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Technically, you are correct that carrying objects out and back in is customs-free, without value limits. Practically, probably nobody will ask ever, if you just walk through the green exit. If you ever get stopped, you should be able to simply declare that all these items were bought before the trip, and simple carried in and out; and for smaller value ...


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Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Most things are more expensive there. A meal at McDonalds starts at around 10 euros for the most basic budget version, if someone is earning 20-30 euros and hour they’re considered very lowly paid. Austria isn’t quite so bad, but after the Nordics and Switzerland it is probably the most ...


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You should understand what sponsorship means in this context. You cannot make sure that your sister will leave the Schengen area, so promises by you will not help in this regard. Your sister will have to explain how she will afford the trip. If her explanation is that you will pay, she must explain why you would pay, and you must explain that you can ...


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2019: When you start your journey with any valid AB or BC ticket, you stamp the extension-ticket thus creating a valid ABC ticket. The Kurzstrecken ticket may not be used for this purpose (different price). (In 2012 this may have been possible, but for many years now no longer is) The Kurzstrecken (short distance) may only be used for 3 U/S-Bahn or 6 Bus/...


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