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No transit zone at Linate airport. Couldn't get on connecting flight. Whose responsibility is it?

You misunderstand. The lack of an international transit zone was not your problem. Even if there had been an international transit zone, you would not have been able to remain in it. Your problem ...
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Coming up with a fake travel plan to apply for a Schengen visa, will I get caught?

In order to acquire a canonical question/answer about lying on Schengen applications in our TSE archives, allow me to offer the following advice. The strict 'party line' on TSE is we do not encourage ...
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My passport was stamped with an exit stamp while transiting to another Schengen country via Turkey. Was this a mistake?

Your thinking seems to be that because you were flying from one country in the Schengen Area to another country in the Schengen area, then you were not really "exiting" Schengen, so should not have ...
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Can a non-EU citizen with residency visa traveling with me come with me through the EU passport line, when entering Schengen area?

Generally not. Non-EU citizens who are family members of EU citizens within the meaning of the free movement directive are entitled to use the EU passport lines at Schengen borders, but other ...
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Why does custom officer stop me for carrying too many credit cards?

Immigration and Customs officials are generally on the lookout for anything that could be an indicator that a traveler is either carrying something illegal, or is bringing something in that may be ...
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What happens if someone I invited to Schengen area does not leave?

According to the Swiss government's Information on Declaration of Sponsorship (pdf), a guarantor cannot legally vouch for a guest's departure from Switzerland. Any statements you may have made ...
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Two parallel diagonal lines on a Schengen passport stamp

Technically, this is probably a duplicate of this question. However, the specifics make it worthy of a new answer. As that answer states, the double parallel lines indicates that the exit from the ...
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If I arrive in the UK, and then head to mainland Europe, does my Schengen visa 90 day limit start when I arrived in the UK, or mainland Europe?

The 90 day clock starts when you arrive in mainland Europe. The UK isn't in the Schengen Area, so your time there has no effect on your Schengen time limit. It's worth noting that the EU and ...
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My passport was stamped with an exit stamp while transiting to another Schengen country via Turkey. Was this a mistake?

Turkey is not in the Schengen area, so going from Spain to Turkey is exiting the Schengen area and therefore your passport gets stamped with an exit stamp. But the exit stamp is actually entirely ...
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I'm on vacation in Vienna and was never asked to stamp my passport, what do I do?

The Netherlands and Austria are in the Schengen Area. There are no border checks (unless exceptional circumstances) and no immigration stamps. You will receive the stamp when you leave the Schengen ...
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What is meant by "personal impact and articulation skills" in the context of border entry?

Personal impact refers to how a traveler presents him- or herself to an immigration officer. Some people may appear more credible, while others may seem less so. Some people may appear nervous, ...
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Hitchhiking in Europe under the age of 18

I did a bit of unaccompanied traveling in the EU when I was your age. (But I've never hitchhiked.) Legal aspects As EU/Schengen citizens both of you are entitled to travel quite freely in all these ...
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US citizen flying to France today and my passport expires in less than 2 months

From Visa policy of the Schengen area: To be able to enter the Schengen Area/Bulgaria/Croatia/Cyprus/Romania visa waiver, the above Annex II nationals are required to: have a travel document which ...
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How are border closures enforced in the Schengen area given the large number of crossing points?

This is enforced the way most rules are enforced: catching the low hanging fruits, deterring others and generally making it more costly/statistically less likely to succeed even if you cannot stop ...
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What is the protocol for visa overstay at Zurich airport, and will I get the judgement?

This is too important for a comment. CONSULT AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER. You need professional help to get this sorted out. Yes, this will be expensive but if you screw this up further you may be refused ...
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Traveling from Frankfurt to Madrid on a single-entry Schengen visa

LATAM (or specifically, LATAM Chile) is a Chile based airline. This particular flight is what's known as a "tag" flight - an additional leg that's added onto an international flight to allow them to ...
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Is there any common country to visit for persons holding UK and Schengen visas?

According to the Mexican consulate in San Francisco, anyone who would otherwise need a visa to visit Mexico is exempt from that requirement if they have a Schengen or UK visa (among others): ...
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Racism at Schengen ports of entry. Are there better ports of entry for people of color?

Based on my own years of experience of flying to the Schengen area as an Indian, and conversation with countless friends, acquaintances, family members, Paris (CDG) is in general the most friendly ...
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UK citizen married to an Irish citizen. How much time can I spend in the EU after Brexit?

Because your wife is an Irish citizen, you are the spouse of an EU citizen. You will therefore continue to have rights under the free movement directive even after most citizens of the UK cease ...
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Why should one apply for UK visa before other visas, on a multi-destination European holiday?

One possibility: Some countries require visa applicants to show proof that they've already bought flight tickets etc. for the entire trip by the time they apply for a visa. I'm not sure whether Spain ...
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Can a non-EU citizen travel freely within the Schengen area without passport?

Schengen does not remove the requirement to have appropriate documentation when crossing borders (or even within a country). It only removes systematic checks at borders. You can still have spot ...
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Schengen to Schengen with connecting flight via UK (non-Schengen)

Do not do this. If you travel Schengen to Schengen via Non-Schengen what will happen is the following: You will get a Schengen exit stamp in Iceland, as you are exiting the Schengen Area. You will ...
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Germany rejected my entry to Schengen countries

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 ...
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No transit zone at Linate airport. Couldn't get on connecting flight. Whose responsibility is it?

The cause of your problem is that your route included an internal Schengen flight. This has nothing to do with there being (or not) a transit area in Linate. It is because of your Milan to Rome flight ...
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Forced to pay a customs fee for importing a used wedding dress into the Netherlands. Is there a way to avoid paying?

Regulation in this area can be rigid or feel unfair but neither the fact that the dress is used nor the fact you paid GST are relevant as such. As a resident of the Netherlands, you are definitely ...
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Arriving in Zurich the night before Schengen visa validity begins

You might be lucky with this, but it comes at a risk that Schengen authorities will not be happy about you arriving early even though you pass immigration only the next day. Your first problem will be ...
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Do I need a visa to transit between German cities when I have a U.S. visa?

Sorry, you'll need a Schengen visa. The lines you are quoting are about transiting via a single airport ("MUC or FRA", not "and"), meaning you fly in, change planes and fly out without ever entering ...
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What is meant by "personal impact and articulation skills" in the context of border entry?

Personal impact and articulation refer to a person's physical appearance and behaviour when they present themselves to the immigration officer, and the way they answer questions. As noted by phoog's ...
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