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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 used in the commission of a crime whilst in the country. Having 16 bank/credit cards is obviously not illegal - presuming that they are actually legitimate cards, ...


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I recall someone saying that you can't go to the same Schengen country as a tourist for 3 months over and over even if you don't overstay a trip, because immigration thinks that it's suspicious for some reason. They might find it suspicious, but it's not against the rules, and if they look at you more closely because of their suspicion, they ought not to ...


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I am not sure, as I am not a border official, but I suspect they assumed you had either stolen cards or fake cards. Most people travel with one or two credit cards next to one or two bank cards and a handful of cards in the same size which have nothing to do with money. Having so many more is likely something rare and as I have heard many stories of people ...


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This is a refusal of entry stamp. Unless you have also been banned (which is unlikely unless deception was involved), a refusal doesn't prevent you from reentering the Schengen area and won't be recorded in the SIS. You might reasonably expect additional scrutiny next time you cross an EU or Schengen border (or even possibly other countries' borders) so ...


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I have not been able to take that train yet, (it was cancelled when I was booked on it, September,) but I think they do it that same way, allow Brussels and Lille passengers in one part of the train and UK passengers in the other part. The platform in Amsterdam has a barrier, so they can keep one part of the train in a restricted zone, while the rest is open ...


17

No, unless the citizenship of the residence permit holder allows this. Schengen has a special case for residence permit holders of other Schengen states, but generally speaking they go by citizenship. The residence permit might make it much easier to get a visa, but a visa would still be required.


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If you would like to leave the transit area and pass the Schengen border (e.g. to visit the city), you will need a regular type C short-term Schengen visit visa. You do not need an airport transit visa to transfer through an Italian airport as an Indian citizen (in any case, your valid US visa would exempt you from any Schengen airport transit visa ...


12

I wonder if I may encounter difficulties if I drive from the UK to Spain via, for example, France and then make the return journey Spain-France-UK say five years later. Would the French Authorities think I had overstayed my 90 day non-visa visit to the Schengen area? No. The French authorities will recognize that you are not subject to the 90/180 rule when ...


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As Harper - Reinstate Monica stated, most countries, and the countries of the Schengen Area are no exception, don't want you to use tourist/visitor visas to effectively live in a country through repeated visits. The rule of thumb usually applied is that you shouldn't be in the country (or area, in the case of Schengen) more than half of the time. If you're ...


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Based on technical possibilities and organizational practice, the explanation can't be true. There is no electronical register containing information about wether an EU/EEA/Schengen country citizen is currently within or outside the Schengen area, nor is a such register planned, nor would it be possible to keep such a register up to date the way border ...


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I've contacted the Borders & Coastguard Agency of Gibraltar with exactly the case described above and have received the following answer: We do not accept residency cards issued outside of the United Kingdom unless they have been issued on the basis that the holder is a family member of an EU National. For us to accept the residency card it would need ...


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In a nutshell, both Bulgaria and Romania apply the whole Schengen acquis (which means all the rules about entry and short stays, the SIS and Dublin regulations, the list of countries whose citizens need a visa, etc., etc. and not merely the 90/180 day limit) but only to one country (not as part of the Schengen area nor to both countries as a group). ...


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Usually banks are reluctant to issue similar cards to the same person, so that would imply active relationships with many different financial institutions, something that is quite unusual, and therefore suspicious. Personally, I have an unusually large number because I have business and personal and some offer kickbacks and some have advantages on foreign ...


6

I was in this exact situation as a non-EU national with residence in Sweden. I have to leave and enter Schengen elsewhere due to the lack of direct flights, and my passport was always stamped on entry and exit. As long as you show the residence card when exiting Schengen, they will not bother looking for any stamp and consider your presence lawful even ...


5

Several sets of rules (specifically the Schengen Borders code and the Free movement directive) interact here so it can indeed be a little confusing. A lot of material available online, when not outright wrong, is also concerned with the rules that apply to regular holders of Schengen visas or other documentation (i.e. people who are not married to an EU ...


5

In principle, when presented with an Australian passport, border guards are supposed to look for an entry stamp to check you haven't stayed too long in the Schengen area. In practice, they do not always check that very carefully and even if they do, I don't see how you would risk anything more than a lecture since, as an EU citizen your presence was legal ...


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Finland does not have an embassy in Pakistan, so the visit visa is processed via Netherlands. Send an email Ministry for Foreign Affairs Finland, with below applicant details. They will request the Netherlands Embassy in Pakistan to process the application. Email visas.mfa@formin.fi Applicant details include name, contact info, purpose of travel After ...


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You are exempt as long as you are travelling with your EU spouse. Administrative formalities may apply if you stay in one country for more than 3 months consecutively. The Practical Handbook for Border Guards, while not legally binding itself, represents the position of the European Commission on matters of interpretation on the Schengen Borders Code and ...


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Entry regulations in Germany are listed on the website of the Auswärtiges Amt. There, it says: No exceptions can be made for entry from virus variant areas. Those in transit from high-incidence areas and other risk areas are exempt from registration, testing and quarantine requirements under certain circumstances. This includes transit through a risk area ...


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You can certainly apply for a Schengen visa in the UK, as that seems to be your place of residence at the moment. Your stay under a visit visa would be a maximum of 90 days in any 180 day period, and this is counted for the Schengen area as a whole, so it doesn't matter how long you stay in an individual country, other than that you're supposed to apply at ...


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Right now, the whole of mainland France is under lockdown. Crossing provincial borders (département) is only allowed for limited purposes and nobody is supposed to travel anywhere for leisure (that's irrespective of citizenship or status). Restaurants, museums, and many shops are also closed. Since you are already in the Schengen area, most of the formal ...


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ETIAS is designed to be mandatory for third-country travellers. Your first link doesn't really contradict this. It simply says a grace period will be available before the system is mandatory. but another page says we must have it to enter Finland and another one says mandatory to go to any Schengen country. If you are using present tense to mean at the ...


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It's not so much the citizenship or residence that matters, but the passport that you are using for travel. If you are travelling with a Brazilian passport, then you should be allowed to enter without a visa, just like other Brazilian passport holders. If using another passport, you should check the list of countries whose nationals are exempted from holding ...


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If the carta d'identita contains, in the lower right hand corner, the words: NON VALIDA PER L'ESPATRIO and under nationality contains anything other than ITA then you are not an Italian citizen, nor is the card valid outside of Italy and cannot be used for travelling outside of Italy Italy is one of the few countries that issues an identity card to ...


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You should carry the paper documentation of the vaccinations. Now in EU there is a transition period, where also the "old" paper certifications are valid, with the hope that soon also the electronic certificate will be recognized by EU. OTOH there is a lot of geopolitics involved, so...we never know. Note: very recently Italy changed rules for ...


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With such an itinerary, you have to enter the Schengen area in Frankfurt and once you are past the border check, you can easily go to the city. As far as immigration law is concerned, a Finnish residence permit is enough for that, even if this is your first trip to Finland. Depending on where you are coming from, additional Covid-related restrictions do ...


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I asked the German Consulate in Toronto and here is their answer (relevant excerpt from the full screenshot here): With regards to your question, a tourist visa will be issued as per submitted documents at your visa appointment. In other words, if you submit documents for a trip to Germany from December 23rd to 31st, the visa will be issued for exactly that ...


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You have to remember there are rules. Whether you like it or not, and whether this is fair or not is irrelevant, visas are not a right, they are a privilege. Each country (or here, union of countries, the Schengen Area) is free to decide who can enter, and under what conditions. The rules are clear. You cannot ask for a visa to travel to country X when you ...


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Official answer from the Consulate in DC Dear Sir, You can enter before on your 90/180 days allowance BUT <<Or would I need to leave the schengen area and re-enter to get a valid stamp matching the visa start date?>> You will have to leave the Schengen area (visiting UK for example) to have your long-stay Visa activated.


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