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Customs duties on antique books and maps imported as gifts from US to Germany

All items are more than 100 years old and were originally printed in Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany; I've learned that country of origin can make a big difference when it comes to customs). ...
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Canadian citizen transiting/visiting multiple Schengen countries

For visa purposes, it is often best to think of the Schengen Area as one, large country. Since you are Canadian, I would compare your European itinerary to something like: entering Canada in ...
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Canadian citizen transiting/visiting multiple Schengen countries

"It makes no sense": indeed, it does not. In general, if you can enter as a tourist, you can also transit. As a Canadian in the Schengen zone, you can enter as a tourist for up to 90 days ...
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Canadian citizen transiting/visiting multiple Schengen countries

When people talk about "transit", they are often referring to a flight itinerary that stops in an intermediate country for some period of time. For people who are from a country where a ...
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Was I incorrectly denied boarding due to passport extensions?

Latest from the EU Commission on passport validity - European Commission - "The conditions set out in article 6(1)(a) of the Schengen Borders code (i.e. that the passport's validity shall extend ...
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Layover in FCO without Schengen visa

There are no hotels inside FCO's "airside" area. Thus, If you want to stay in a hotel, you must pass Schengen Immigration, collect your luggage (if any), and pass Schengen Customs, then go ...
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Layover in FCO without Schengen visa

FCO doesn't appear to have any airside sleeping accommodations Some sources claim that as recently as March 2022 the airport is closed at night between 0:00 and 3:00 for Covid related cleaning. I wasn'...
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Traveling from Germany to Austria without a passport at hand, with Blue card - plastic card "Aufenthaltstitel" but also says Pass(Ersatz)

The notation Pass(Ersatz) shows that the Aufenthaltstitel is an identity document. It is not listed as an acceptable replacement for a passport to enter Germany. The Schengen acquis also states that a ...
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Canadian transit visa for an international student in the US

There are no special rules for foreign students in the U.S. to transit through Canada. The circumstances where a visa national can transit Canada without a visa are listed on the government website. A ...
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86 Day Internship in Germany

What type of visa is it? Field: type: 'C' or 'D'? What is written in the field remarks? It is type C visa. Remarks are besuchs geschaft visum / keit nicht gestatet "Erwerbstätigkeit nicht ...
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Do consulates verify travel medical insurance?

If I buy it for a week and manually modify the expiration date to satisfy them, would they figure it out? Possibly yes. Will they call/email the insurance company? Possibly yes. Ask them when it ...
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Do non-Schengen flight crews working in and out of the area, fall foul of the 90/180 day rule?

Normally, flight crew members will enter the Schengen area on the basis of a pilot's license or crew certificate (see Annex VII, item 2 of the Schengen Borders Code), which is not to be stamped (see ...
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Second entrance to Schengen area on a multiple entrance visa

Yes, your plan is fine in principle. For a multiple entries visa, it is not required to always enter in the country that issued the visa (issuing country). You should make sure that you follow the ...
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Do sea days count towards the 90/180 limit in Schengen area?

It really boils down to where you will undergo exit border checks. As of April 2022, the length of your stay is still determined based on the stamps in your passport. There is no central database of ...
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Non-EU: Travelling within the Schengen without a passport because its held at the US embassy

From talking and asking around, I know there have been many other people in my position and have helped me, so I'm passing it along here: I was told I can email the US consulate to withdraw my ...
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Non-EU: Travelling within the Schengen without a passport because its held at the US embassy

This is just a clarification of some of the points in NYCvisitor2228968's essentially correct answer, but too long for a comment, so bear with me here. Most, but not all, Schengen countries require ...
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Non-EU: Travelling within the Schengen without a passport because its held at the US embassy

You need a valid travel document to cross borders, even within the Schengen area. A residence permit is not a travel document, so it is not enough. As documents may be checked at the gate, chances are ...
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