I´m talking only about the bureaucratical nightmare the current residence-permits trigger:
If you are
- an EU national, your Swiss residence permit has the form of a little booklet.
- a non-EU national, your Swiss residence permit has the form of a plastic card.
When travelling from anywhere back home to Switzerland
Exception (and also the problem)
- using an EU-passport is easy, as it allows visa-free entry to Switzerland in any case, hence no problems.
- using a non-EU passport, especially if you need a visa for the Schengen-area, is easy, as you just flash the plastic residence-card. Everybody knows this card, hence no problems.
: Non-EU nationals married to EU-nationals. Such non-EU nationals receive the same booklet-type residence permit, just as their EU partners.
Trying to board a plane towards the Schengen-area with this booklet-type residence permit is practically impossible, as it´s hard to convince airline representatives that this is indeed a valid Schengen residence permit.
Does anyone have corresponding bad experiences?
Thanks and regards,