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Old 21.11.2015, 10:43
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No that's not true. I was told the opposite by German border guards, on more than one occasion, that I did not have to have my passport (or identity card) with me when entering Germany from Switzerland. You don't need a valid travel document within Schengen, that's the whole point of it. I take my C-permit as it identifies who I am and is often necessary to get a stamp on the Ausfuhrschein from claiming back VAT. I would never take my passport, unless I am there for legal business which requires it.What nonsense!Not quite. You don't need a valid travel document. You might need proof of identity within Germany for example. The C-permit is proof of identity in some circumstances.
You need valid ID when travelling anywhere in Schengen and a Swiss permit is not valid ID OUTSIDE Switzerland.

You go ahead and carry on as you are if you wish but please don't encourage others to do the same. The Swiss permit is NOT sufficient as proof of ID and people who cross the border should always carry ID which is valid for the country they're in.
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Old 21.11.2015, 11:24
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Re: Swiss Border Controls

I'm surprised permits are accepted as proof of anything. Mine looks as though it was assembled in a kindergarten art class.
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Old 21.11.2015, 11:25
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I'm surprised permits are accepted as proof of anything. Mine looks as though it was assembled in a kindergarten art class.
Don't non-EU folks get a different one in a plastic card form, rather than the flimsy paper ones we have?
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Old 21.11.2015, 12:26
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Don't non-EU folks get a different one in a plastic card form, rather than the flimsy paper ones we have?
Yes. It's all official looking and everything. Just like my library card. Good for scraping frost off the car window, though.
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Old 22.11.2015, 07:39
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Re: Swiss Border Controls

I often get stopped in the basel area borders, zh plates rhd car etc.. its a strange concept for them. DL is all I have ever needed and no questions were raised.

Only once was someone being generally difficult so showed him a swiss issued ID that states I'm allowed to enter at all times without restriction. . He didn't like that
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Re: Swiss Border Controls

Turns out border controls can happen deep in the other country's territory:
Swiss border control arrested a burglar on the train from Berlin to Basel.

The article doesn't mention where border control got on the train, could even have been Berlin. The station closest to Switzerland used by these trains and shown by a very quick check is Mannheim, 250km from the Swiss border.
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I often get stopped in the basel area borders, zh plates rhd car etc.. its a strange concept for them. DL is all I have ever needed and no questions were raised.
There is a list of accepted driving licences...
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