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Old 08.10.2010, 12:19
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Travelling from the USA

My mother-in-law flew in from the States on a US passport.
Border control in Switzerland, said she is only able to travel to Germany, if she wants to leave Switzerland, during her stay here. Does that make sense?
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Old 08.10.2010, 12:39
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Re: Travelling from the USA

Not at all !!

As a US citizen, you are allowed to stay up to 90 days
and can travel to all Schengen countries. This includes Italy, France,
Germany, Austria, Netherlands, etc.
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Old 08.10.2010, 12:47
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My mother-in-law flew in from the States on a US passport.
Border control in Switzerland, said she is only able to travel to Germany, if she wants to leave Switzerland, during her stay here. Does that make sense?

By no means do I wish to malign your mother or question her intelligence but... perhaps she misunderstood, or maybe they misunderstood her question.
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Re: Travelling from the USA

I agree. This might be a case of misunderstanding. In anyways, there is (almost) no border control between Schengen States.
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Old 08.10.2010, 22:57
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By no means do I wish to malign your mother or question her intelligence but... perhaps she misunderstood, or maybe they misunderstood her question.
No, there was no misunderstanding, the agent said she could only travel to Germany, and said she could not go to Paris, but of course he gave no explanation why. I know he was totally wrong, but they would never admit it.
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Arbitrary rules for foreigners entering the country?

Par for the course, I thought.

Oh... she was coming into Switzerland...? Sorry... I just presumed, from the attitude of the immigration control chap, that she must have been going to America.

Sorry... my mistake.
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Old 08.10.2010, 23:10
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Border control in Switzerland, said she is only able to travel to Germany, if she wants to leave Switzerland, during her stay here. Does that make sense?
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I know he was totally wrong, but they would never admit it.
You know its wrong. We all know its wrong. What's your question?
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Old 08.10.2010, 23:11
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Par for the course, I thought.

Oh... she was coming into Switzerland...? Sorry... I just presumed, from the attitude of the immigration control chap, that she must have been going to America.

Sorry... my mistake.
No, just a incompetent agent.
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Old 08.10.2010, 23:26
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You know its wrong. We all know its wrong. What's your question?
Why would they say something like that? I think it was veiled racism , as they gave Spanish speaking people ahead of her a hard time also.

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Why would they say something like that?
For the LULZ.

I'd have a whale of a time if I was a border guard.
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Why would they say something like that? I think it was veiled racism , as they gave Spanish speaking people ahead of her a hard time also.

FHTH
ignorance, made up on the spot rules, cocky attitude. It's anyones guess.

I was given a hard time crossing back into the United States from Canada. The custom officer gave me a hard time as to how I could possibly be an American because I wasn't born there


Border patrol officers:
a dash of look out for the bad guy capacity
a bit of retarded-ness
and a tip of smiles
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Old 08.10.2010, 23:48
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Re: Travelling from the USA

Is she an American citizen and if so was she ever convicted of a crime in the states? if the answer is yes to the first and no to the second there is no reason that I can think of that they not let her enter unless shes been in Switzerland for more than 90 days this year. If this is the case she would have no other option than to go to Germany and then try to enter Switzerland by car but shes still not allowed to stay here & I would not recommend it.
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Is she an American citizen and if so was she ever convicted of a crime in the states? if the answer is yes to the first and no to the second there is no reason that I can think of that they not let her enter unless shes been in Switzerland for more than 90 days this year. If this is the case she would have no other option than to go to Germany and then try to enter Switzerland by car but shes still not allowed to stay here & I would not recommend it.
No, no... she's in Switzerland now: they let her in, but they told her that the only place she can visit during her stay is Germany, thus buggering up her plans on visiting Paris. Which is nonsense, of course, as the OP, and everyone else, knows.

What the OP wants to know is why the border guard is such a jerk.

I'd say that the answer is somewhere in the question...
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Re: Travelling from the USA

Perhaps the traveller in question looks a bit like Winona Ryder...

I understand the French authorities are a bit jumpy at the moment.
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Why would they say something like that? I think it was veiled racism , as they gave Spanish speaking people ahead of her a hard time also.

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Eh, racism? Since when is American a different race?
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Eh, racism? Since when is American a different race?
I suspect RRS might be a hyphenated American.
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Eh, racism? Since when is American a different race?
semantics

ever heard of yanks travelling the globe putting canadian flag patchs on their backpacks instead of 13 stripes and a bunch of stars flag doing that to avoid the wrath of anti-american sentiment?
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semantics

ever heard of yanks travelling the globe putting canadian flag patchs on their backpacks instead of 13 stripes and a bunch of stars flag doing that to avoid the wrath of anti-american sentiment?
Not semantics. Racism is a horrible thing - prejudging someone on the color of their skin...misuse of the term is equally bad as it dilutes the meaning of racism.
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No, there was no misunderstanding, the agent said she could only travel to Germany, and said she could not go to Paris, but of course he gave no explanation why. I know he was totally wrong, but they would never admit it.
the "agent" gave her the example where he knew to be right. In reality, France already accepted CH as "intra-Schengen" years before this even became reality. At the other hand, Germany started a similar attitude also many years before CH really joined Schengen/Dublin
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semantics

ever heard of yanks travelling the globe putting canadian flag patchs on their backpacks instead of 13 stripes and a bunch of stars flag doing that to avoid the wrath of anti-american sentiment?
amazing is that uncountable "Canadians" became US-Americans as soon as President Obama took over from Double-U ! In case the USsers elect, out of their preference for dummies, Mrs Palin, I think it will be the reverse-thing
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