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Old 25.01.2012, 17:32
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Re: Being asked where you live at passport control

The purpose of issuing Passports and Identity cards is for a purpose and
why must anyone who holds them object to being questioned - especially
considering the security situations that cannot be predicted these days.
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Re: Being asked where you live at passport control

My son is a student with big hair, a straggly beard; dresses entirely in black with a bowler hat. Also possesses both UK and Swiss passports. Anyway, flew back from the UK for Christmas here and showed his UK passport at Geneva airport. Frontier policeman enters his name into the computer, stares at the screen and remarks that he sees my son took 2x attempts to pass his (CH) driving licence!

They both had an amiable chat about driving tests, and parted agreeing one should avoid giving too much money to psychologists (if you fail the 3rd. time they send you see one).

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Old 25.01.2012, 18:09
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I was flying to London last week from ZRH and was asked at passport control in Switzerland (departures not arrivals) where I live in Switzerland.

I must have flown in and out of ZRH airport a hundred times and have never been asked this, or actually anything at all passport control. Is it normal? Why would they want to ask?

I could understand on entering the country they would take an interest in you, but leaving?
In answer to your Question why on Leaving?

If you arrived UK and were an illegal, then the airline would be fined, no idea of the fine charge now, but 10 years ago it was £2,000.00 plus other side costs. You might have been using a stolen passport and then flushed it down on the toilet on the airline on route
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Old 25.01.2012, 18:23
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In answer to your Question why on Leaving?

If you arrived UK and were an illegal, then the airline would be fined, no idea of the fine charge now, but 10 years ago it was £2,000.00 plus other side costs. You might have been using a stolen passport and then flushed it down on the toilet on the airline on route
But the Swiss Grenzwache (border police) couldn't care less about that. Which is why airlines conduct their own passport checks, at the gate, for some destinations.
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I was flying to London last week from ZRH and was asked at passport control in Switzerland (departures not arrivals) where I live in Switzerland.

I must have flown in and out of ZRH airport a hundred times and have never been asked this, or actually anything at all passport control. Is it normal? Why would they want to ask?

I could understand on entering the country they would take an interest in you, but leaving?
Can they not see your address anyway from scanning your passport?

When arriving back in CH you have 2 rows to choose from: The 'EU passports' row or the 'all passports' row. I decided that the 'EU passports' row would be quicker than the 'all passports' row what with all the colourful offerings they deal with... I was wrong, very wrong it was much slower! :-(

That was coming in from Doha.

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Old 25.01.2012, 18:50
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Back when I wasn't Swiss, I NEVER carried my permit with me!

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I never do, the only time I have had any hassle is going to Austria by car, they would not let me through, so I went back 10 minutes later as I could not find another crossing. I was driving to Munich at the time.
The Swiss can always look me up on their system, once they could not find me as they used my 3rd name as a family name! They always ask why I cant speak any German after 17 years!
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Re: Being asked where you live at passport control

The first time I flew back to the us after moving here, i got the mean border patrol officer who said, "MS ANOWHEELS, YOU MUST ALWAYS SHOW YOUR PERMIT AND PASSPORT. ALWAYS." So I do that.

And last time, the border officer asked "Wo wohnen Sie?" I think mostly to see how bad my German was
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Old 25.01.2012, 20:04
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Re: Being asked where you live at passport control

Must be one of the world's most boring jobs....

After some months of looking at people's passports I would be breaking the monotony by asking ladies what colour knickers they are wearing, never mind where they live.
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Re: Being asked where you live at passport control

This is all new and because of SHENGEN.

If you fly to Greece for example you wan't even need to take a passport (though frankly you'd be daft not to carry one or an ID) and you won't be asked for one at either end. Now, you might suspect that this means less work and fewer jobs for the Zurich airport passport checkers.

But NO. The destinations outside Shengen, like the UK, now get the full monty. Where once they didn't care who was leaving, suddenly when jobs and pensions are on the line, checking the minutia has become top priority...

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Re: Being asked where you live at passport control

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If you fly to Greece for example you wan't even need to take a passport (though frankly you'd be daft not to carry one or an ID) and you won't be asked for one at either end.
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I have never travelled from Switzerland to Greece or the other way around. I have travelled many times back and forth to Greece from other destinations & always have had to show my passport as well as any other people I saw doing the route.
Are you talking about fellow Shengens where ID is acceptable as opposed to passports?
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This is all new and because of SHENGEN.

If you fly to Greece for example you wan't even need to take a passport (though frankly you'd be daft not to carry one or an ID) and you won't be asked for one at either end. Now, you might suspect that this means less work and fewer jobs for the Zurich airport passport checkers.

But NO. The destinations outside Shengen, like the UK, now get the full monty. Where once they didn't care who was leaving, suddenly when jobs and pensions are on the line, checking the minutia has become top priority...

Wolli - another one for you to sort...
It's not as simple. very often, a passport is the only way you can prove that you don't need one (if I remember there is no such thing as national ID in e.g. Denmark). Also, when applicable, you may need a passport to prove you are legally in Schengen area, be it on most convenient spots (intra-Schengen borders) or pretty much everywhere. And returning to Denmark, I am not sure if it's still true but they definitely were passport checks reestablished in the German border.
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I have never travelled from Switzerland to Greece or the other way around. I have travelled many times back and forth to Greece from other destinations & always have had to show my passport as well as any other people I saw doing the route.
Are you talking about fellow Shengens where ID is acceptable as opposed to passports?
Last time I went to Greece (in 2010) it was after both countries were in Shengen, I was not required to show any identification at either Heraklion or Kloten. But was asked for ID when checking in - which rather defeats the whole thing...
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Re: Being asked where you live at passport control

I was once asked where I live by the folks at passport control. Told the officer the name of my little two-cow town, to which he said:

Officer: OH, Zweikuhdorf, yes I know it - have you ever been to the XYZ Gasthaus?

Me: Gosh, no. That's odd - I hike all around that area and I don't think I've ever seen that Gasthaus.

Officer: Good answer. There is no XYZ Gasthaus. Just checking to see if you really live in Zweikuhdorf.

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Odd exchange, but hey - once in 14 years ain't bad. Usually it's just "Mumble mumble... Next!"
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I was once asked where I live by the folks at passport control. Told the officer the name of my little two-cow town, to which he said:

Officer: OH, Zweikuhdorf, yes I know it - have you ever been to the XYZ Gasthaus?

Me: Gosh, no. That's odd - I hike all around that area and I don't think I've ever seen that Gasthaus.

Officer: Good answer. There is no XYZ Gasthaus. Just checking to see if you really live in Zweikuhdorf.

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Odd exchange, but hey - once in 14 years ain't bad. Usually it's just "Mumble mumble... Next!"
typical of the type of questions both I & OH have been asked at varying borders. Oh nice surprise once to be wished happy birthday.

Big laugh & smile for me as passport valid 10 years, when I have had major hair change to the previous photo
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Can they not see your address anyway from scanning your passport?

When arriving back in CH you have 2 rows to choose from: The 'EU passports' row or the 'all passports' row. I decided that the 'EU passports' row would be quicker than the 'all passports' row what with all the colourful offerings they deal with... I was wrong, very wrong it was much slower! :-(

That was coming in from Doha.
No.

A UK passport would not show the address one was living in Switzerland, well unless one was living in Switzerland when one applied then possibly.
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Last time I went to Greece (in 2010) it was after both countries were in Shengen, I was not required to show any identification at either Heraklion or Kloten. But was asked for ID when checking in - which rather defeats the whole thing...
Thanks for that, as had found I was out of date, but am now up to speed.

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Re: Being asked where you live at passport control

I have never used a passport for traveling within Europe, to both Schengen and non-Schengen countries, since becoming Swiss 15 years ago.

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Must be one of the world's most boring jobs....

After some months of looking at people's passports I would be breaking the monotony by asking ladies what colour knickers they are wearing, never mind where they live.
With the TSA approved panty scanners they don´t even need to ask now a days.
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.....there was an Interpol call out for a man with the same name, from the same country (France) with the same date of birth .. .....
The chances of that must be in the billions
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The chances of that must be in the billions
Not really. Depends on the name.

John Smiths in England - I'd guess that there'll be at least two every day.

Zaphod Beeblebrox, not so many.
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