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Old 02.06.2006, 10:05
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Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

Here's a bit of news that may affect some of you who might require a visa when travelling into neighbouring countries.

http://www.swissinfo.org/eng/front/d...05&sid=6770561

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Foreign residents in Switzerland with long-term Swiss residence permits will shortly be exempt from needing a visa to travel through Schengen states. The ruling by European Union justice ministers on Thursday to end transit visas will benefit more than half a million foreigners living in Switzerland, which is not an EU member.
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Old 02.06.2006, 10:27
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

we have a B permit valid until end of next year. so does this mean we too would be exempt from the visa for travel across the schnegen states?.
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Old 02.06.2006, 10:54
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

I'm not sure. The article only spoke about "long term permits" which I am guessing means C permits?

It also said that people would have a right to spend five days in a schengen country without a visa.
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

Thanks for the info Mark - it's a sign of how bad my week has been, that that's the best news I've had.

My wife is non-EU national and needs a Visa for most countries, so she'll be very happy.
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

i came across this article, which says that:

"Under the new rules, those with a B or C Swiss resident permit will be exempt from needing a visa. Permission to cross Schengen countries will be granted for five days."


http://www.swissinfo.org/eng/front/d...=1144391345000

i hope this helps...
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

Nice one Debbie thanks very much!
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

Any updates if this got ratified yesterday? I remember some article in German this morning..had the word 'ausatmen' in the title which literally means 'heaving a sigh of relief'. So everything apprently seems on track for lifting the border restrictions with Schengan countries from 6th July. It is the bes new I ave had in my last 6 years in CH!
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

On Tues, I heard the new law comes into effect on 10th July.
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

hi sunshine,

thanks a lot. i called up the einwohnerdienste in basel and the lady there also told me it comes into effect 10th july. makes life so much easier for us.

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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

Well it's now the 10th of July so it has happened!

http://www.swissinfo.org/eng/front/d...=1152543716000
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

What about B/C residence permit holders of the 'other' category who need a toursit visa to visit a Schengen country for short visits(<5 days)?
I do not wish to technically transit but definitely look forward to going for a meal/shopping across the border or making single or a couple of days visit to some nearby accessible places? Such valid reasons never held any water with the issuing authorities in the past and one had to always lie that one wanted to visit some place of real touristic interest and back it up with some false documentation like travel and hotel bookings..
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

Hi, I think the provision is only for transit and not for tourism, shopping, visiting etc. For everything other than transit you have to get a schengen visa until 2008 when the borders are opened fully.

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Hi, I think the provision is only for transit and not for tourism, shopping, visiting etc. For everything other than transit you have to get a schengen visa until 2008 when the borders are opened fully.
Ok, but how would they tell the difference? You just tell them it is transit, then go and do some shopping.
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

Well i guess you could do that........
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

Will do a hands-on try over the weekend and post an update. Guess keeping a poker-face and walking across the border and telling that I am in transit will not hold water. At the same time, I am not planning to load the car with clothes and bedding to prove that I am actually in transit but would just try to drive across and see what reaction it elicits if I am stopped. It should be pretty harmless even if such casual crossing is not legal as one can more genuinely feign ignorance about transit v/s tourist with conviction than before..
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

Hello, thanks for all the useful input. Yes I'm also in the same predicament regarding these transit visas. I'm currently applying for a schengen for a workshop in Portugal, but apparently I've heard that if one has a B-permit and live in Switzerland, you can try to apply for a schengen visa for an extended validity period (i.e. 2 years max). I will try to apply for this and will let you know if I'm successful.
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

We've just returned from a holiday in Italy. I need a Schengen visa to enter, but that takes months. We decided to cross the border at the same time that Italy was playing in the semi-final, July 4th. It worked, we were simply waved through...and I just made sure that I behaved myself until July 10th so that the police had no reason to stop us. Thank God for the World Cup.
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

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Hello, thanks for all the useful input. Yes I'm also in the same predicament regarding these transit visas. I'm currently applying for a schengen for a workshop in Portugal, but apparently I've heard that if one has a B-permit and live in Switzerland, you can try to apply for a schengen visa for an extended validity period (i.e. 2 years max). I will try to apply for this and will let you know if I'm successful.
Hi Sue, Were you successfull in getting a schengen visa for 2 years ? All Geneva residents get a schengen visa for 6 months by default.
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

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Will do a hands-on try over the weekend and post an update. Guess keeping a poker-face and walking across the border and telling that I am in transit will not hold water. At the same time, I am not planning to load the car with clothes and bedding to prove that I am actually in transit but would just try to drive across and see what reaction it elicits if I am stopped. It should be pretty harmless even if such casual crossing is not legal as one can more genuinely feign ignorance about transit v/s tourist with conviction than before..
Hello Meenakshi,
I am keen to find out about this new schengen regulation too. I also need a schengen to visit EU; normally in Geneva all non-EU nationals get a schengen for 6 months by default. Do we still need a schengen if visiting for less than 5 days ?
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Re: Transit visas for non-EU citizens through EU

hi there

yes i am afraid yo do, unless u can prove you are only "transitting"... some countries, like Italy are generally more relaxed, and they see 1-2 day visits as transit as well, but u wouldnt want to take the risk unless you are willing to flirt with the Italian pasport officer ;-) ...and gemany requires even more "convincing power" .. being a size 34 blonde, i had to spend 20 minutres to talk to a border guard once...so till 2008, i am afraid the new regulation is only valid for the transit passes...
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