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Border control between Geneva and France!

Hello all

Just wondering if anyone can help us with any ideas!

I am in London and I've booked my flights for 1 week around Christmas in Geneva/ Switzerland for myself, my wife and my 1 year old daughter.
Hotels in Geneva seem costly, so we are thinking of getting one in French side, like Ferney-Voltaire.

How are the border controls between Geneva and Ferney-Voltaire?
Myself and my daughter have British passports, so we should be fine but my wife has Indian passport.

Since she has 'Permanent/ Indefinite UK Residency' stamp on her passport, she can travel to Switzerland but has to get EU/ Schengen visa for France for which the appointment at French embassy is out of time now.

Would it be OK if I book our hotel in Ferney-Voltaire but still commute to Geneva to visit and explore during the week? I am planning to rent a car in Geneva for a week as we don't know much French for public transport which could be more expensive as well.

If we should ONLY book our hotel in Switzerland, could you pass any ideas/ links for any economical 2-3 star hotel in Geneva or around Geneva as we can commute from there in our car.

Thanks for your help in advance.
Kunal.
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

Strikes me that if you dont have the correct papers to go to France, then you can't go to France.
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

I agree and I am not sure what the OP wants us to suggest with respect to "ideas".

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Strikes me that if you dont have the correct papers to go to France, then you can't go to France.
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

If Geneva is too expensive, maybe try hotels in other towns in the canton of Vaud (still Switzerland), such as Gland, Rolle or Nyon. The border checks in Geneva are frequent, so doa favor to your family and save you a potential situation that could spoil your holidays.
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border checks in Geneva are frequent, so doa favor to your family and save you a potential situation that could spoil your holidays.
Border checks are indeed frequent, so definitely don't chance it.

Not sure what you budget is, but check out http://www.manotel.com/

They have several different hotels in Geneva, though all are pretty pricey

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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

Try the youth hostel in Geneva, they have family rooms. http://www.yh-geneva.ch/en.htm
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

have you tried bnb.ch for bed and breakfast, should be cheaper not sure if any of them run at Christmas though.
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

The border controls on Geneva are not that regular.

In my 10 years in Geneva I have been controlled at the border maybe 2 times. I am a white latin man, people say I look Spanish or Italian even if I see a true Latin American Indian when I look at the mirror.

But a friend of mine is controlled every time he passes by. He is black and from Mali.

Another guy that I know is from Morocco and has a true typical arab face, he is controlled often. Once we were passing together and he was controlled and not me.

If your wife looks indian she will be controlled for sure.
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

Really - don't chance it

There are several relatively cheap options on the Swiss side of the border. Have you checked out the suitotel and / or etapotel options in Geneva?
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Would it be OK if I book our hotel in Ferney-Voltaire but still commute to Geneva to visit and explore during the week? I am planning to rent a car in Geneva for a week as we don't know much French for public transport which could be more expensive as well.
Cross the border in a rental car without visa and you will be living all of a sudden in a world of pain. Are you sure you want to get a car - how will you navigate around if you don't know French? Not only that - it will end up several times more expensive than public transport. Consider also the convenience aspect - not only you will end up losing time stuck in traffic jams, but you also be at a loss as to where to park depending on where you want to go.

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If we should ONLY book our hotel in Switzerland, could you pass any ideas/ links for any economical 2-3 star hotel in Geneva or around Geneva as we can commute from there in our car.

Thanks for your help in advance.
Kunal.
Etaphotel next to the airport and a mere 15 min bus ride into town.

Else indeed Manotel if business is good and you want to splurge...
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

Cheers guys for your helpful replies, I am not getting a rented car now, thanks to your suggestions..

Only looking for a hotel in/ around Geneva as I've booked my flights from 24th Dec to 31st Dec 07.

Would try the hotel booking suggestions mentioned above, if there are any more, please keep them coming.

Many thanks once again.
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

Don't chance it. I'm familiar with crossing in that area and doing so without the correct papers, and getting caught, will land you in a world of hurt. I didn't find that they checked often, however it's the like Sesame Street... "One of these things is not like the other one..." Unfortunately, It's those folks who get checked.
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

U know what you should do.. and Im not sure what you are asking the forum for? blessings to do something illegal?

Good luck !!
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

Thanks for your blessings Vishi...

The only reason I was asking was because hotels seems lot better value for money towards French side.

For many years of road travel in all EU countries including Scandinavia, we've never been stopped anywhere incl borders, so I was only double checking...

I have sat navs with all road maps, so I was going to rent a car but memebers seem to suggest public transport as better option, so I've dropped car rental..

Still looking for some accomodation in last week of Dec in Geneva...
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I have sat navs with all road maps, so I was going to rent a car but memebers seem to suggest public transport as better option, so I've dropped car rental...
Day pass, 7 CHF per person. Car rental, at least 100 CHF per day, excluding fuel and parking costs. You do the math
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

goto travelsupermarket.com

car rental from 35 CHF per day..
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

I got a good deal on http://booking.com one time

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Only looking for a hotel in/ around Geneva as I've booked my flights from 24th Dec to 31st Dec 07.

Would try the hotel booking suggestions mentioned above, if there are any more, please keep them coming
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car rental from 35 CHF per day..
I did and found nothing below 40 excluding fees for the period you mentioned. Still way more expensive than the bus when you factor in gas and parking.
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

You must be doing something wrong. Here is the link:
http://www.travelsupermarket.com/car...=0&BnBOption=1

Age of driver and type of car could skew results. I could get a bit more discount as I am a privelaged member (not a lot)...

Anyway 60 CHF is still less than 'atleast 100'.
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Re: Border control between Geneva and France!

Sorry I meant 40 CHF when I typed 60 CHF...

But I do agree that public transport would be cheaper and hassle free considering the parking and traffic issues.

Thanks for your help...
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