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travelling on a Swiss C-Permit

Hi,
Me -

* a Brit (unfortunately, won't have a Swiss or EU passport by the time madness takes over)
* living in CH
* holder of a C-Permit


Post Brexit (2021), what are the travel aspects to consider?
Travelling between Schengen countries will still be seamless (hope I'm right on that point?) but, entry to/from the UK?

For example, flying from the UK to Germany, can I still cut in to the EU passport queue?


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Re: travelling on a Swiss C-Permit

Nothing changes for the moment. I landed at Heathrow yesterday from non-EU and went through the UK/EU/CA/US/CH/etc. queue.

For this purpose your nationality is important, not your residence.

But this could very well change. Pay attention to the signs at airports.
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Re: travelling on a Swiss C-Permit

You'll just have to wait what all happens during this year and what agreements are reached.
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Re: travelling on a Swiss C-Permit

C permit obviates the need for a Schengen visa, but that is all.

An American with a C permit needs to use the non-EU passport line, so it may become the same for the UK.

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C permit obviates the need for a Schengen visa, but that is all.

An American with a C permit needs to use the non-EU passport line, so it may become the same for the UK.

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When I, American with a C permit, came through the Zurich airport a couple of weeks ago, they also listed "CH Ausweis" under the normal sign for Swiss/EU citizen lane. I didn't remember seeing that in the past so I skipped the non-EU lane and went right to the counter. It worked for me.
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When I, American with a C permit, came through the Zurich airport a couple of weeks ago, they also listed "CH Ausweis" under the normal sign for Swiss/EU citizen lane. I didn't remember seeing that in the past so I skipped the non-EU lane and went right to the counter. It worked for me.
While it works in CH, I wouldn't expect it to work in the EU.

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Re: travelling on a Swiss C-Permit

But make sure you have at least 6 months validity on your passport. This applies to all non-EU/EEA passports, of course, but will be a change for UK passport holders in 2021.

Holding a C permit you probably can get away with entering CH directly with one with less, but no guarantees.
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Re: travelling on a Swiss C-Permit

Appreciate all the replies... difficult to find a definitive / 'official' position isn't it? Trying not to overthink this, will just have to try it - next year ;-)
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But make sure you have at least 6 months validity on your passport. This applies to all non-EU/EEA passports, of course, but will be a change for UK passport holders in 2021.

Holding a C permit you probably can get away with entering CH directly with one with less, but no guarantees.
Does this 6 months passport validity rule also applies to permit holders ?
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Does this 6 months passport validity rule also applies to permit holders ?
In principle yes, but they might be flexible.

But you are more likely having difficulties with the airline accepting you at the boarding point. The rule says 6 months, that’s what they will apply. They don’t want the fine.
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Re: travelling on a Swiss C-Permit

The "EU" line will likely go unless there are reciprocal agreements in place.
If so, the new line will be UK and CH passports, and likely Norway and Iceland. Not sure about "EEA" though that currently includes Norway and Iceland. We will see.
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