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Enter Switzerland from France for tourism - Need to stop at the border?

Hi,

I have a relative coming over. He doesn't need a Visa to enter in EU (Passport is OK). He will arrive in France by plane (then have passport stamped) and then we'll go to Switzerland by car. Do we need to stop at the border or the stamp in passport when arrived in France is enough ? This is for a short stay (around 1 week) and for tourism purpose.
Just wanna make sure as he will fly back from a Switzerland airport (and then have passport checked)!

Thks,
R

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Re: Enter Switzerland from France for tourism - Need to stop at the border?

Since France and Switzerland are both Schengen it is no problem. They don't stamp passports or have to check them between the borders.
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Hi,

I have a relative coming over. He doesn't need a Visa to enter in EU (Passport is OK). He will arrive in France by plane (then have passport stamped) and then we'll go to Switzerland by car. Do we need to stop at the border or the stamp in passport when arrived in France is enough ? This is for a short stay (around 1 week) and for tourism purpose.
Just wanna make sure as he will fly back from a Switzerland airport (and then have passport checked)!

Thks,
R
Why does your relative need his passport stamped?
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Old 06.12.2009, 19:23
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Re: Enter Switzerland from France for tourism - Need to stop at the border?

Hi Telandy,

She needs it stamped to enter France as she is coming from Canada for vacations with passport (no visa needed). I think I wasn't clear in my first message!

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R
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Old 06.12.2009, 19:24
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Re: Enter Switzerland from France for tourism - Need to stop at the border?

OK this might be missing the point slightly but:
Do not just drive through any manned border in spite of what you see. Always pause and lock eyes with the border guard to get waved through. Do not assume. I assumed and trust me, it wasn't pleasant.
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Re: Enter Switzerland from France for tourism - Need to stop at the border?

Hi Economisto.

Thks for the advise! That's what I'm doing everyday when driving here - between Switzerland and France - living close to the border.

My question was about my friend coming from Canada - arriving in France and flying back from Switzerland - wanted to know wether we have to show her passport when driving from France to Switzerland.

Thks,
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Old 06.12.2009, 19:49
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Hi Economisto.

Thks for the advise! That's what I'm doing everyday when driving here - between Switzerland and France - living close to the border.

My question was about my friend coming from Canada - arriving in France and flying back from Switzerland - wanted to know wether we have to show her passport when driving from France to Switzerland.

Thks,
R
You should assume yes and if you get lucky you get lucky. Because of Schengen it won't need to get stamped in any case, but if you show the passport through the window and it's Canadian you'll almost certainly get pulled over to show the French visa (probably 2 minutes at the side of the road, nothing more).
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Re: Enter Switzerland from France for tourism - Need to stop at the border?

Hi,

So if I understood correctly, the stamp she will get in France is enough to travel to Switzerland (and all over Schengen space actually) - no need to stop in purpose of getting it stamped at the Swiss border in addition.

Thks all.
R
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