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Old 21.11.2015, 10:43
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No that's not true. I was told the opposite by German border guards, on more than one occasion, that I did not have to have my passport (or identity card) with me when entering Germany from Switzerland. You don't need a valid travel document within Schengen, that's the whole point of it. I take my C-permit as it identifies who I am and is often necessary to get a stamp on the Ausfuhrschein from claiming back VAT. I would never take my passport, unless I am there for legal business which requires it.What nonsense!Not quite. You don't need a valid travel document. You might need proof of identity within Germany for example. The C-permit is proof of identity in some circumstances.
You need valid ID when travelling anywhere in Schengen and a Swiss permit is not valid ID OUTSIDE Switzerland.

You go ahead and carry on as you are if you wish but please don't encourage others to do the same. The Swiss permit is NOT sufficient as proof of ID and people who cross the border should always carry ID which is valid for the country they're in.
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Old 21.11.2015, 11:24
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Re: Swiss Border Controls

I'm surprised permits are accepted as proof of anything. Mine looks as though it was assembled in a kindergarten art class.
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Old 21.11.2015, 11:25
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I'm surprised permits are accepted as proof of anything. Mine looks as though it was assembled in a kindergarten art class.
Don't non-EU folks get a different one in a plastic card form, rather than the flimsy paper ones we have?
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Old 21.11.2015, 12:26
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Don't non-EU folks get a different one in a plastic card form, rather than the flimsy paper ones we have?
Yes. It's all official looking and everything. Just like my library card. Good for scraping frost off the car window, though.
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Old 22.11.2015, 07:39
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Re: Swiss Border Controls

I often get stopped in the basel area borders, zh plates rhd car etc.. its a strange concept for them. DL is all I have ever needed and no questions were raised.

Only once was someone being generally difficult so showed him a swiss issued ID that states I'm allowed to enter at all times without restriction. . He didn't like that
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Re: Swiss Border Controls

Turns out border controls can happen deep in the other country's territory:
Swiss border control arrested a burglar on the train from Berlin to Basel.

The article doesn't mention where border control got on the train, could even have been Berlin. The station closest to Switzerland used by these trains and shown by a very quick check is Mannheim, 250km from the Swiss border.
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Old 28.11.2016, 21:21
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I often get stopped in the basel area borders, zh plates rhd car etc.. its a strange concept for them. DL is all I have ever needed and no questions were raised.
There is a list of accepted driving licences...
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Old 15.03.2017, 01:03
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Re: Swiss Border Controls

Crossed italian - swiss border the other day, through Lugano, got quite a comprehensive check. The guy even ruffled through my wallets. Didn't even ask permission, just went for the bag and started ruffling. To restore the balance of power, i took it away from him, said, i would open it and let him do the search... Checked passports, permits, the whole thing, even wanted to unpack a souvenir marionette (yeah, i know... ) but retreated after i gave them a hard stare. Obviously the carriage of bored swiss took an interest and watched the whole thing (cause there's nothing as entertaining on swiss tellie as gawping at this on a train).
Not complaining, but feeling a bit like someone 'took my flower'...
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Old 15.03.2017, 08:55
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...Didn't even ask permission...
You realise they don't need to? They can search anything they want.

Including using the rubber gloves if they deem it necessary.....
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Including using the rubber gloves if they deem it necessary.....
............and yet in some places you pay extra for such a service
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Old 15.03.2017, 09:26
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Crossed italian - swiss border the other day, through Lugano, got quite a comprehensive check. The guy even ruffled through my wallets. Didn't even ask permission, just went for the bag and started ruffling. To restore the balance of power, i took it away from him, said, i would open it and let him do the search... Checked passports, permits, the whole thing, even wanted to unpack a souvenir marionette (yeah, i know... ) but retreated after i gave them a hard stare. Obviously the carriage of bored swiss took an interest and watched the whole thing (cause there's nothing as entertaining on swiss tellie as gawping at this on a train).
Not complaining, but feeling a bit like someone 'took my flower'...

This is rubbish, if you had done even 10% of what you claim, you would have been hauled off for further processing...

"To restore the balance of power, i took it from him".......sure Rambo They ALL have more power in their little fingers than you have all together.
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Old 15.03.2017, 09:27
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............and yet in some places you pay extra for such a service

.......you seem well informed
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.......you seem well informed
I made the mistake of asking for the "Today only"-special - I couldn't sit down for a week!
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You realise they don't need to? They can search anything they want.

Including using the rubber gloves if they deem it necessary.....
As I said, i am not complaining, just added my 5 rappens into the thread. You seem to like when people are a bit rough with you..?
But I would rather people were a ted more polite.
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Old 15.03.2017, 10:28
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As I said, i am not complaining, just added my 5 rappens into the thread. You seem to like when people are a bit rough with you..?
But I would rather people were a ted more polite.
They probably would be if you exagerated a "ted" less
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Old 15.03.2017, 10:41
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Turns out border controls can happen deep in the other country's territory:
Swiss border control arrested a burglar on the train from Berlin to Basel.

The article doesn't mention where border control got on the train, could even have been Berlin. The station closest to Switzerland used by these trains and shown by a very quick check is Mannheim, 250km from the Swiss border.
Why on earth the groan errepierre. Border guards board trains sometimes at the point of departure for inter-country trains, or at the nearest stop- which on TGVs can be a very long distance away- and they will check the train right from the start, not just near border. As for the Italian-Swiss border, trains on that route have been subject to a massive increase in checks recently- with border guards drafted in from all over Switzerland to help out.

Same on roads where official policy has changed since last year- with 24/7 patrols away from official border posts- often a long way inland and on all minor roads previously considered 'unchecked'. Near where I live- they put up temporary checks in lay-bys, several kms from the border post - it has proven to be much more effective- same for patrolling minor country roads over the mountain during the night.
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