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Old 24.08.2011, 13:02
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Intra-Schengen Easyjet flight TODAY!

As a non-EU citizen, will I be encountering any type of border control on this round trip flight? As I understand it, the only people who will be checking my passport is Easyjet staff who only use it to verify your identity.

Before anyone jumps to conclusions, I am not trying to evade the Schengen 90-day limit. Instead, I have a work permit being processed and simply cannot remember whether I was told that I was not allowed to leave the country or the Schengen area until a decision has been made. Basically, I just don't want to jeopardize my work permit since I've already been waiting for almost 3 months...

So I suppose an answer to either question would be helpful, thanks!
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Old 24.08.2011, 13:05
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Out of 10 times I traveled with EZ between FR and CH from GVA I was asked 1 time to show my permit by EZ check in agent.
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Old 24.08.2011, 13:13
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Out of 10 times I traveled with EZ between FR and CH from GVA I was asked 1 time to show my permit by EZ check in agent.
Thanks for getting back to me.

Are you non-EU? And did anyone stamp your passport ever?
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Old 24.08.2011, 13:27
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Re: Intra-Schengen Easyjet flight TODAY!

My wife (non-EU) has been stopped on Schengen transfers and had documents and passport checked.

It depends (unfortunately) whether you look non-EU or not
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Re: Intra-Schengen Easyjet flight TODAY!

I am non-EU but I don't need visa to travel in the EU Schengen countries so I it depends from the border control, somewhere they stamp my passport somewhere no. If I arrive from non EU country into EU border they will stamp my passport, but if I show my B permit instead they don't bother. If I come from an EU country going into another EU country they never stamp my passport even at places where sometimes there is border control.
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I am non EU and I have been checked EVERY SINGLE TIME, asked for my residence permit when just giving my passport...
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Re: Intra-Schengen Easyjet flight TODAY!

You don't really give enough information, but on what you did provide, I'll venture an opinion:
  • Since you're waiting for a Swiss document that will establish your residency in Switzerland, it's much more likely that you shouldn't leave Switzerland.
  • Whether intentional or not, with papers checked or not, the Schengen Information System will spot "over-stay" or other abuse of access, and this will be flagged up when you do eventually pass a Schengen border control.
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Re: Intra-Schengen Easyjet flight TODAY!

non EU
yes, EJ always wanted to see Swiss permit after not finding Schengen visa in the passport and then were examining it thoroughly. Experienced in Rome, Madrid, and Paris.
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Re: Intra-Schengen Easyjet flight TODAY!

Thanks for everyone's two cents - very helpful so far.

Overstaying the 90 days isn't a concern as this flight will fall within that period. Also, I am allowed to stay in Switzerland until a decision has been made on my work permit, even if it means overstaying those 90 days.

And, for what it matters, I am Canadian.

It's all quite simple, really. I have no problem showing the border authorities (or anyone else, for that matter) my passport and Swiss entry stamp. I am just hoping to avoid any trail (whether stamp/scan) showing that I've left Switzerland during the permit process, even if just for 5 days. I suppose I should have booked a train to make things less worrisome, but what's done is done.

If there's a possibility that boarding this flight will jeopardize my work permit, I would rather not go ahead with the flight which is why I'm trying to gather some rational opinions from people.

weejeem, what other information would you like to know?
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Re: Intra-Schengen Easyjet flight TODAY!

I do not have a Schengen visa because Canadians do not need one to travel within the Schengen area up to a max. of 90 days. Instead, I have an entry stamp and would like to avoid getting any other stamps that might confuse things.
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weejeem, what other information would you like to know?
OK, nothing more than what you just said.


As long as you are legitimate within and remain within Schengen, you should have no problems - no stamping of passports etc.

Your passport et al may be checked, but as long as everything is in order, you'll be fine, I would say.
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Re: Intra-Schengen Easyjet flight TODAY!

My husband was in your exact same situation this week and it was completely fine. He had a US passport (and is blond haired), and had no checks anywhere, no stamps, etc.
That said, I called the Migrationsamt beforehand and they said he shouldn't leave. We risked it anyway. Caviarchips is right, it unfortunately probably depends on what they think you "look" like.
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Old 24.08.2011, 14:23
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Can someone explain how looks come into play?

I'm a redhead with a trimmed beard.
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Can someone explain how looks come into play?

I'm a redhead with a trimmed beard.
Because if you don't look like an EU citizen, you might need a visa, so you are more likely to get stopped.

But you sound half Scottish / half German so you'll be fine
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Re: Intra-Schengen Easyjet flight TODAY!

Okay, well crossing my fingers for no passport stamps/scans then.

I'd still be very grateful if anyone else wanted to share their experiences, both positive and negative.
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Okay, well crossing my fingers for no passport stamps/scans then.

I'd still be very grateful if anyone else wanted to share their experiences, both positive and negative.
Seriously, I wouldn't just cross your fingers. In terms of racial profiling, there has been quite a lot data showing that people from the Arabian states sub-saharan Africa, and redheads are stopped more often that other groups. I'd be careful as your future employment depends on it.

Depending on what time your flight is, maybe a trip to the hairdressers is a reasonable precaution?
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Seriously, I wouldn't just cross your fingers. In terms of racial profiling, there has been quite a lot data showing that people from the Arabian states sub-saharan Africa, and redheads are stopped more often that other groups. I'd be careful as your future employment depends on it.

Depending on what time your flight is, maybe a trip to the hairdressers is a reasonable precaution?
In all seriousness CC, would you risk it if you were me?
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Independent of the permit question, the airline can ask you to show proof of residency in the country you are flying to. They say they need this as they will be responsible to fly you back if you aren't allowed in. I'm non-EU and was asked to show proof of residency when flying back from Ireland to Switzerland. I would check with the airline before you leave.

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In all seriousness CC, would you risk it if you were me?
I wouldn't risk the airport route without understanding the limitation on your application. Call the office, ask them.....and then you'll know for sure, rather than walking through a border control looking like you have something to hide
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Independent of the permit question, the airline can ask you to show proof of residency in the country you are flying to. They say they need this as they will be responsible to fly you back if you aren't allowed in. I'm non-EU and was asked to show proof of residency when flying back from Ireland to Switzerland. I would check with the airline before you leave.

Good luck,
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Sure, but that was coming from outside the Schengen area. Not sure that residency will be relevant in this situation, and in any case there is no reason why I won't be allowed into Germany, but thanks for the input (and please correct me if I've misunderstood something).
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