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Travelling out of Switzerland with B permit expiring in a Month

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I am travelling to Namibia today in the afternoon and coming back in two weeks. My B permit is expiring end July, I have applied for a new one. I still have my old one because is not yet expired.

My question is, is it a problem to travel out? will I be refused re-entry?
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Re: Travelling out of Switzerland with B permit expiring in a Month

If your permit is still valid when you return, why would you have any issues?
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Dear all

I am travelling to Namibia today in the afternoon and coming back in two weeks. My B permit is expiring end July, I have applied for a new one. I still have my old one because is not yet expired.

My question is, is it a problem to travel out? will I be refused re-entry?
If your current B permit is not expired on the day you re-enter, then it is ok
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Re: Travelling out of Switzerland with B permit expiring in a Month

Make sure you DO NOT try to re-enter without the valid B Permit. A tourist visa situation that kicks in for most when they enter without a residence permit does not apply if you have a permanent residence here.

If it expires while you are away then you will need to apply for temporary entry visa while in Namibia and this is not a 2 day affair. It could take weeks to get a hold of this.
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Dear all

I am travelling to Namibia today in the afternoon and coming back in two weeks. My B permit is expiring end July, I have applied for a new one. I still have my old one because is not yet expired.

My question is, is it a problem to travel out? will I be refused re-entry?
You should have (at the very least) an acknowledging email/letter from when you submitted the application for your permit renewal. If not, ask for one.
Take a copy with you; the application being processed should show up on the computer at swiss passport control but having proof that the renewal's in the system wouldn't hurt if you're questioned.
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Re: Travelling out of Switzerland with B permit expiring in a Month

Bit late now, the OP was flying this afternoon. But their permit doesn’t expire for 6 or 7 weeks so it’s a non issue!
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Bit late now, the OP was flying this afternoon. But their permit doesn’t expire for 6 or 7 weeks so it’s a non issue!
Unless they get caught in another lockdown.... hopefully not but who knows? They did leave it a little late to ask for advice!
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Re: Travelling out of Switzerland with B permit expiring in a Month

I understand it's too late for the OP, but in general:
If your permit is about to expire and you might be abroad when the new one is due to arrive- then you can apply for a short-term visa (the type they stick in your passport).

When I had a B permit, there was a similar issue and I got exactly that- I think it was for three months.
The only downside was the price (Many years ago it was something like 120 CHF).
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