Leaving Schengen through Romania. Passport exit stamp?
Replies: 16 - Last Post: May 25, 2012 7:15 AM Last Post By: battybilly
May 24, 2012 4:46 AM
Leaving Schengen through Romania. Passport exit stamp?Hello! I'm planning to leave Schengen through Romania (or possibly Serbia) by train or bus to avoid having an exit stamp on my Canadian passport.
You might have guessed that the reason I am planning to do this is because I will have overstayed by 90 days.
I have heard that when going to Romania via Hungary by bus or train, there will not be an exit stamp, nor any record of when I left Schengen. Can any seasoned travellers out there confirm that this is the case?
Many thanks in advance!!
May 24, 2012 5:11 AM
1I am Not sure how you can plan that but RO & BG are Not Part of Shengen yet. Serbia certanly is Not. So If you are leaving via any of those countries you will get stamp on your passport.
Overstaying for few days is Not Worth it on a Long Run, As If you are cautch you will Be echotest Coming into Shengen countries for 3 yrs.
May 24, 2012 5:41 AM
2Apart from the fact that a) Romania is not in Schengen yet and Serbia isn't either and b) the experience of one or two seasoned travellers tells nothing about what will happen to you, overstaying your 90-day allowance means breaking the law.
May 24, 2012 6:17 AM
May 24, 2012 5:19 PM
4I wonder where you got the information that you wouldn't receive an exit stamp when leaving Hungary?
I've left Hungary via train on two occasions: into Romania (in 2005) and into Croatia (last year). I received a Hungarian exit stamp in my passport on both occasions.
I wouldn't recommend overstaying your 90 days in Schengen, in any case.
May 24, 2012 9:46 PM
May 25, 2012 5:12 AM
May 25, 2012 5:19 AM
May 25, 2012 5:24 AM
8I've exited Hungary several times in the past couple years, mostly to Ukraine but also to Serbia and got a stamp every single time. Romania is EU but not Schengen so while you might not get a stamp, your passport will be examined. Hungarian customs officials are equipped with small computers so your passport will be scanned and everything will be visible on their screens, making it completely irrelevent whether or not you get an exit stamp. It's really not a good idea to overstay your 90 days in the Schengen Zone as they will catch you. An American guy in front of me in the exit line at Munich Airport was detained by the customs officer for staying over 100 days and told he would have to pay a fine. He was taken to the office so I don't know how much he paid or if he was banned from Schengen, or even if he made his flight.
May 25, 2012 5:36 AM
9Romania is EU but not Schengen so while you might not get a stamp, your passport will be examined
That's not always the case.
Many EU-EU borders just wave you straight across - that's if there's anyone there.
The border between Romania and Bulgaria used to be hours of waiting - just countless hours.
Now it's straight through without stopping - and just buying your Vignetta at the nearest petrol station.
May 25, 2012 5:46 AM
10Right, but in that case neither Romania nor Bulgaria is in the Schengen zone. I've walked across the Polish-Czech border and you can't even tell it's a border, but both are in the Schengen zone. With Hungary (Schengen) and Romania (non-Schengen) it would seem to me that the Hungarians would be checking passports as they're representing the Schengen border. If they don't, what's to stop everyone overstaying their 90 days and making a run for Romania?
May 25, 2012 5:58 AM
11Just as another example....
Last year - we were in Hungary (west of Balaton, very close to Slovenia).
We crossed, by car into a few countries - including Croatia (and back again, on the same route).
Our passport was checked going into Croatia - but not when we came back into Hungary.
Croatia isn't even in The EU - yet they were still waving people through.
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