Schengen Visa: Change in Itinerary
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Feb 27, 2013 4:42 AM Last Post By: saaj27
Apr 4, 2012 8:28 AM
Schengen Visa: Change in ItineraryHi,
I recently applied for a Schengen Visa from the French Consulate in London and they showed me hell in one day (I'll write a separate post for what not to do)!! Part of the problem was I probably misread the rules. I thought I have to apply with a embasy which is either my first point of entry OR my main destination. It turns its not OR but AND. Hence I had to change my itinerary on the spot, make bookings and submit the documents. In the end I got the multi entry visa for 3 months(YAY)
My query is as per my latest itinerary, I have to spend 6 days in Paris and 6 days in Italy. I'd rather spend 4 days in Paris and 8 in Italy (as per my original itinerary). Since I could not cancel my original Thello train tickets from Paris to Venice, I now have 2 tickets to Venice. Would it be okay if I travel out from Paris at the end of 4th day instead of simply waiting to complete 6 days? Does this get tracked and will it impact my future visa applications?
Does anyone know if the passports are checked/stamped in the Paris/Venice railway stations?
Apr 4, 2012 3:26 PM
1No problem. Once you have passed the immigration check after landing in Paris, you can do whatever you want within the Shengen area. Train tickets are not tracked (you can even buy one without giving your name), and there shall not be a systematic passport check a the train stations. Of course the Police can check you passport anywhere on a random basis, but your itineray will not be mentioned on your visa, so as long as your visa is valid you will be OK.
I have already had some visits from some friends on a Shengen visa, and although the visa was applied for with documents saying they would stay all the time in my house, we have travelled to multiple countries, and they had a few police checks, without any problem, and were able to obtain another visa from the same embassy the following time.
Apr 4, 2012 5:30 PM
2I thought I have to apply with a embasy which is either my first point of entry OR my main destination. It turns its not OR but AND
Look, this is very theoretical. In two instances I've applied for a visa from a country which was not my port of arrival AND not my main destination; in the second case I never went to the country whose embassy issued my visa. I had no problems
Would it be okay if I travel out from Paris at the end of 4th day instead of simply waiting to complete 6 days? Does this get tracked and will it impact my future visa applications?
No, you won't have any problems. As said in the above post, as long as your visa says "Valid for: Schengen states" you can travel anywhere you want in the Schengen zone provided your visa is valid.
As said, there is no regular passport control on inter-Schengen journeys.
Apr 5, 2012 1:09 AM
3Thanks a lot for your comments!! I am going to stick to my original plan of staying in Paris for 4 days :)
Europe...here I come!!!
Apr 10, 2012 12:13 AM
No there is absolutely no problem regarding your original plan. You have applied for a Schengen Visa and till the time it id valid you can stay in France for 4 days and 8 in other. Yes the police might check, but the visa validity will create no problem for you and train tickets are not traced in future.
You can carry on your trip and also apply with same Embassy in future as well. Passports are not stamped on railway stations you can freely move in the Schengen States.
Enjoy your trip.
Jun 3, 2012 2:18 AM
5Hi there, how was your trip? Did you have any difficulty for staying longer in Italy than in France? I am applying through the French embassy as its less hassle that way and showing that i will stay the longest in France - however my actual plans are to stay in Italy longer....
Please do let me know how your trip was. Any checking at the railway station/borders, and seals when u crossed the border? Thanks.
Jun 3, 2012 2:47 AM
6#5, pls read what was written above. Once you're in Schengen, you can do whatever you want.
Jul 24, 2012 1:43 AM
7There was absolutely no checking once I entered the schengen. In fact, since there was no stamping after entering Schengen, it won't cause issues when you apply for Schengen again.
You just have to make sure that when u originally apply for Visa make sure the u show maximum stay in that Country. I should you have bought fully refundable ticktes just for application and revert back to my original plan after the approval.
Aug 4, 2012 3:52 AM
8Hi there Guys,
ITs really nice to know all these information from you. I would like to ask a question which I really need to know. If I come to visit Europe with a schengen visa, and later on want to work and live in a Schengen country, can I change my visa into a working visa or working residence permit? Hope to hear from you guys.
Nov 26, 2012 6:45 AM
9I ran to a similar problem as described below:
I got Schengen Visa for 30 days from Italian Embassy. In my application, I said I wanted to visit only Italy. I went there through Milan Airport and used train for going to the city. There were two attempts to rob me, in one while boarding the train someone caught my leg and took away an airline purse from my pant-pocket. I got scared and decided to restrict my travel to Rome and Venice. Since there was lot of time, I went to Switzerland and Spain, eventually exiting from Lisbon, Portugal.
As a condition of visa, I was required to show my passport to Italian Embassy who had issued me the visa. When the officer observed Portugal stamp, she flared up and said she would put it in Central Data Base and have me black-listed. There were many other travelers who met the same fate.
This was in 2010. If I applied for visa to Poland in 2014, what are my prospects.
Nov 26, 2012 6:58 AM
10As a condition of visa, I was required to show my passport to Italian Embassy who had issued me the visa
A Portugal stamp by itself shouldn't be the root of any problem. But why did you have to show your passport to the embassy which issued your visa?
I suggest you start a new thread. While this thread's respondents can give you answers as well, you can also get replies from others who haven't replied here, but who might know what you can do now.
Nov 26, 2012 8:37 AM
Feb 27, 2013 4:42 AM
I have already booked a holiday for a week in Spain. I looked for appointments for Spanish visa's but there are no appointments before the date i travel on.
Could anyone suggest me another way ?
Maybe travel through France if i can get provisional bookings for accommodation in France and then cancel them after i get the visa? and then travel to France and then go to Spain the same day as once u enter the Schengen area i think you travel without any problem?
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