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11. Posted by Jaana M (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

I am a male. This is my g/f account. I am certain I cannot do anything. I really need to know what will happen! Thanks!

12. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

The official line is that you will be banned indefinitely from returning to any Schengen country. They may look upon it more favourably if you own up to it and admit that you made a mistake. You won't be jailed.

13. Posted by Jaana M (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Quoting magykal1

The official line is that you will be banned indefinitely from returning to any Schengen country. They may look upon it more favourably if you own up to it and admit that you made a mistake. You won't be jailed.

So no jail...good. thanks. Will there be any fines?

14. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Jaana M

Quoting magykal1

The official line is that you will be banned indefinitely from returning to any Schengen country. They may look upon it more favourably if you own up to it and admit that you made a mistake. You won't be jailed.

So no jail...good. thanks. Will there be any fines?

Shouldn't be any penalty other than deportation and in future you will need to apply for a Visa to come back.

15. Posted by Jaana M (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting Jaana M

Quoting magykal1

The official line is that you will be banned indefinitely from returning to any Schengen country. They may look upon it more favourably if you own up to it and admit that you made a mistake. You won't be jailed.

So no jail...good. thanks. Will there be any fines?

Shouldn't be any penalty other than deportation and in future you will need to apply for a Visa to come back.

Deportation, what does that consist of?

When I go to the border and they question me, I will tell them my travel agent sold me insurence for 5 months, and told me I didn't need a visa, then when I overstayed and realised I needed one, I couldn't get one, or afford another flight, because it was so close to christmas. So what is deportation? I am already leaving at that time...

16. Posted by lucy16 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

hi there
just read ur message. i have just been in the same situation except i overstayed for 3 months not 3 weeks!!! im here for sport and i had no idea about the 3 month period for people on holiday visa haha but anyway found out last week about all these schengen rules so called a friend who speaks german and immediately went down the local Auslanderbehorde (its where they deal with things like this ) ul find one in most areas. i told them my story and how i didnt mean to intentionally overstay and that i have a ticket back to my country in november so im going anyway and they were really good about it!! they gave me a form which they said to present to passport control when i left and then i will have absolutely no problems leaving. to be honest i think if i wasnt planning on coming back to the EU in the near future i wouldnt have needed the form but i am supposed to be coming back in january for a job so i needed to fix the problem 100% that not only can i come back here before 90 days but be able to get a work visa which would not have been possible if id decided to chance it and leave without smoothing all this S%$T out first!!!. its almost 99% likely they will not give u problems when ur leaving as ur LEAVING the country. the only real problems you might have is if you plan on coming back to a schengen country in the next 5 years as if they see you have overstayed they may deny you entry back in if you try.... but if you said your not planning on coming back soon then theres no problem and they cant deport you back to canada if ur already leaving right!!
any other questions im happy to answer... =)

17. Posted by lucy16 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

-snip- you wont be deported dont worry. just do what i did and if you really want to make things good that if you do decide to come back to the schengen area within 5 years then GO to the auslandebehorde like i did and tell them your story and you should get the same piece of paper i did!!!
no worries about it!

[ Edit: Please keep it nice! ]

18. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Jaana M

Deportation, what does that consist of?

Basically you have to leave, which you were going to do anyway. You'll end up cutting your trip a bit short.

Follow Lucy's suggestion about visiting the immigration office.

19. Posted by Jaana M (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

If they ask, I will tell them my travel agent sold me 5 months worth of travel insurence and told me I could stay with no extra visas. I will tell them by the time I found out it was only 90 days, it was already an overstay, and that I couldn't afford a 2000$+ ticket, and already had my flight booked...
thanks everyone! I was really scared for a couple days.

20. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Well, your best bet is indeed to go to the local Auslaenderbehoerde with a native speaker of German and get the same form Lucy16 did.

The problem is only that you'll need to fly to London from Germany once you have this form.

You can, but should not take the train, as the above form needs be handed to the German customs and immigration officers. On the border to France there are no customs and no immigration control, so you cannot hand this form in. Thus you might get into trouble on the French-UK border.

Visiting the Auslaenderbehoerde and flying to the UK is really the least hassle (and the only legal way I know of) for you to get to the UK from Germany at this point.

www.skyscanner.net can help you find a cheap flight to the UK.

Regarding the travel agents advice: Aussies and other citizens can stay in the UK up to 6 months visafree, so the information you were given is correct. (Your ticket said "London" afterall.)

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 18, 2007, at 12:33 PM by t_maia ]