I am having difficulty getting an answer to this question, or a consistent answer anyway. I am getting conflicting answers from the various websites that sell Eurail and Interail. I am wondering if someone has actually had experience with this situation.
I want to purchase 2 rail passes, a Eurail for myself (I am traveling from the US). My friend has been in Spain for 8 months with a student visa. I would like to buy a Eurail pass for him also. However, I have been told that he must buy an interail pass because he has been in Spain for longer than 6 months. Others have told me that he would be able to use a Eurail pass as long as he has a non-European passport.
I know that he is "eligible" for an interail pass. My question is whether he is required to use interail instead of Eurail or can he use either one? If he presents his Eurail pass and passport from a non-European country, will that be sufficient or will they pay attention to how long he has been in the country and not allow him to travel with the Eurail pass?
Again, I know what the policy says about eligibility to purchase the interail pass. But, I want to know if it is a requirement to only use interail pass in this situation and, if so, whether it is actually enforced for someone in this situation with a student visa.
I appreciate any feedback you can provide, especially if you have had experience with this or know someone who has.