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Overstayed in Italy by 8 days

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1. Posted by Philh87 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hello all,

I have a question and I have not found any clear answers on this so I will ask. I was in Italy (Naples) summer 2009 and overstayed my 90 day tourist visa by 8 days. However I am planning on returning this Christmas to visit my Italian best friend who lives in Naples. When I left the Schengen zone at Naples' Capodichino Airport the immigration officer just put the normal exit stamp in my passport and didn't say anything to me. I know what a normal stamp looks like because I have been to Italy 7 times before. I traveled back to the states via London Gatwick Airport but didn't leave the airport so I didn't have to see an Immigation Officer ( I know that the UK has strict rules about overstayers) Since then I have got a new passport because the old one has expired but I realize that with computers they can look up my previous entries and exits to/from the Schengen Zone. My question is, has anyone overstayed a tourist visa by a relatively short time and returned to Italy ( or any other EU country) without any problems? Do you think they will refuse me entry into Italy? This overstay has me really worried that I will never be able to see my best friend again. I love him so much and not being able to hug him, see him really makes me sad :( Thank you for your advice and comments in advance.

Philip Holman

ps. I have an American Passport

2. Posted by Philh87 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Just some information I forgot to post. I am an American citizen living in the US. I only plan on visiting Italy for 2 to 3 weeks, just for Christmas and New Years. I have no intentions of looking for work while I am there. I just want to see my best friend that I have not seen in about a year and a half.

3. Posted by Sallyxx (Budding Member 42 posts) 5y

Philip, I think you need to search specifically about visa re-entry regulations in Italy. Whether you'd have been allowed into the UK is neither here nor there, as the UK isn't in the Schengen area. Similarly not all EU countries are in Schengen. Perhaps you could contact the Italian consulate in your country?