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Previously overstayed in schengen zone- trouble next trip?

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1. Posted by lvs (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Hello!

short version of question: will I be allowed into europe after a previous overstay ( I did not get in trouble when I left-normal exit stamp) and do I need to be out 90 days or 180 days before I attempt to return? which is the most forgiving county to fly into? Should I attempt UK= or Turkey entrance.

Longer Version:

I flew into Amsterdam and I left 2 years and 5 months later. So I overstayed the 90 day rule by a little over 2 years.
When I flew out... I was pulled out of line and questioned- of course. I explained that I'd been traveling around.. which is true.
I told them that I hadn't been in the schengen area the entire time- which was true.
They were mostly concerned on if I had been working illegally and what I'd been doing.

In the end they let me go with a normal stamp. I think they ran my info through the data base to see if anything came up on me. There wasn't anything.

I asked them if I was in trouble and what would happen now. They said basically - I leave and go home. They told me not to dare come back for at least 90 days.

Then I left.

My problem now is that I want to travel back into Europe. I'm wondering if anyone has had any problems with a previous overstay= and then came back in- with no problems or with problems.

I will have been out of the area between 140-150 days. Is this enough? Or do I need to be gone 180 days?

I've done all kinds of research and read all kinds of forums. I can't seem to find my answer and I don't know where to find this information.

I'm concerned with the stamps in my passport. I only have 2 stamps.. clearly the huge time difference.
Can they hassle me now?

Any help would be so welcome!

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2455 posts) 5y

"... I've done all kinds of research and read all kinds of forums. I can't seem to find my answer and I don't know where to find this information..."

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That's because there is no black-and-white answer to your question.

You could slide right in without a glitch... you could be turned away... It's impossible to predict because there is no way to know what kind of a red flag (or not) is on your file and there's no way to know what mood the Immigration official will be in when you step up to the booth.

Roll the dice. Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 5y

yeah, it depends on the luck of the draw. i overstayed Britain by years and NZ by 3 months. in both instances, the immigration officer didnt scrutinize the passport's inner pages, just the front identification to confirm the photo with my face.

it is like russian roulette. just take the risk and live with it

4. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 114 posts) 5y

I got fined and banned for overstaying an Egyptian visa for 12 hrs.

Peter

5. Posted by kb323 (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Ivs! How did this turn out?? I agree there arent any blogs regarding this issue!!! I did about the same thing with my permit that i had to stay for school but expired a while back but the school continued to allow me to study there without...so i didnt make any problems until leaving amsterdam about 1.5 months ago. I have 1.5 weeks vacation and want to go visit holland since my return ticket is there but i am so scared since they did make a "report" on me, someone should post a number or what consulate/embassy we can contact to get more information,,,,,it should not be a guessing or trial and error thing, this is serious !!! Let me know and hope you got in no problems!!!!

6. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2455 posts) 5y

"... someone should post a number or what consulate/embassy we can contact to get more information..."

Honestly?

You can't Google the Dutch Embassy in your own country to get their contact info? How about trying to Google Dutch Immigration?

Cheers,
Terry

7. Posted by kb323 (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

i have been in contact with the dutch embassy where im currently at, they are totally useless, they tell me the same exact thing the immigrant chief at schipol told me. i have asked them about "considerate pardons" since I never worked in the netherlands, and had legal permits to stay when i was there. the embassy/consulate act as if they can't do anything but i am almost positive they can especially on terms if you are not a criminal and are only passign through with a in transit ticket...right?? the chief of immigration, did mention that if i was in transit to another NON SCHENGEN country that it would be okay, but i am trying to get into amsterdam for a few days for Easter until my next work project and then continue. think this is possible?????????????

8. Posted by kb323 (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Ivs, i would definitely in your case go to istanbul even make a vacation out of it. then fly back into europe but stay far far far away from Germany, Netherlands, Belgium for that matter and just because Switzerland complys with schengen laws, I would stay away from there too.