I'm an American planning to stay abroad for 5 months. I want to spend 90 days in the Schengen area, but not consecutively. From reading the posts on here, it seems I can go to England or Croatia or Turkey to be out of the Schengen area.
But I see some people writing about how they went to these places and their passports were not stamped. I am wondering, is it out of line to simply ASK to have your passport stamped? Is this going to raise some red flag with the border police if I specifically ask them to stamp my passport to show I am exiting the Schengen area?
Thanks for any and all help!
If you are exiting the Schengen you will not need to ask, they will gladly do it for you. Anytime I have left the Schengen I got a stamp. in 10 years, no exception.
If anyone else hasnt gotten a stamp, then it was the exception not the rule and most likely a lazy or inept border guard. Besides when you enter the UK or Turkey you will get an entry stamp so that will also so show when you left the Schengen.
I second coldwarspy. I doubt that there are even exceptions for Turkish border!
They might do such exceptions only for Turkish citizens (expats) who might have visa problems with their hosting country otherwise and ask for NOT STAMPING their entrance. However, I even doubt that this might be a case. I have enterred Turkey maybe 50 times and not a single time they missed to stamp...
Anyway, I guarantee that just ask for a stamp in Turkish border and they will be more then happy to do so. Don't worry at all. Same thing should be true for UK. (Based on my experience in two-three entry)