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11. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Yeah I think we don't get a stamp in Norway either which supports the EEA idea. Which is a shame - I have some lovely Norwegian passport stamps from back in the day.

12. Posted by meegwilson1 (Budding Member 18 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your thoughts. I will keep paper work safe and count my days.;)

13. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 766 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

I assume because UK citizens are...for the moment... EU citizens. Although Schengen & the EU are not coterminous I think the agreement regarding free movement applies to all EU/EEA/Schengen citizens.

But if there is a stamp when you cross from Slovenia (EU and Schengen member) and Croatia (EU but not Schengen), why not between, say, France (EU and Schengen member) and the UK (EU (currently) but not Schengen)?

14. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 449 posts) 40w 1 Star this if you like it!

Getting a stamp depends on citizenship?

UK citizens don't get a stamp when entering e.g. France because all EU & EAA citizens have freedom of movement within the EU, regardless of Schengen.

EU/EAA citizens don't get a stamp when (for now) they enter the UK.

Those whose citizenships are not EU/EAA and who are not allowed to enter the UK for an unlimited period and/or without a visa also get a stamp when entering the UK from e.g. France.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Mar-2018, at 03:27 by leics2 ]

15. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 766 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Getting a stamp depends on citizenship?

UK citizens don't get a stamp when entering e.g. France because all EU & EAA citizens have freedom of movement within the EU, regardless of Schengen.

EU/EAA citizens don't get a stamp when (for now) they enter the UK.

Those whose citizenships are not EU/EAA and who are not allowed to enter the UK for an unlimited period and/or without a visa also get a stamp when entering the UK from e.g. France.

Ah yes, of course that would be it :)

16. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 845 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

True. We're USA citizens and our passports get stamped between France and the UK.

17. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

I'm a Canuck. Same thing.

18. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 77 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

@ meegwilson1
The official rule seems clear. However, it doesn't always work like this in practice, .

My partner and I (one with US passport and one with EU passport) have been crossing the border between Slovenia and Croatia and back two years ago, driving a rental car with Slovenian plates. Passport check was virtually non-existing, we held them out of the car window but we were told to pass. Both times. No stamps for either of us, passports were not even really checked.

So, if you need stamps to prove how long or short you have been outside the Schengen zone, it may be that you actually have to ask for that stamp when you cross by car. I guess it depends on the individual officer. Maybe good to keep that in mind.

19. Posted by meegwilson1 (Budding Member 18 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Thanks westwind57. Good advice.

20. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 449 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

I too agree that it's good advice to ask for a stamp (if one is required) when leaving and re-entering Schengen.

I think it particularly makes sense when the non-Schengen country is in the process of acceding to Schengen, as Croatia has been for the past few years (aiming to finalise this year, though it may be 2019).