No stamp in my passport

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1. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I came to switzerland a month ago to stay with my boyfriend, we had a lot of stress because i can only stay for three months and then i have to leave for a month befor i can come back for another three. the only catch is they never stamped my passport at the airport. Does this now mean that i can stay as long as i like bcause there is no proof i have been here for more than 3 months or does this mean that i am actually illegally here? if anyone has tried to live in another country without a visa and has some knowledge of these things i would be really rally greatful

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If swiss visa law doesn't differ too much from the German one, then: Yes, you are technically illegally there. You should have never left the airport without getting a stamp in the first place!

It is true, the Swiss let a lot of people in without checking their passports, much less stamping them. But the vast majority of travellers don't need such a stamp. All members of the Schengen states can travel to Switzerland on their national ID's. People with passports needing stamps aren't the norm, so they slide through. But your visa/entry stamp is your responsibility, not the problem of the Swiss authorities!

I highly recommend that you get in touch with the Australian embassy ASAP and ask them for advice.

I also really hope you have been in Switzerland less than 90 days. (They could easily check your flights, you know...)

3. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

yeah turns out i am illegal and if i dont get a stamp and i get caught i am banned for 2 years, not good for a person who hopes to becom a citizen. I was so excited, i thought somehow by default they were gunna let me stay for christmas..... but alas not.....

4. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

contacted my embassy, they say this happens all the time and they always get stressed phone calls butnot to worry. i just have to give my embassy my passport and they send it back to me with the stamp. i know now for next time