Schengen Reinforced Border Controls

While traveling in the Schengen Zone usually means borderless travel, for those who have overstayed their Schengen Visa, travel just became harder in 2018.

According to the European Commission, Schengen states have reinforced borders to protect against potential threats of terrorism. This is largely backlash due to the heavy influx of 2015’s refugee crisis, the uncontrolled amount of unknown people flowing into countries, and denial of asylum status that has made people go “underground.”

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This wouldn’t affect normal travel around Europe. As I write about in my most popular blog post, Schengen Treaty and Overstaying Visas, if you have overstayed your tourist visa, it is more difficult to get away without being caught by border guards due to reintroduced borders.

Current Temporarily Reintroduced Schengen Border Controls

Temporarily reintroduced border controls in the context of foreseeable events:

  • France (1 November 2017 – 30 April 2018)
    persistent terrorist threat; all internal borders
  • Austria (12 November 2017 – 12 May 2018)
    The security situation in Europe and threats resulting from the continuous significant secondary movements; land borders with Hungary and with Slovenia;
  • Germany (12 November 2017 – 12 May 2018)
    The security situation in Europe and threats resulting from the continuous significant secondary movements; land border with Austria and flight connections from Greece;
  • Denmark (12 November 2017 – 12 May 2018)
    The security situation in Europe and threats resulting from the continuous significant secondary movements; internal border with Germany;
  • Sweden (12 November 2017 – 12 May 2018)
    The security situation in Europe and threats resulting from the continuous significant secondary movements; selected harbours in Police Regions South and West and at the Öresund Bridge;
  • Norway (12 November 2017 – 12 May 2018)
    The security situation in Europe and threats resulting from the continuous significant secondary movements; ferry connections with DK, DE and SE;

The Council classifies “foreseeable events” as things that could attract a lot of people to an area, ie: sporting event. The duration of the measure is limited to thirty days or for the foreseeable duration of the threat if that threat exceeds thirty days.

If required, the reintroduction of border control can be prolonged for renewable periods of up to thirty days. The total period shall not exceed six months

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