Travelling to Europe/Frankfurt with a criminal conviction

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  1. stevemilo

    stevemilo Intern

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    I have been reading and replying to a few posts in the USA criminal conviction thread. I was just wondering if it as difficult to enter Europe if you have a upcoming court case? Does anyone have a copy of the customs form you have to fill out upon entering Frankfurt for a 15 day Cosmos tour?
     

  2. Brettmcg

    Brettmcg Active Member

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    Are you an Australian citizen? If so, you will be entering Germany/the EU on a Schengen Visa issued upon your arrival. In my many experiences travelling to/through Europe, and especially Germany I have not once had to fill out a Customs or Immigration form. In fact, security and passport control is pretty lax.
     
  3. Travel Guru

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    I'd second what Brettmcg said, ive been to Europe twice this year to several countries including Germany and the only country requiring a customs form was the UK.

    Customs is extremely lax in most European airports of late, infact in several its been one person on a chair sitting at the exit.

    Im not a lawyer and so dont offer this advice as concrete, but the US tends to be alot more strict on criminal records than the EU, so I dont imagine you'll run into too many difficulties depending on the nature of your conviction.

    TG
     
  4. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    I would think that EU would be likely to be easy to get in, however I would still recommend getting advice from a lawyer versed in immigration rather than relying on opinions on here since FRA is a long way to fly straight back from if there are any issues.

    Dave
     
  5. Brettmcg

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    Definitely. You may even wish to contact the German Embassy here in Australia to see what they can advise.
     
  6. JohnK

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    I am not sure what is required when entering Germany but I will find out in 2 weeks as I will be on a Cosmos tour starting in Frankfurt.

    As mentioned by others always seek official advice when not certain but a rough guide as to what is required on the application for a Schengen visa does not require you to provide a criminal record history like the USA.
     
  7. stevemilo

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    Thx guys for your help. Yes, if you could let me know after your Cosmos tour, that would be really helpful. Regards, Steve
     
  8. JohnK

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    No need to complete any customs forms when entering Germany.

    And from my experience a few days ago there does not appear to be any outbound customs/passport control.
     
  9. NM

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    Outbound passport control is only required when departing Germany (or any country/state that is a member signatory to the Schengen agreement) for a non-schengen destination. So it depends on where your next destination is to be.
     
  10. JohnK

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    You are probably right. I was going to Helsinki which is still Schengen. Interesting though that whilst in transit in Helsinki I had to go through passport control for flight to Zurich.
     
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