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Old 05-29-2012, 02:05 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I suggest going for the full 90 days once you are there. I did 30 days for my honeymoon and it was WAY too short. Now I know of LOTS of less expensive ways to travel, so I would do the 90 days in a heartbeat and for VERY cheap (and spending money when and where important).

Paris and London are not so cheap, but you could rent a furnished flat on the outskirts / train ride away and have a GREAT time. Get to the beach in both France and England. Normandy area was well worth the time. Might as well see Wales and Scotland too (and Belgium and The Netherlands ...). You can do a Horse / Inn tour of Wales Coastline.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Actually because the UK is not a Schengen state UK to Paris would have passport control. There are a few others like Norway and Switzerland too. But none require a visa for short term travel.
Huh, I thought the UK was part of that deal. Either way, they'll have their passport with them, so shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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Huh, I thought the UK was part of that deal. Either way, they'll have their passport with them, so shouldn't be an issue.
Nope, you still need a passport to travel to the UK .... from anywhere including the other EU countries (except Eire). However, for US passport holders no visa is required but you do have to fill out a landing card.

For the Schengen area (which is most of the EU), you do need a passport to enter. Again, no visa required for US passport holders. Once you are in the Schengen area, there is no passport control between countries so it is just like traveling inter-state in the USA. However, you will your passport as ID for airlines, etc. just as we use our drivers licenses for ID here in the USA.

For Switzerland, while technically you need your passport to enter, if you are flying in from the Schengen area there is no more passport control. If arriving by road, some of the border posts are manned but, in practice, they never ask for your passport and are more interested in how much booze, meat or butter you have.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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For Switzerland, while technically you need your passport to enter, if you are flying in from the Schengen area there is no more passport control. If arriving by road, some of the border posts are manned but, in practice, they never ask for your passport and are more interested in how much booze, meat or butter you have.
Dang, you can say that again ...
We always took ALL our kids with us on our semi-monthly shopping trip to Basel (Jaggy must have been crossing into France mainly ???), since the amount of stuff you can bring back depends on the number of people in your car ...
We did find some *unmanned* entries, by going *the scenic route home*.

For those who will be traveling by car to Switzerland, be not surprised to pay for a *Highway pass* (I think this is still going on ??)
If you buy the darn vignette in November, you're *screwed*, since it expires in December, ... Oh well ...

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Old 06-05-2012, 01:58 PM
 
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Country Specific Information (Dept. of State info for Americans traveling abroad). Includes info on visas, contact info on U.S. Embassies and Consulates, etc. Web site also has info on travel advisories and warnings. BTW, if going to a country that requires a visa, don't assume you can get one at the airport. In Brazil, for example, you cannot (you wouldn't even get on the plane leaving the U.S.).

Schengen Fact Sheet
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