Entering Schengen Area before Visa Start date – not possible :)

Well that is not surprising, now is it?

Someone I know closely recently planned to visit Paris. When they had checked in on the Eurostar at St. Pancras Station, and were at the immigration window, did they they realize there was a problem. The officer pointed out that they visa started 2 weeks later.

The officer then called a policeman, who escorted them out of the Eurostar area, and gave them a ‘refused entry’ paper. Not sure if this will affect their future visa applications.

But the lesson is, be sure that you don’t try to travel to the Schengen area before the visa start date.

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2 thoughts on “Entering Schengen Area before Visa Start date – not possible :)

  1. A comment I got from a reader … pasted below …

    Hi Virup, I saw one of your old posts from June 2011 about friends of yours who received ‘refused entry’ letter at St Pancras when they tried to board the Eurostar because the visa wasn’t valid yet. Do you know if they ever tried to apply again for Schengen visa since and whether it was more difficult? Same thing just happened to my mother and I am a bit worried. Many thanks!

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