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Old February 1st, 2016, 10:24 AM posted to
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Default Traveling on one-way tickets

On Monday, February 1, 2016 at 9:33:41 AM UTC, Giovanni Drogo wrote:
On Sat, 30 Jan 2016, Ken Blake wrote:

Sometimes at land boundaries the check doesn't even exist. I have
walked from France (Menton) to Italy (Ventimiglia) and back without
even being stopped.

How long ago ? Checks were abolished at some time. You mean Ponte San
Luigi or Ponte San Ludovico crossings ? Or you mean walking along the
beach ?

I've never been checked on the boats on Lake Lugano (I usually do a trip
starting at Porto Ceresio, Italy, then doing a walk somewhere in
Switzerland, and continuing by boat to Porlezza (Italy). I once alighted
in Campione (an italian enclave within Switzerland) then climbed a path
in the woods back into Switzerland and down to the lake.

I also did a hike through Splugen pass on the old mule way and there
were no checks at all.

The funny thing was that I was concerned because my identity card was
stamped on the back (at some time the validity of the card was extended
from 5 to 10 years with such a a stamp), and I heard that Switzerland
might not like such extension of the printed expiry date. I even tried
to get a new card, but at the town hall after a 90 min queue they
refused my carefully taken photographs because of reflection in the
glasses I wear. So I went away, sent an e-mail to the Swiss consulate
and within 2 hours I got a reply with attached all the official
documentation (they do accept a "paper" identity card stamped on the
back, they do not accept an "electronic' (plastic) identity card with
the extension stamp on a separate piece of paper.

Anyhow, when my identity card finally expired, I booked for an
electronic one (one has to book 6 months in advance :-() for which they
take the picture on the spot (and just in case I brought a mount without
lenses :-)), and now I am OK for 10-years-and-odd (the validity is at
the next birthday after the 10 years :-))

There's a small area on the Dutch/Belgian border that has two dozen (or so!) mini-enclaves all over the place, with some borders going through houses etc. You could change countries 20 times in 5 minutes. Goodness knows why this hasn't been sorted - an historical idiocy - but try policing that!