Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Sun Jan 29, 2023 7:29 pm
On the Continent, both COVID and the War have caused "cracks" in the free movement between "Schengen Agreement" members of the EU. Germany has established passport controls at least with Austria. At Freilassing, trains are stopped for document examination. On one train I rode this past August, the Polizei Officer actually looked at my passport, but on another, it was just a wave.
To elaborate, traveling Eastward TO Austria, there is no passport control.
Entering and leaving Italy (went to Bolzano to have Lunch), at Brenner, there was a lengthy stop (well by European rail standards), but only a run through the train by the "mask police" (both Germany and Italy require such; Austria does not).
Now, after an announcement in both German and English, that "this is a passport checkpoint, please have documents ready for examination" entering Germany from Austria, once to go to Munich Stadtmitte for Lunch as well as not having been there since the "'60 Family Trip", on the private Westbahn, it seemed like the Polizei were looking at my visa (just the stamp, but it's still a visa) I guess wondering if I were legally entering Germany.
When leaving to go to MUC on a Bayern regional, the "examination" was simply a wave.
FAIK, to the Westbahn examiner, I looked like a Russian avoiding military conscription!!! (does Putin need 81yos to fight his war).