The following letter was from a reader who wanted to share her experience of overstaying a tourist visa in Spain. Although she did overstay and was not yet punished for it, it is my impression that her summation of her experience and advice to other travelers is right on.
Letter from Laura about overstaying visa in Spain:
I do not have a question as such, just wanted to briefly tell you my experience of “overstaying”.
I recently went to Spain for an Au Pair job. I fell in love with the country and decided I didn’t want to leave. “Everybody” told me staying longer than the permitted 3 months would not be a problem in Spain. But I did a few searches anyway and felt it was an issue. By this time I had stayed 4 months. So i booked a flight to leave from Sevilla to Bristol England and the booked date totaling 5 months in Spain.
At the airport i was really scared of being banned from returning to the beloved country. The man who checked my passport flicked through a few pages, stamped my passport and handed it back! I was really surprised. Then expecting questioning in England I again got nothing! I am Australian and have the work visa for UK. In England they didn’t even say anything when i answered “5 months” to the “How long were you in Spain”!!
I still will recommend to all my friends to NOT overstay in schegen countries. It is not worth the stress and things are changing. I would say the risk of being banned from a country you love isn’t worth the extra month or two. I won’t be overstaying again.
I am going back to Spain after the 3 month wait period. I hope I have no troubles re-entering.
I don’t know if you will find this interesting and I don’t know how to post for everyone to read. When I get a new job I will donate to your site. It is invaluable.
Kind regards and safe traveling!
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