The following is a comment that I received from a reader about how unpunished Schengen visa overstays will soon be a convenience of the past:
Soon, you will not need to worry about WHETHER you will be caught for overstaying since procedures and technology will change. You will be required to obtain an entry and exit stamp every time you enter and leave the Schengen Zone and your entry and exit will be computerised on a system that can instantly calculate how many days you have been in the Zone and how many have elapsed since your last visit. If you have overstayed, there will be a fine and you will be denied entry again for up to 3 years. Not having an entry or exit stamp because there was nobody preent at the border will be illegal. In this scenario, you will need to go to the Police Station. If you fail to get an exit stamp, you will not be able to re-enter and will be denied entry and fined for a previous illegal exit. It is good to see that the Schengen Authorities are starting to catch up with the crooks who gloat about their overstays on this website. After all, we would be in real trouble if we tried the same in their countries and might even be executed or given 300 lashings.
I agree completely with your prediction: unpunished Schengen visa overstays will soon be a thing of the past. The borders of Europe will soon be locked down, and everyone who enters or exits will be entered into a computer database that can be easily accessed by any country in the region.
We are in a transition period now, the countries of the Schengen zone are learning how to deal with handling immigration as a region rather than by individual country. Some countries — such as Germany and Switzerland — have already learned, but the others will soon follow.
The perpetual tourist in Europe is a character of the past.
If so, then take a look at our Schengen visa community forum. It’s a community just for people who have questions or concerns related to Europe’s Schengen immigration zone.