Schengen Area - Regulation of Internal Borders - Internal Movement For Third-country EEA Family Members

Internal Movement For Third-country EEA Family Members

Movement across internal borders of Schengen countries is free of checks on any person by the authorities, except for the controversies below. However, this does not affect the right of airline companies to carry out identity checks within a commercial framework, i.e. when the passenger checks in, with a view to ensuring the person is the one indicated on the ticket or that he/she is entitled to certain discounts. In addition, carriers are allowed to undertake checks for security reasons. Such checks can be conducted through the verification of a passport or an identity card. In the case of an EEA family member third-country national, the airline will usually require a valid passport and valid Schengen State residence permit. The person does not need to be accompanied by, nor joining, the EEA national since the airline is not performing an immigration check.

Although travellers within the Schengen Area are no longer required to show documents at an internal border (except for the controversies below), national laws still require them to carry identity documents. Thus, foreigners with a valid residence permit in a Schengen State and carrying valid documents can travel within the territory and do not need any special permission to do so. It is the obligation of everyone travelling within the area to be able to show a fully valid form of personal identification approved by other Schengen States.

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