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Old November 5th, 2007, 01:07 AM   #21
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forget Schengen, link to the world (all pics from Germany)






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Old November 5th, 2007, 01:10 AM   #22
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Old November 5th, 2007, 01:12 AM   #23
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I personally prefer if there was no border checkpoints between the USA and Canada because two countries are too much alike. Where I crossed the border, there were 2 booths into Canada and 4 booths into the USA, but on that time only 2 agents were checking cars on each side. Besides the border station there is no fence, and Zero Avenue is running on the Canadian side one metre from the border (on the left):



If your car breaks down, you couldn't even park off the road because it would be a border crossing violation On both sides, there were houses less than 30 metres from the border.
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Old November 5th, 2007, 02:49 AM   #24
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That would be dangerous, we need to keep those illegal Canadian aliens from entering the US
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Old November 5th, 2007, 06:16 PM   #25
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The San Diego - Tijuana border crossing is said to be one of the busiest in the world. It has over 25 lanes i think.

[IMG]http://i20.************/2ziwupk.png[/IMG]

Also notice the different amount of lanes, from US point of view: about 5 outbound, and over 25 inbound. Maybe because incoming traffic to the US is checked much more strictly then outgoing traffic to Mexico.
Mexico has a fairly loosely controlled 'Border Zone' that includes a strip about 50 or so km wide between the two gulfs plus the entire Baja Peninsula. Their REAL checkpoints are where one crosses from the Border Zone into the interior and, from I am aware of, are a hassle to cross, especially in a car. OTOH, the USA's big inspection is at the border.

Also, the yellow line is NOT in the right place in that image. The actual border is the grayish line between the checkpoints.

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Old November 5th, 2007, 07:41 PM   #26
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Yeah, the border is quite wrong there in the region. You can notice it also very good near Mexicali.
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Old November 5th, 2007, 09:21 PM   #27
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Border crossing - Zwardoń/Myto (POLAND/SLOVAKIA)
New terminal completed in 2004. In 2009 Poland and Slovakia will be in Schengen so I don't know what for this terminal is built



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Old November 5th, 2007, 09:27 PM   #28
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Poland & Slovakia (and many others) will be in Schengen before this Christmas!
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Old November 5th, 2007, 09:29 PM   #29
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The crossed-out country names are funny. If only they had that syntax in the US!
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Old November 5th, 2007, 09:48 PM   #30
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1st January 2oo8 <--EDIT

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Old November 5th, 2007, 09:56 PM   #31
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The ten new member states that acceded to the European Union—and thus to the Schengen Agreement—on 1 May 2004, except for Cyprus, are set to implement the agreement on 21 December 2007 for overland borders and seaports, and on 29 March 2008 for airports.

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Old November 5th, 2007, 10:15 PM   #32
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I was shocked that borders in Europe don't exist. I had my passport ready to show when we got near, and then, basically a sign that's as large as when you cross into a different County in Ontario tells you are in a different country.

Getting to the USA through Canada can be quite time-consuming, I just figured it was like that in most places.
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Old November 5th, 2007, 10:49 PM   #33
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Macelj/Obrežje (HR/SLO) - it+s second most important HR-SLO border crossing and allways crowded for LKW, but also often for other vehicles. it actually doesn't have large capacity, but i think that new border crossing will be built when Slovenia start to build motorway at its side (btw, i think they have allready made new border crossing which they plan to use, it's at picture)

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Old November 5th, 2007, 11:02 PM   #34
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Maljevac/Velika Kladuša (HR/BIH)

i have never been there, but this is design for typical croatian border crossing, so probably it's croatian side (Maljevac), although there are some HR-BIH border crossing where police cooperates, so you don't have 2 sides




Kamensko HR/BIH

here i really don't know which side (maybe again that cooperation thing)

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Debeli Brijeg/Sutorina (HR/MNE)

i guess this is montenegrian side because they have recently opened modern border crossing (they used to use only container till recently). croatian is typical if i remember photos well

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The ten new member states that acceded to the European Union—and thus to the Schengen Agreement—on 1 May 2004, except for Cyprus, are set to implement the agreement on 21 December 2007 for overland borders and seaports, and on 29 March 2008 for airports.

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The ten new member states that acceded to the European Union—and thus to the Schengen Agreement—on 1 May 2004, except for Cyprus, are set to implement the agreement on 21 December 2007 for overland borders and seaports, and on 29 March 2008 for airports.

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It's not definitive. It should be definitely decided on December 6 but I think it's only formality. If Mr. Frattini said we will be in Schengen before Christmas it must be true. Finnaly, the Iron courtain falls. Or it's moving eastwards...?
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Old November 6th, 2007, 02:59 AM   #38
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Finnaly, the Iron courtain falls. Or it's moving eastwards...?
With Russia regaining its power and ambitions, the new Iron Curtain may just as well be established at its borders.
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Mexico has a fairly loosely controlled 'Border Zone' that includes a strip about 50 or so km wide between the two gulfs plus the entire Baja Peninsula. Their REAL checkpoints are where one crosses from the Border Zone into the interior and, from I am aware of, are a hassle to cross, especially in a car. OTOH, the USA's big inspection is at the border.
Interesting, please elaborate!
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Interesting, please elaborate!
If I may interject...

At the border, you buy a tourist pass which gives you 30 days in the country for about $200MX ($18US). You can stay within the 30 mi/50 km border zone without one in order to buy goods at the border towns, etc. A reciprocal agreement exists for Mexican nationals to buy US goods. However, once you travel south of the border zone, the Federal Police or Army sets up a checkpoint which every car must stop at. I was on a bus, so all they did was ask for an ID card or passport, and the tourist card. They also had dogs around looking for contraband. It was much the same way coming back into the United States (though the facility was nice new and shiny, thanks Homeland Security!) though it took longer, since the US officials looked at the Mexican citizen's papers with a lot more scrutiny than the Mexican officials looked at our papers. They also tore half our luggage up looking for drugs and other illegal items.
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