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Old April 2nd, 2014, 03:14 PM   #10041
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I believe that is a wildlife crossing.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 09:52 PM   #10042
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Border bridge between Konispol/Albania and Skala/Greece

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Old April 4th, 2014, 11:29 PM   #10043
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Crossing the border between France and Switzerland on A41/A1 and then driving into and around Genève:



(and yes I think I was flashed... for driving 50 in a 50).
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Old April 5th, 2014, 12:38 AM   #10044
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What are the conditions when entering BiH, MNE, AL, MK?
Is it possible to take a photo with the country sign (and yourself out of the car )? Should you ask the border staff about this?
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Old April 5th, 2014, 08:10 AM   #10045
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Mexico - New Mexico USA border

Children crossing the border getting back home to Chihuahua Mexico from schools in New Mexico USA.


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How's that? There is any kind of agreement between Mexico and USA for allowing Mexican children to study in US schools?


Those children are actually US-born children living in Mexico and studying in the United States.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 11:38 AM   #10046
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What are the conditions when entering BiH, MNE, AL, MK?
Is it possible to take a photo with the country sign (and yourself out of the car )? Should you ask the border staff about this?
I've made several photos of these signs and borders, but I've never found a courage to get out of my car a take a photo out of it (photos are usually taken from my car and therefore you can see my dirty windscreen on them). Especially Macedonian border policemen are way too moody to me
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Old April 5th, 2014, 12:42 PM   #10047
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You see some of those pictures that's why I asked, especially by motorbikers.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 03:51 PM   #10048
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Crossing the border between France and Switzerland on A41/A1 and then driving into and around Genève:



(and yes I think I was flashed... for driving 50 in a 50).
Typical Swiss point of view of the Schengen system, many cops doing absolutely nothing... And this is nothing compared to the border point Chiasso-Como with Italy, where during the summer I waited almost 30min to cross the border... Really good job!
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Old April 5th, 2014, 04:04 PM   #10049
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Weren't those cops the custom officers?As Switzerland has not the custom union with the EU you still abide to the custom control when crossing.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 08:49 PM   #10050
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What are the conditions when entering BiH, MNE, AL, MK?
Is it possible to take a photo with the country sign (and yourself out of the car )? Should you ask the border staff about this?
As far as I'm aware, there are no restrictions on crossing any of those borders on foot, so getting out of the car is no issue at all. I've wandered around quite a few border crossings before/after the controls and no-one has batted an eyelid.

There's no restriction on photography at most border crossings too, except the Kosovo ones. It wouldn't hurt to ask for permission if you want to photograph the buildings, but for the sign, no-one will care if you do it.

Can't speak for MK, but certainly MNE, AL and BiH border guards are a cheery, friendly bunch. Certainly - if you want to photograph the MNE border sign on the HR border, it won't be an issue because neither sign is near the actual border crossing.

Getting out of the car is a non-issue. They're used to people crossing on foot and I've never heard a single word about doing it. I even made a point of crossing to/from Hungary a couple of times when stuck in a ridiculous queue at Horgos, and no-one batted an eyelid.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 08:52 PM   #10051
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Typical Swiss point of view of the Schengen system, many cops doing absolutely nothing... And this is nothing compared to the border point Chiasso-Como with Italy, where during the summer I waited almost 30min to cross the border... Really good job!
I crossed the Como-Chiasso border last year. Ironically, it was the Italians who checked every single screw of my car (I reckon that being Spanish and in my 20s I am quite likely to be carrying some weed).

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Weren't those cops the custom officers?As Switzerland has not the custom union with the EU you still abide to the custom control when crossing.
Yes, it's a custom thing. As you said, Switzerland is within the Schengen zone, but you have to go through custom controls.

Road-wise, Switzerland being part of the Schengen agreement means little. You still have to go through 2 different checkpoints and you're likely to be stopped and checked. Minor roads are a different story, I crossed the old Perly douane four times and encountered no officers.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 08:53 PM   #10052
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Weren't those cops the custom officers?As Switzerland has not the custom union with the EU you still abide to the custom control when crossing.
Precisely, although I think quite a few of them there were patrolling the use of vignettes rather than Customs. But yes, under Schengen law, they shouldn't be stopping every car, but rather they should be conducting operations based on intelligence and risk analysis. Therefore, it's normal that many of them would be "doing nothing", because that's exactly what Schengen demands.

Having said that, the attitude of the French towards EU Customs controls is diabolical. They've abandoned the vast majority of their offices and seem to be doing absolutely nothing to control imports from Switzerland.
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Old April 5th, 2014, 08:58 PM   #10053
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That's not diabolical, it is finally being reasonable and treating people with respect instead of worrying about "swiss terrorists" like some other countries
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Old April 5th, 2014, 09:10 PM   #10054
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That's not diabolical, it is finally being reasonable and treating people with respect instead of worrying about "swiss terrorists" like some other countries
But the complete abandoning of controls isn't sensible too. The Swiss approach (random "flying" controls) would at least make sense - but the French seem to have taken the attitude that there's no need for any controls.

I have a friend who had to import (legally) some very high priced computer software from Switzerland to France. He had the money to pay for the VAT and import duties, but what he found was that it was nearly impossible to find an open customs office. Eventually, he went to the main France-Switzerland border crossing near Geneva, but there should surely be other places to import such goods?

(interestingly, the first place he tried was Geneva Airport - the French Customs were nowhere to be found, even though they were theoretically open)
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Old April 5th, 2014, 10:02 PM   #10055
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But goods should be free, to hell with VAT (and especially import duties) Is it reasonable to pay for the expense of such controls to take relatively small amounts of money? It doesn't provide useful service (like government revenue) to the public, it only hurts them for nothing.

It is kind of amusing though that the French are not at all like that on the other side with all the English coming and going
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Old April 5th, 2014, 11:09 PM   #10056
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Certainly - if you want to photograph the MNE border sign on the HR border, it won't be an issue because neither sign is near the actual border crossing.
And what about these ones?


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Old April 5th, 2014, 11:31 PM   #10057
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Are there any recent pictures from:
- HR/BiH crossing A10/A1
- BiH/HR crossing Trebimlja/Cepikuce
- HR/MNE crossing Vitaljina/Njivice
- MNE/AL crossing Božaj/Hani i Hotit
- AL/MK crossing Pogradec/Sv. Naum
- MK/SRB crossing E75
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Old April 6th, 2014, 12:10 AM   #10058
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Are there any recent pictures from:
- HR/BiH crossing A10/A1
- BiH/HR crossing Trebimlja/Cepikuce
- HR/MNE crossing Vitaljina/Njivice
- MNE/AL crossing Božaj/Hani i Hotit
- AL/MK crossing Pogradec/Sv. Naum
- MK/SRB crossing E75
It's called Tabanovce/Preševo.

Serbian side:



Macedonian side:



Why do you ask?
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Old April 6th, 2014, 12:23 AM   #10059
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The one you posted is a large one, I see there are also some pictures on Panoramio.

For the other ones I didn't find much.
I ask because I want to know what to expect, since I'm planning to cross exactly those in my Balkan trip late May.
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Old April 6th, 2014, 12:25 AM   #10060
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Palance - both of those pictures are nowhere near the HR/MNE border stations. They're in the so-called "no man's land" - as the border stations are about 2km or more apart. I've got pictures somewhere of those signs, and it wasn't a problem to stop.

As an interesting aside, the main MK border crossing with Greece is horrible - does anyone know if it's from the Yugoslav-era? The one with Serbia is a lot better, even though it's still quite horrible.

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But goods should be free, to hell with VAT (and especially import duties) Is it reasonable to pay for the expense of such controls to take relatively small amounts of money? It doesn't provide useful service (like government revenue) to the public, it only hurts them for nothing.

It is kind of amusing though that the French are not at all like that on the other side with all the English coming and going
The French are like that. The controls at Dover are a joke, and they rarely bother travellers at St Pancras or Folkestone. You're more likely to be scrutinised by the British rather than the French when leaving the UK.

As for goods being free - bear in mind that the duty on a mobile phone (for instance) could easily be over 100 EUR. An expensive camera could easily come to 150EUR or more. Allowing a free for all when it comes to imports is just madness - especially as the Germans and Italians maintain their controls.

Not having controls also opens up the border for all sorts of abuse, such as reclaiming Swiss VAT and then not paying the French VAT.

Cinxxx - Vitaljina and Kobila are just little huts by the side of the road with a barrier to stop people driving past. Your documents will usually be taken into the hut to be checked.
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