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Old January 7th, 2009, 03:36 PM   #1261
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Well, most outer borders of the Schengen area are considered to be with the more, er how do I describe it without offending people, criminal/dangerous etc countries, while Canada is not quite such a country in my opinion.
Chris, I must tell you that this is not quite true for the Blakan borders. While the eastern boarder of the EU has strict controls and long waiting times, most of the Western Balkan borders are not "heavily controlled" and they surely aren't collecting fingerprints (even if you don't have a biometric passport). In most cases they just check your passport and the documents of the car by computer and let you go... even Slovenians (typical waiting time, depending on the traffic - 10-20 min.).
A bigger issue is the Bulgarian-Turkish border - there the tighter controls are on the Turkish side. The main problem is that you have to pass trough many counters (4 or 5) and at the end there is another control post, where you have to show all the stamps the customs and police officers put in your passport (usually a half page of stamps for a person driving car).
Bulgarian borders have one bigger problem these days - they introduced the so called 'electronic chip control system' on every border, where you enter (but not leave) Bulgaria from a non-EU country. You pick up an USB-flash memory card when you enter the border checkpoint giv it to every next ofiicer or employee and you give it away at a bank office at the end of the checkpoint, where you pay all taxes (road charges etc.) you have to.

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Old January 7th, 2009, 04:08 PM   #1262
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Neither are Liechtenstein and the Scandinavian non-Schengen-countries

Which Scandinavian country is not a member of Schengen?
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Old January 7th, 2009, 04:12 PM   #1263
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From this link: http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclop...chengen-treaty

You can read the exceptions:

The following territories of the membership countries are not covered by the treaty:

Heligoland of Germany
Svalbard of Norway (But Jan Mayen Island is covered by the treaty.)
Greenland and the Faroe Islands of Denmark, although formally excluded from the Schengen area, are integrated with it. (It was laid down in the association agreement with Denmark that persons travelling between the Faroe Islands and Greenland on the one hand, and the Schengen Member States on the other hand, are not subject of a border check. The traditional Free Movement of Persons acquis of the European Community is not applicable to Greenland and to the Faroe Islands.)
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Old January 7th, 2009, 10:36 PM   #1264
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God damn it, all I read about in this thread is how another Eastern-European border crossing got recently dismantled while the border between the USA and Canada is getting more and more strict. It's very sad After 18 January, the US border regulations will require all permanent residents to submit their biometrics data upon entering the country. This means that I will have to get out of the car and come inside the station when I return from Canada I kind of imagined that the future will be less strict in all aspects, not more strict.
AFAIK it was possible for US citizens to visit Canada with just a birth certificate until now, but does everyone need a passport now?
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Old January 8th, 2009, 07:57 AM   #1265
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AFAIK it was possible for US citizens to visit Canada with just a birth certificate until now, but does everyone need a passport now?
Unfortunately, it will be passports only for now, although the powers-that-be are working on what could be thought of as 'passport-light' secure border ID cards for frequent crossers/commuters.

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Old January 8th, 2009, 07:29 PM   #1266
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AFAIK it was possible for US citizens to visit Canada with just a birth certificate until now, but does everyone need a passport now?
Starting 1 June 2009, the travellers who cross the border by land or sea would have to present a passport or other approved document such as an enhanced driving licence, NEXUS card, etc. Currently, it is still possible to cross with a valid identification and a birth certificate.

As a matter of fact, the entry into Canada experience really depends on the border guard who deals with you. My wife and I drove to Canada 4 times, and every time the procedure was different. Last time, the lady only checked my passport with the temporary stamp that replaces the lost green card, but she did not even ask for my wife's and my parents' passports and green cards! She let them in without knowing who they were, from what country and whether they really had green cards. How cool is that? The US border guards are much more consistent in this respect.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 09:05 PM   #1267
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It really depends on the border guards indeed. On my way in the US on Boston Logan Airport the first custom officer was in a very bad mood and it gets quite tense when you have to answer his questions (difficult questions, as usual). After I got my luggage, I went on my way to customs, but I was picked out for a second check. This guy asked exactly the same questions, but he was in a good mood. That makes it much more relaxed. Still this guy let the drugs dog check me when he saw I was Dutch
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Old January 8th, 2009, 10:27 PM   #1268
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Everyone knows Amsterdam is the ganja capital of the world

Now you know who it feels to be an Arab.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 04:43 PM   #1269
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Old January 9th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #1270
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A bit unusual.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 05:48 PM   #1271
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Hehe, move you ass and take some shots from Slovenian border
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Old January 9th, 2009, 06:12 PM   #1272
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Why, when we have enough from Poland? I mean it's a bit unusual with these cobbles, and that sign would be amazing for Radi.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 07:35 PM   #1273
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Ah, the cobbles - it was cheaper than concrete but in many cases turned out to be complete rubbish. Here it will be removed ofcourse.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 07:43 PM   #1274
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It seems like some dismantling is going on there
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Old January 9th, 2009, 07:50 PM   #1275
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Yeah, but I just found out the cobble stones are staying
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Old January 9th, 2009, 07:52 PM   #1276
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Why that? No money for normal pavement because of the crisis?
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Old January 9th, 2009, 08:53 PM   #1277
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No, probably cause it is 'too good to be changed now' or sth like this.
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Old January 10th, 2009, 12:29 PM   #1278
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I'm curious to see some photos of Kosovo's checkpoints...
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Old January 10th, 2009, 12:56 PM   #1279
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What's the problem with the cobblestone? It seems ok to me.
Besides, what's the traffic volume on this stretch?
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Old January 10th, 2009, 01:01 PM   #1280
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IMO cobble stones are so 1930ish, and it's better to have a continuous stretch of asphalt
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