I am worried of any possible problems I may encounter upon leaving the country after overstaying.
To start off, I'm not really sure what a Schengen visa is, and I am ashamed to admit it. All I know is that I had a regular passport that I used to go to Spain.
Anyway, I know the limit to stay in Spain is 90 days...well, I've been here for around 7 months now, and I just recently bought a ticket to go back to the states. I've been living with my girlfriend and her parents. I plan to leave early April, and my flights are as follows: Barcelona to Dublin, Dublin to Boston, then Boston to home. Here's the thing...I lost my passport about a month ago...it wasn't stolen to my knowledge, so I did not file a police report...I just misplaced it and can't find it anywhere. I went to the US embassy and they're going to send me a new passport soon. I'm assuming the passport will be clean, having no record of my entry date. However, I have read that this may seem suspicious if they actually look at the the stamp pages. My questions are: Where all are they going to look at my passport...? Once I get out of Barcelona, will I have to worry about them doing anything to me in Ireland, given that they are not a Schengen country? What level of risk am I taking by leaving with a brand new passport, having overstayed for about 8 months? What is the best-case scenario and the what is the worst case scenario?
Thanks so much in advance guys!
spain might be ok with not obliging by the rules... i stayed with a canadian girl that did what you did and didnt have a problem leaving however, she did not go to dublin. Also, they scan your passport, so the stamp is basically the old way to track you. Worst case, i think you can be fined 1200e and not permitted back into europe for i believe 3 years (i think thats accurate). Best case, you go home an no one says anything or they shake their head and say go home.
schengen is the agreement/ union that says you can travel throughout certain european countries without needing your passport... UK and swiss are not included for example but most are.
If the airport in Dublin has a transit zone, than you don't have to make Irish visa, you'll just have to stay in this zone. But if you need to leave this zone to change the flight, you'll need visa, if Americans need visas for Ireland at all (not sure here).
If I've done that in the USA, I would go to the black list with no chance to get visa again in 3-5 years, so I guess that's the worst scenario.
Switzerland is in Schengen zone already, I've been there with Czech schengen visa last summer.