So i wanted to spend my easter vacation in Barcelona but I ended up getting arrested by the German Police after arriving in Frankfurt on my way to Barcelona. I was charged with trying to illegally enter Germany!

The thing is that on my Schengen it says "Schengen States (-DE, EE, PT). I knew I cannot enter Germany, and was not intending to. All the papers i have orive that I was heading to Barcelona: flights, hotel booking, Areobus tickets... they told me in their report they'll mentione that it was not on purpose, and kept the documents as evidence.

I've traveled before ti europe, several times, and to USA. I've had several connecting flights and never went to Passport Control, but it seems in Frankfurt you will pass through passport control in all cases.

Note that the German Police said they have no idea why it says "-DE", they said there's nothing on their systems concerning me and they blamed Spanish Embassy since they should have saw that my flights are via Frankfurt. When I applied for the visa theh got my tickets and saw the itinerary. Also Luthansa should have not let me board the plane in Beirut.

The German police were great and very respectful. Also they told me I can still use my visa to go to Spain but not through Germany. When i finally got my passport, which is when I landed in Beirut, the passport was stamped but with the letter "C" near it. Not sure how this will affect my future EU travels. It's my dream to go all over europe, and I've been to Greece, Italy and France so far.

Also should I contact the Spanish embassy and Lufthansa and ask for compensation? I will for sure contact the Spanish embassy and the EU offices to see why the "-DE" was present there, even though the German police said I was all clear and they had no idea why it's there.

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    Fyi, your passport number is still readable in the hole-punch-pattern on the right. You might want to blank that out too.
    – Aganju
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 11:24

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As counter-intuitive as it might seem to you, the German police's decision to deny entry makes sense. You were actually entering Germany, that's why you had to cross passport control in Frankfurt. Because of the way the Schengen area is organised, there is no sharp distinction between entering Germany and transiting to another Schengen country, tickets to Barcelona notwithstanding (transiting on a way to a non-Schengen destination like London is a completely different thing).

After you go through passport control at the first Schengen port of entry, there are no systematic border checks anymore. For example, in the last couple of weeks I went from the Netherlands to Portugal and from Belgium to Switzerland without showing my passport or ID to anyone (not even the airlines).

Because all this is legally sound, you are extremely unlikely to receive compensation from anyone. You could contact the Spanish embassy to enquire about this “-DE” but even getting an explanation might be difficult.

What you found in your passport is a cancelled entry stamp, which is standard procedure when refusing entry. “C” corresponds to the reason for refusing entry, namely “No valid visa or residence permit” (as your visa does not cover Germany).

Regarding future travels to Europe, it seems that your visa is still valid. It is entirely possible for the police to deny entry without cancelling a visa. But they can also cancel visas if they have a reason to. The fact they didn't should therefore play in your favour when travelling to Europe again as this imply they saw no reason to believe you are not meeting the requirements for your visa, let alone that you obtained it fraudulently or present a danger to the Schengen area.

Border guards will however see you were refused entry and will presumably enquire about it or examine your situation more carefully than you might have been used to before these events.

  • Yeah I've been told you can use your visa again, just don't fly through those 3 countries. But my point js thag the Spanish Embassy should have told me not to fly through Germany, since they added the "-DE"!
    – Loai
    Commented Apr 16, 2017 at 12:34
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    @Loai I can see where you are coming from but as far as they are concerned, it's clearly marked on your visa and you won't be able to get any money from them based on that.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Apr 16, 2017 at 13:48

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