I am an American citizen living in Germany with an Aufenthaltstitel (Residency Permit), which is pasted in my American passport. The permit was issued on January 13, 2017 and expired on April 15, 2017. I went today (April 19) to try to renew my permit, which takes two weeks time after filling out the necessary forms. The people at the city offices told me I am not allowed to travel outside of Germany until my residency permit is renewed and valid. I want to travel to Spain (Palma de Mallorca) on April 21 and back on April 23.

Why am I not allowed to travel outside of Germany (even within the EU and Schengen) with an expired Aufenthaltstitel? Why can I not travel simply as an American passport holder while it is expired and being renewed? What parties would have a problem with this kind of travel (i.e. the airline, customs and border control, etc.)?

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    travel.stackexchange.com/questions/35636/… maybe that answers your question?
    – Sayed A.
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 22:31
  • AFAIK they can offer a temporary proof that you are renewing the permit. You may search around for more details. Though of course today it seems that your planned journey has already passed...
    – xji
    Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 17:46

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If you applied to prolong your residence permit, and your old one will expire before the decision on the prolongation can be made, you have a right (§ 81 Abs. 5 AufenthG) to immediately obtain a "Fiktionsbescheinigung" (fictional certificate), which (very roughly speaking) will temporary make your old residence permit prolonged and valid until the fictional certificate expires.

Depending on your situation and the reasons/rights to prolong the residence permit you have, this fictional certificate can allow you to travel outside Germany (there are several different types of fictional certificates, one of them (§ 81 Abs. 4 AufenthG) lets you travel without any problems).

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