Transit visa for Switzerland through Zurich
I did find other postings, dealing with this area, which are 6 months old. However I need to get the latest experiences or information.
I have an I-551 stamp of permenant residency on my passport. I am travelling through Zurich this month. The stop-over is for just 4 hrs and I am not going to go out of the airport.
I called the Swiss consulate in SF and the lady said that I do not transit visa based on my country issuing passport. I then called the consulate in Houston and the lady there said that I would have get the transit visa since Swiss authorities and air crew will not recognize I-551 passport stamp of a proof of permenant residency. She said that the Delta agents or Swiss customs can also prevent me from continuing my journey. I stated that I was on US H1B visa (again the stamp expired 2 yrs ago based on my first 3 yr period and have the 2nd 3 yr period I-129 and I-94 work papers). She replied that Swiss authorities will not consider me as H1B since I have moved on to permenant residency. However only card will be considered as a proof even though, personally, she acknowledged that she considered the stamp as a valid proof.
Just to get more clarification, I went to the Delta counter at the airport and the lady at the counter looked at the stamp and said that I am a permenant resident and she made a note of it on my reservation.
So I am 95% sure that I do not need any transit visa. However the answers given by the lady at Swiss consulate in Houston still leaves me doubtful.
1. Is there anybody who has travelled thru Zurich or Switzerland without transit visa?
2. In Zurich airport would I have to go through any customs wherein I would have to show the passport?
3. Is Delta the only set of people who would do the actual verification of visas?
4. Does the transit area in Zurich aiport have shops and facilities for shopping, dining, personal care?
Appreciate your responses.
Used foll. links for info:
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