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Flights to/from Bremgarten airfield (EDTG) or to/from non-Schengen states require written approval from the German Border Police. Tel.: +49 (0)7031/21 28-0 Email: bpold.stuttgart.sb14@polizei.bund.de

1. Crossing internal Schengen borders

The German border police does not carry out identity checks for air, land or sea border crossings within states where the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement is completely in force. These states are currently Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The internal borders within this community may be crossed at any time without identity checks. For this reason, internal flights do not require any special authorisation.

According to regulation (EC) No. 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15th March 2006 establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) and German immigration and identity requirements, any persons crossing the borders are still, however, required to possess and have on their person the necessary identity/travel documents. In addition, measures may be carried out (including spot checks) by the authorities of the country in question.

Border controls could also be reintroduced at short notice, in which case the border control regulations in the Schengen Border Code would apply.

2. Crossing external Schengen borders

In accordance with the Schengen Borders Code, external Schengen borders may only be crossed at permitted points of entry and during specified hours as a matter of principle. Bremgarten special airfield is not permitted as a point of entry. Direct inbound and outbound flights to or from a non-Schengen state are therefore prohibited as a matter of principle.

In cases where a special requirement has been stated, and provided that it does not conflict with public interest, the German police force in Stuttgart may allow persons or groups of persons (e.g. for the Bremgarten special airfield) to cross the border at an unofficial point of entry, outside of the specified hours and/or using a non-approved mode of transport according to section 61 para. 3 of the German Federal Police Act. This border permit may be issued as a long-term permit until withdrawn or a single-use permit. Border permits do not affect external and air trafficking permits or customs requirements (clearance for landing in a non-customs airport).

Border permits may only be applied for in writing either by fax or electronically (email) and must be received by the German police force in Stuttgart at least 24 hours before the scheduled flight. The German police force in Stuttgart will provide an application form at the applicant’s request. The application must contain extensive information (personal data, flight information, reasons), as well as a copy of all of the travellers’ border crossing papers.

Further information can be obtained from the German police force in Stuttgart by emailing bpold.stuttgart@polizei.bund.de, ringing tel. No. +49 (0)7031/21 28-0 or via department 14 of the German police force in Stuttgart, email address: bpold.stuttgart.sb14@polizei.bund.de.