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Hello,

I hope to be traveling from Italy to Germany in June, returning to Italy. I am in the process of renewing my Italian permission to stay document. I will carry with me what the Italian government considers valid paperwork, but I am wondering if anyone has any direct knowledge of under what circumstances foreign visitors can be asked to produce documents, and whether German officials readily accept official Italian renewal forms. I am an American passport holder, and have been living legally in Italy for many years. Hope my question is clear!

Thanks in advance!
 

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Be sure to take your US passport with you in any event. Unless you'll be staying in Germany for more than 90 days, they'll pretty much always accept a US passport, whether or not you have your Italian residence permit or just a "receipt" for the renewal in process.

It's actually not all that common for the Germans to ask for documents for a foreigner. The most frequent are things like if you get stopped for a traffic offense, have an accident or get caught doing something you shouldn't (like riding on the public transport system without a properly validated ticket). When I lived there, the only time I needed i.d. was when paying by Eurocheck - and those, I hear tell, are history.
Cheers,
Bev
 
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