I arrived in Paris at the train station in Gare du Nord, right in the middle of the city.
I get off the EuroStar train from London’s St. Pancras and I start walking toward the middle of the train station. I can see the street traffic and pedestrians of Paris go by…
Something is missing here.
There is no Immigration/Border Agency to stamp my passport!
Because the United Kingdon and France are part of the European Union (EU), when you travel from one EU country to another, there is no immigration waiting for you when get off the train. They share the same currency now with the euro. They are still separate countries still but have alot more connections and sharing relationships. Almost like the members of the EU are one big country onto themselves.
No one questioning what you are doing there when you arrive from an EU member country. More important, no one to stamp you as officially allowed to enter a country and send you on your way.
I would assume the same thing happens when you fly between EU countries and that was confirmed by someone I talked to today.
I take great joy in racking up the countries in my little blue passport. I feel kinda robbed…