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5th February 2020
Employment & Immigration Internal Market

CJEU clarifies moment in time in which ‘exit’ of seamen takes place when leaving the Schengen area by sea

In today’s judgment in the case of Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid v. J. and Others (C-341/18), the Court of Justice ruled on the interpretation of the term 'exit' in Article 11(1) of the Schengen Borders Code (Regulation 2016/399), when applied to seamen signing on with ships in long-term mooring in the port of Rotterdam.

The Dutch Raad van State raised questions about the moment in which the exit stamp must be placed, particularly in a context of long-term mooring, a practice in which a ship remains at berth or anchored in a port for a period of up to several months, with seamen who have signed on to stay in that port for the period they will work on board.

In today’s judgment, the Court of Justice ruled tha

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