Hi dear forum members,
I have a confusing travel question about Schengen area. I am a Turkish citizen, trying to travel from Turkey to the US, connecting through Europe (specifically Italy). My flight from Turkey to Italy is going to be a paid confirmed ticket. However, the Italy-US leg of the flight is going to be on American Airlines as a non-rev standby with an unconfirmed open ticket. Since the outbound flight from Italy is not confirmed, for the airline operating Turkey-Italy flight to accept me on the plane, I had to apply and get an Italian visa. However I ended up getting a 10 day stay single entry Schengen visa. Under this circumstances, getting into Italy is not going to be a problem (with a paid outbound refundable dummy ticket), but the procedures I have to go through as I am leaving Italy kinda makes me worry. I will have to check my bag and pass the security to go to the departures and wait until 40-60 mins prior to the flight to figure out if there is going to be an available seat left on the the plane for me to get on. Although I am not going to try to get on a plane where there isn’t a high chance I am getting on, I may end up not getting on the plane. Once I am in the departure area, am I considered gone out of the Schengen zone? Will I be let back to Italy with a single entry visa to collect my bag and wait for another for the next flight? Why would Italy consulate issue me a single entry visa even though I explained the situation explicitly? I tried to contact the consulate and they didn’t really understand what I was asking and was not being helpful, kept saying I have a single entry visa and act accordingly. Is there an office I can contact in Italy as an ultimate source of information?
Thanks in advance.