EUsmileWEallsmile wrote:@guido, this thread may interest you.
Many thanks for pointing this out to me EUsmileWEallsmile.
I might as well share a story..
I have traveled with my wife three times to Amsterdam (air travel) when she still had her "Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National" (EEA2 route). The first two times we did not have any issues, but on the third time..
When we approached the immigration officer in Amsterdam the first thought that crossed my mind was "Cr*p, you forgot to take your marriage certificate". "Ah well", I thought,"It went alright the previous two times!" When the immigration officer looked at my wife's Residence Card he seemed unsure what it exactly was. I tried my best to explain to him on what grounds my wife was permitted to enter The Netherlands. He seemed to recall something similar as he was completing some of my sentences. He turned to his colleague, holding up my wife's passport, to seek a last reassurance it seemed and asked, in a confirmation seeking way, "she is alright to enter right?" His colleague turned, had a glance at her Residence Card and replied "Nah, that is for the UK only".. my heart sank..
Luckily the immigration officer was not convinced by his colleague's reply and very kindly asked us to follow him in order for him to make a phone call to his supervisor. When he got off the phone the first thing he asked was "do you have a marriage certificate on you?" .. Arghh.. "No" I replied "I usually do, but this time I forgot". He asked what the purpose of our visit was and I explained to him that a relative had passed away and we were here to attend his funeral. He rang his supervisor again and came back after five minutes and said "thats fine". RELIEVE!
He wished us luck and give his condolences and we were on our way.
The immigration officer was very polite throughout and very helpful. It also seemed to help that my wife already had a old Schengen Visa in her passport, some previous entry/exits stamps and a old stamp she received from a local Dutch police station, which we had to get the first time she entered The Netherlands a while ago (I cannot remember what the exact reason for that was, I think it said in a accompanying letter after the first time she got a Schengen Visa).