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Temporary Resident of USA transiting through Frankfurt

Old May 5, 21, 11:14 am
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Temporary Resident of USA transiting through Frankfurt

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Hello All,


I can't believe I made this mistake but I was wondering what folks here think should be the path forward. Basically, we wanted to go visit Cairo, Egypt and Istanbul, Turkey for a week and booked following two flights:

- Boston, USA to Cairo, Egypt (through Lufthansa BOS-FRA-CAI) on May 28, 2021
- ASR to Boston, USA (turkish airlines with stopover in Istanbul) on June 06, 2021

I am on a TN visa (temporary resident) in USA and just realized that there is a Europe ban which disallows temporary residents to come back to USA if they have been in Schengen region in last 14 days (hence my transit stopover in Frankfurt on May 28 will cause an issue on my flight coming back).

At this point, if I try to select refund on Lufthansa, its giving me a whopping $40 refund as I booked a very restricted option (yes, I feel very dumb right now). I was hoping that the 14 day restriction is removed by June but it doesn't seem likely. There are no other flights to Cairo on Lufthansa that don't have a stop in schengen region so there is no point asking to change the flight.

I am thinking of calling and asking if I can get a travel credit but not even sure if I will get that as I booked an Economy (T) fare? Anyone encountered this or has any suggestions for me before I make the call? Thank you!!
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Old May 5, 21, 11:21 am
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Do you have a stopover (entering Schengen space) or just a connection between non-Schengen places in FRA?
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Old May 5, 21, 11:40 am
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Hi, just connection between Cairo and Boston (non-Schengen) in Frankfurt (Schengen)
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Old May 5, 21, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by azepine00 View Post
Do you have a stopover (entering Schengen space) or just a connection between non-Schengen places in FRA?
Hi, just connection between Cairo and Boston (non-Schengen) in Frankfurt (Schengen)
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Old May 5, 21, 1:16 pm
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Unfortunately as you have stepped in Frankfurt, that would count and you would be denied boarding at Kayseri or at Istanbul unless your visa type is exempted by the Presidential Proclamation.
As TK is waiving change fees, change your flight date with no fee for IST-BOS on some date later than 12 June 2021 to avoid problems.
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Old May 5, 21, 1:21 pm
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