When cruising within Greece
with Aussie family
members, not once when visiting the port police with a crew list have they ever asked to see the passports of the Australians or my id. Maybe because my boat is Swedish they don't care to check?
I can only ever remember been asked to show my passport within the Schengen area just a couple of times in 14 years for reasons other than showing that I was the person named on the plane ticket.
Once was in Denmark
were they were looking for Danish residents with foreign plated vehicles (Massive tax on cards and bikes). At the time I was still on my Aussie passport and had to explain I lived in Sweden
. I don't remember if they checked for my visa.
On a couple of occasions when flying into Germany
, several police were checking id's of people leaving the plane. They were probably looking for illegals and whilst I doubt they were looking for Schengen visa overstayers, maybe they would pick you up.
It's a good thing that they are looking at a longer visa. I just hope they implement it in a way that will work well for financially independant people who want to stay much longer than 3 months