A question to the euro-sphere

Some of you, euro-travellers, may have experienced what could be described as an identity control when spending the night in a hotel in some European countries. I think in particular to Italy where the hotel staff ask for identification(documenti) upon arrival, and also to Finland, where the traveller fill out a form indicating his time of stay and country of origin.

This raise some questions:

  • Does this kind of control happen in other countries (I did not visit all of them — yet) ?
  • What is the purpose of it ?
  • How does this stand in respect to the freedom of circulation in the European Union ?

If you experienced such control or have some kind of answer, please contribute on the comments section of by twitter.

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7 Comments on “A question to the euro-sphere”

  1. Julien says:

    Really ? If they ask for an I.D. it’s just to know who you are as a consumer ; so if you decide to leave at 5 in the morning without paying anything, they can claim to someone …
    I might be wrong but …

  2. Andrew says:

    That’s a good question, I have to say I’d not really thought about it. But I did have to show my passport when staying overnight in Luxembourg City in December (I just thought it was to verify who I was with the name on the booking…)

  3. Greg says:

    The idea that this is just to verify identity or get your name in case you leave without paying is obvious. However, since it does not happen in all countries, there must be something more. I was never asked for my idea in French hotels, but I always had to write down my home address and other personal information in Finland…

  4. Joe says:

    You’re forgetting that there is such a thing as limits to jurisdiction under every form of law. If the requested information is legal to ask, or is required to be asked, and it is asked lawfully by the nation, region, or municiparlity, that they can without violating your rights.

    A hotel may be a public accomodation, but it is private property. While it is unlawful to discriminate against services offered by a public accomodation, there is no specific right to anonymity, unless the proprietor doesn’t care if you “dine ‘n dash”.

    There’s no injustice here.

  5. This is really an Good Question! Will it give an Answer to this?

  6. […] de circulation des citoyens dans l’Union ?” J’ai porté la question sur ce blog [1] et le consensus des réponses était que ce contrôle d’identié est juste une façon […]

  7. […] with the freedom of movement of citizens in Europe ?” I put the question up on this blog [1] and the general consensus was that it was just a way to avoid […]


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