A young woman from Venezuela was smuggled in a cargo airplane to Iceland last year by her former boyfriend, who is a captain for an Icelandic airline. The woman has now sued him for assault and for smuggling her to the country.
“I know the rules and I know that Venezuelan citizens can travel to the Schengen countries without a visa and can stay there legally for three months as tourists,” the woman, who was not named, told Morgunbladid.
“When we arrived in Keflavík I told him that I wanted to go through passport control to be legally registered in the country. He told me it wasn’t necessary and I trusted him to know the laws in this country better than I did,” she continued.
After arriving with a cargo airplane from New York, the woman followed her boyfriend through the staff entrance of Keflavík airport instead of going through passport control.
According to law, if a passenger from outside the Schengen area arrives in Iceland with a cargo airplane it is the captain’s responsibility to take him or her through passport control.
The woman has applied for a residence permit at the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration, where her case is currently being examined. According to Morgunbladid, Icelandic authorities have never handled a case like this before.