unpaid traffic ticket

Hello all travelers. First time here.
My question is, would I be denied entry by the customs at Oslo airport because I have an unpaid traffic ticket in Italy?
I am sorry if it sounds ridiculous, but any advice is greatly appreciated.
Have a nice day!

Posted by Paul
Cedar, IA, USA
2578 posts

It is just too difficult to tell. Yes Norway is part of the Schengen Agreement and may share records with Italy, but assumes that Italy actually entered a record, that the system will also bring up that record at immigration, and that the offense is even one anybody will worry about. Norway however is not part of the EU, so there may be no common enforcement. Just a lot of "ifs". You might try asking the Norwegian Embassy.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
12216 posts

I agree with Paul. Basically who knows for sure? In this present age of huge data bases and computers I suppose anything is possible. If it was my decision, I would not worry about. Even going into Italy would be remote at immigrations but don't get a traffic stop.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
4872 posts

You won't be denied entry. Not even in Italy.
The cities don't communicate that info to the immigration authorities.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
10854 posts

Then again you could pay the ticket.

Disadvantages - you have to pay the money, and go through the bureaucracy.

Advantages - you will do the right thing, you can stop worrying (is it really worth it?), you won't - for sure - be turned back (surely much more expensive to throw away expensive plane fare), you will feel much better

Your choice...

Posted by steveshih
15 posts

Thank you all for your input. Nigel, i was told by my car rental company that I had gotten a ticket last august, by to this day, I have yet to receive any notice in the mail. Otherwise, I would pay.
Thank you all again.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
10854 posts

In those circumstances, you will have been charged an admin fee by the rental firm, they will have passed your details back to the police. They will take up to a year to send the actual demand for payment to you. They will probably use an outsourcing company and the bill will come in a plain envelope.

Then it is up to you to use the methods on the document to pay. There may well be a link to a photo of you driving the car.

I certainly wouldn't let that stop me going to Oslo.

Posted by Douglas
Oak Park, Illinois
3035 posts

You may or may not get the ticket. Italy is notorious for being very slow to send the actual tickets. And it can take up to a year. As long as you haven't gotten it yet, it means you are not delinquent.

We've also gotten reports here that some Italian authorities have started using a bill collector for those that do not pay it. So your biggest worry in not paying is getting hassled by a collection agency.

Posted by Keith
United Kingdom
819 posts

"would I be denied entry by the customs at Oslo airport because I have an unpaid traffic ticket in Italy?"

No

Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
6455 posts

Pay the ticket if it ever makes its way to you. Meanwhile, travel with confidence.