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Going through customs in Amsterdam

We arrive in Amsterday, from USA at 7:50am on Delta Flight 126 and our connecting flight to Venice leaves at 9:10am.  Will that be enough time to get through customs?

Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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answered first by
Mary from Leicester

I assume you have booked a through ticket? If so, your bags will be checked through from the United Statesto Venice and you will not need to collect and re-check them at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

If you have booked a through ticket you can be assured that airlines do not sell flights with impossible connections. Your Schiphol>Venice flight is covered by EU air passenger rights and no airline wishes to pay out extra money!

Schiphol is a large but very efficient airport and 2h 20m is plenty of time to transfer from a non-Schengen to a Schengen flight. If you have no inbound delays you'll even have time to get some breakfast (I can highly recommend the uitsmijter from the 'Dutch Kitchen'!).

The official Schiphol website has info about making connections:

You may or may not have to collect your onward boarding pass at the airside Schiphol transfer desks. As you are entering the Schengen Area you will, at some point, go through border/passport control (not 'customs') as well as full security scanning of yourself and your cabin bags.

If you have booked two separate tickets then the situation is entirely different. You will need to go through border control, collect your bags from baggage reclaim and go through Customs. Then you'll be 'landside' and can go to your onward check-in desk. 2h 20m is pretty tight but just about ok for this process, as long as your inbound flight is on time, but you should move as quickly as possible. Most (though not all) within-Schengen flights close their check-in desks 30 minutes before departure.

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Thank you so much for this information. We were worried that we'd have to pick up or bags and go through customs in Amsterdam but instead we'll do the customs in Venice. thanks again

Amsterdam and Venice are in the same time zone. The time between your flights is 1 hr 20 min. There's chance your bag won't make the connection, especially if your arriving flight is late. In international travel allowing two hours between flights is a good rule.

You're welcome. I'm sure it will be fine as long as you don't have a massive inbound delay. By the way, 1h 20m is ample time for bags to be transferred from one flight to another...and, as I said, Schiphol is very efficient...and with 2h 20m there should be no problems. :-)

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