Air Travel Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

questions about passport/security/etc. when flying through AMS

Jump to last reply

hi fodorites,

i'm trying to wrap my head around a bunch of stuff about AMS (schipol) and i'm feeling very confused/stupid about my upcoming trip.

DH and i are flying YYZ - AMS - BCN on KLM. our return flight is CDG - AMS - YYZ.

my questions are:

1. on my way FROM Toronto, where will I go through customs? in AMS or in BCN?

1a. will i go through customs between AMS - BCN and CDG - AMS? (i think the answer is no but i just want to double check).

2. when I get off the plane from YYZ in AMS, I will have just under three hours before my AMS - BCN leg. will I have enough time to peruse some of the shops in AMS and get a bite to eat?

3. i'm gathering (from another thread that I posted about shopping at AMS) that there are two 'areas' of the AMS airport ... one that is considered "within the terminal" (i.e. i wouldn't have to go through security to get onto my AMS - BCN flight) and one that is considered "outside of the terminal but still attached" (i.e. schipol plaza ... if i go here, i will need to come through security to get onto my AMS - BCN flight). is this understanding correct?

4. if i have to go through security at AMS to board my AMS - BCN flight, how much time should i allot?

5. is my CDG - AMS flight considered 'international'? i am very confused about this ... i have read varying arrival/check-in times for CDG ... some say 3 hours, some say 2 hours. my CDG flight leaves at 9:30 am on a friday ... i was planning to get to CDG by 6:30 am (overkill? maybe - but i'd rather sit and wait at the airport terminal knowing that i'm going to make my flight than be panicking somewhere along the way!). i called KLM and they advised a minimum of 2 hours.

sorry for all the complicated questions ... every time i've flown out of europe previously, i've always taken a direct flight. and this AMS stopover is throwing me for a loop.

thank you!!

7 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's Go List 2015 Has Been Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 19, 14 at 05:08 PM
View all Air Travel activity »
  1. 1 Health and Safety for time left sitting on the tarmac.
  2. 2 Using a "Fake" Location for Better Flight Prices???
  3. 3 Air canada checking correct VISA
  4. 4 Do we need a 3 hour layover at DFW if coming from overseas?
  5. 5 Anyone used webjet.com?
  6. 6 TAP Portuguese Air
  7. 7 Which One World Airline to Use: American, Cathay Pacific, JAL?
  8. 8 90 minute change at heathrow terminal 5
  9. 9 Unsealed pills ok for airlines?
  10. 10 Delta has changed my flight three times (so far)!
  11. 11 redeeming dividend miles
  12. 12 Keeping AA miles alive
  13. 13 Taxis at CDG......
  14. 14 why hasnt price of airfare dropped?
  15. 15 United/Lufthansa code share--can't reserve seats until departure??????
  16. 16 Trip Report KLM stinks
  17. 17 Driver's License Expired and TSA
  18. 18 The beggining of the end of Airbus A380?
  19. 19 Trip Report Gimpy Geezer and Wife Fly Air France A380 Premium Economy from DC to Europe
  20. 20 Please help: Singapore to Tahiti to Hawaii to Singapore
  21. 21 Name on passport differs from air ticket
  22. 22 Korean Air Executive Resigns Post After Halting Flight Over Snack Service
  23. 23 To select a seat or not>
  24. 24 Using half of a RT ticket
  25. 25 United Flight- Houston/Tokyo
View next 25 » Back to the top