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Connecting at CDG from St. Petersburg, Russia


Sep 30th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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Connecting at CDG from St. Petersburg, Russia

I am thrilled we got 2 business class award tickets for an August 2012 trip to Russia. Mom and I will be going on a Russian river cruise, from Moscow to St. Petersburg, we are beyond excited to be going on this trip.

I redeemed my Delta Skymiles for these multi-city tickets arriving into Moscow and departing out of St. Petersburg. The outboung flights are on Delta from Savannah, GA via ATL to Moscow.

The return flights are where my question lies. The return tickets are on Air France and Delta. We depart St. Petersburg on Air France and connect to an Air France flight at CDG going to ATL. I assume when we arrive at CDG from St. Petersburg we will go through passport control & a security check, but will we also need to retrieve our bags and go through customs and then recheck our bags? I'm thinking if we check our bags through to our final destination (Savannah) and since we are not staying in Paris, we would not have to go through customs, that will happen once we land in ATL before getting the Delta flight to Savannah. But since Russia is not within the EU, I started to wonder about this transit connection.

I raise this question because the layover between when the flight from St. Petersburg arrives and the flight to ATL departs is 1 hour and 45 minutes, which I know may be a tight connection, but if we only need to go through passport control & security I think it's possible if the arriving flight is on time.

Thanks for any light you can shed on this.
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Sep 30th, 2011, 03:28 PM
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You won't have to go through security, passport or customs control in Paris for the return trip (I've done this several times), as you are transiting from one non-EU country to another non-EU country. 1h45m is not ridiculous, but can be tight. Your luggage should be checked through LED-CDG-ATL, and you retrieve your luggage in ATL for customs inspection (as well as passport control).
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Sep 30th, 2011, 05:09 PM
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Agree - in Paris you stay airside - and never enter France - no Immigration, no customs and no luggage (just make sure it is properly marked when you check in at St Pet. For a flight to the US I believe that you will go through another security screening - but may be for your flight only. You should be OK if your flight from St Pet arrives on time and you walk briskly. Being at the front of the plane can help as well - on the jumbos that can save you 15 minutes at least.
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Sep 30th, 2011, 07:55 PM
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Thanks MDM and nytraveler. Just the information I was looking for!
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