Customs If Not Leaving Vienna Airport

Old Jun 18th, 2016, 05:12 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 3
Customs If Not Leaving Vienna Airport

It's been awhile since I've been in Europe. As a US citizen, if I'm flying from Zurich to Mykonos via Vienna (with just over an hour layover), I don't have to go through customs in Vienna, correct? I will have already gone through in Switzerland. However, I think Austria is one of the countries that changed their border entry regulations in March 2016. Thank you!
jjpacific is offline  
Old Jun 18th, 2016, 06:09 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 8,179
You will not go through regular passport control - not in Zurich, Vienna or Mykonos - as you will not leave the Schengen area.
Random spot controls can happen, though, but are rare.

Technically, you will go through Customs in Mykonos - but it should be a simple walk through the green exit (if you have nothing to declare).
Cowboy1968 is online now  
Old Jun 18th, 2016, 07:52 PM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 3
Great! Thank you for your expertise!
jjpacific is offline  
Old Jun 18th, 2016, 08:03 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,419
If you are flying from the U.S. to Europe, and Zurich is your first port of entry, you will go through immigration and customs there. Your flights to Vienna and to Mykonos are within the Schengen zone, which is similar to domestic flights within the U.S.; no immigration or customs at those stops.
tripplanner001 is offline  
Old Jun 18th, 2016, 10:50 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 22,146
If your luggage is checked through, you will not see it again until Mykonos.
kerouac is online now  
Old Jun 19th, 2016, 05:36 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 7,157

If you are flying from the U.S. to Europe, and Zurich is your first port of entry, you will go through immigration and customs there.


No, in this case, you would go through immigration in Zurich and customs in Mykonos, after collecting your luggage.
bvlenci is offline  
Old Jun 19th, 2016, 11:18 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 8,179
Thanks for adding the case that OP might be coming from the US (though it would be an odd itinerary to change twice in Europe to get to Mykonos).

Anyhow, Customs (for goods) is not affected by the Schengen Agreement (for people).
So you have no passport control in Vienna and Mykonos.
But if you wanted to bring Customs-regulated goods (spirits, tobacco, expensive gifts) from Zurich to Mykonos you would be restricted to smaller allowances if you bought them in Zurich than in Vienna during the stopover.

I know this is super academic and hair-splitting but some people leaving Switzerland for an EU member state think that everything is like on an intra-EU/Schengen flight because they don't go through passport control.
Cowboy1968 is online now  
Old Jun 19th, 2016, 02:19 PM
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 3
Thanks for all the responses - I appreciate it. And academic is important as that is what the officials in each country are going to go off of. Actually originally flying San Francisco to Heathrow to Zurich, spending a week in Switzerland, then over to Greece. No spirits, tobacco or expensive gifts (although I would like to get some donated medical equipment and expired medication to an animal shelter in Greece from San Francisco). Was looking at a flight from Zurich to Mykonos that had a change of planes in Vienna - it was several hundred $s less expensive on the day I wanted to fly but I may bite the bullet and fly via Athens on another day. Thanks again!
jjpacific is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Geneo12
Air Travel
5
Oct 8th, 2019 08:24 AM
allison_juliann
Europe
10
Jun 6th, 2017 06:38 PM
michellevandyke
Europe
12
Apr 10th, 2011 06:04 AM
kiwi_rob
Air Travel
4
Jun 6th, 2010 04:39 PM
benskoln
Europe
12
Dec 11th, 2005 08:40 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO