Customs Immigration in Frankfurt

Old Jan 24th, 2023, 11:44 AM
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Customs Immigration in Frankfurt

We are flying to Trieste, IT in May for a cruise. Our airline tickets were purchased separately. We fly on United from ORD to Frankfurt. Then 3 hours later on a Lufthansa flight to Trieste. Flights were booked separately. Iím assuming we will have to go through customs and immigration. Would it be better to carry on our luggage or check it? Is our layover long enough to get through customs and immigration and get to our Lufthansa flight?
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Old Jan 24th, 2023, 12:22 PM
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Carry on is best. Since you are not flying on the same ticket, your luggage will NOT be checked through. This means that if you check your luggage on your original flight, you will have to retrieve it from baggage claim (after passport control) and then re-enter through security.

Frankfurt is arguably one of busiest (and one of the largest) airports in Europe and you will not have the time to do this, even though it seems as if 3 hours would be enough time, it just would not be. And if your flight is delayed at all, making this potentially impossible.

You should however have enough time to go through passport control for your next flight if you have carry on luggage and provided that you can obtain your boarding pass beforehand as well.

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Old Jan 24th, 2023, 01:47 PM
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Tell the United agent at your departure airport about your connecting flight on Lufthansa. UA and Lufthansa are Star Alliance partners, so you may be able to get your bags checked through to Trieste.

If that's the case you won't pass through customs until your final destination.
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Old Jan 25th, 2023, 03:14 PM
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Thanks for the information. It’s very helpful. We’ll probably do carry on luggage to avoid waiting for it. I had an email today saying the flight would be on Air Dolomiti instead of Lufthansa.
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Old Jan 25th, 2023, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by BevK
Thanks for the information. Itís very helpful. Weíll probably do carry on luggage to avoid waiting for it. I had an email today saying the flight would be on Air Dolomiti instead of Lufthansa.
AirDolmiti is a subsidiary of Lufthansa - same Star Alliance.

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Old Jan 25th, 2023, 07:28 PM
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Carryon is always better

especially when making a connection. That said, whatever the operating carrier of your connecting flight, if you purchased it with a Lufthansa ticket number United will indeed check your bag through to its final destination as they do have an interline agreement.
FRA is huge, can get clogged at times but three hours should be more than sufficient.
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