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Old Jan 18th, 2005, 08:03 AM
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Flying from Munich to FCO - will we go through customs?

My husband and I are flying from the US to Munich on February 3. Then on the February 9 we're flying from Munch to Rome. Will we have to go through customs when we reach FCO? I'm trying to arrange a driver and wanted to be able to tell the company whether or not we will be going through customs (so they can better estimate when to pick us up). Thanks!

Speaking of flying - how early should we get to the Munich airport for our flight to Rome (we won't be checking bags). And how early do we need to get to FCO for our return flight to the US?
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Old Jan 18th, 2005, 08:24 AM
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I have not had to go through customs but once as long as I stay in the EU. I assume you will not have to go through customs in Italy.
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Old Jan 18th, 2005, 08:36 AM
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THerer is ordinarily no Customs (which is a non issue in Europe, even when yuo have to go through Customs) or Immigration (which usually will detain detain you) between Germany and Italy.

This has nothing to do with the EU, by the way. Both countries are members of the Schengen Agreement, which eliminates border checks, to which only half the EU member states belong, and which also includes some non-members of the EU.
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Old Jan 18th, 2005, 01:42 PM
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flanneruk is right, no immigration and customs formalities when traveling between the 15 Schengen treaty countries of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

EU is often confused with Schengen but they're two different things.
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Thanks for the clarification on the Schengen Agreement - that explains why we didn't have any holdups upon arrival in Oslo from Reykjavek. Kinda missed that passport stamp in Norway, however!
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Old Jan 19th, 2005, 03:14 AM
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Thank you for clarifying this for me. So no stamp in my Passport?

Limo Service Rome wrote me stating that they will meet me outside of the customs hall. I am not familiar with FCO - where will I be arriving and where will the driver be? Perhaps I should just e-mail Limo Service and tell them I won't be going through customs and suggest an alternate meeting point? We will not be checking baggage, but baggage claim sounds like it might be a better meeting place.
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Old Jan 19th, 2005, 03:29 AM
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Jrc - Don't change the arrangements you already have with Limo Service Rome - they know what they're doing

They will be there with a placard with your name - along with a dozen other taxi drivers - as you exit into the main concourse from the baggage reclaim area.

Since everyone exits through the same door you won't be able to miss them.

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