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Sep 17th, 2012, 01:02 PM
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Transit through CDG: Do I need to recheck bags?

Haven't transited through CDG in a while and I can't remember. We are going through CDG on our way to Nantes. Will we need to clear customs in CDG? Will we need to collect our bags and recheck there or will they go on to Nantes and we collect them there?
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Sep 17th, 2012, 01:04 PM
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You will go thru Customs at CDG IME. Re-check and pick up in Nantes.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 01:07 PM
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Your bags can be checked through to Nantes. You do not have to claim and recheck at CDG.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 01:11 PM
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Sorry things have change since I last took a flight via CDG I guess. Where are you coming from - within the EU or Schengen of course not.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 01:16 PM
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Our flight is FLL--ATL--CDG--NTE

Thanks for your help.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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You'll go through immigration/passport control at CDG. You'll won't see your bags until Nantes.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 01:54 PM
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Patty is correct IME.

If you have not been given your Nantes boarding pass for some reason or another ( happens some times) then you go to a transfer desk after immigration passport control to get it.

I have always had to leave the secure area to catch my connecting flight at CDG . I assume you will have to do the same and go through security again in the assigned terminal.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 02:02 PM
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Thanks all. I was kind of thinking that would be the case. We fly Delta in and Air France out, so we may be in any of several of the Terminal 2 concourses.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 02:13 PM
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On your return, you'll have to pick up & re-check your bags at ATL.

Dine at La Cigale while in Nantes - a feast for the eye!!

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Sep 17th, 2012, 02:13 PM
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When is your trip? We're looking at Brittany and Atlantic Coast in 2014. Can't wait for the food photos....oh, and the other scenery as well!
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Sep 17th, 2012, 02:39 PM
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Stu, La Cigale is on the itinerary as the first thing to do in Nantes. Such a beautiful place.

Yes, I know I have to pick up and re-check in ATL, that's why I was wondering if the same would apply at first place of entry to Europe. Have been to CDG often but not as a transit in a long time. Glad we will be able to check through. Will save at least one headache.

Judy, we leave tomorrow and return on Oct. 6. We'll undoubtedly have lots of pix. Now if I can just delete the fool google plus thing I accidentally installed on my Picasa, so I can make them available, I'll post them here on return.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 02:51 PM
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JulieVikmanis,
When do you fly? Your Delta flight will arrive in 2E. Currently the Nantes flight departs from 2D but starting Oct, Air France is supposed to be consolidating all of their flights within the F/G/E concourses of terminal 2. I'm guessing Nantes will move to 2F and there should be less chances of concourse roulette by the end of the year. You'll also need to go through security at CDG as you'll be arriving from outside of the Schengen area.

lincasanova,
The only transfer I'm aware of that currently doesn't require re-clearing security is 2G to 2E (but not the other way around) as long as you take the airside bus and don't accidentally exit 2G landside. By the end of the year, you also shouldn't need to clear security on a 2F to 2E transfer. I believe this is part of the reason they're building the airside passageway between 2F and the 2E K gates. But again it only works one direction if you're originating from within the Schengen area as the member countries have adopted standardized security procedures.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 03:17 PM
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Ah, missed your dates. This is what it's all supposed to eventually look like http://ompldr.org/vZDFrZg/Hub2012-AF-en.pdf

Have a great trip!
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Sep 17th, 2012, 03:48 PM
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Patty, so nice to have someone here with so much info. Thanks. And nice to know that they are working on these issues.

We have ample time on the connection so we should be fine moving between 2E and 2F
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Sep 19th, 2012, 07:34 AM
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You'll go through immigration/passport control at CDG. You'll won't see your bags until Nantes.>

so do French Douanes check or inspect the bags in Nantes or do they just not check bags at all - I assume they in theory do screen checked bags upon arrival at CDG so in effect you and your bags clear Customs there.
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Sep 19th, 2012, 08:25 AM
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PalQ:

The UNIVERSAL rule in the EU is that incoming luggage from outside the EEA goes through Customs at the last airport of the journey, unless an airline won't accept through-checked bags.

This has been the case for at least the past 15 years.

All bags checked onto a flight in the EU have a distinctive luggage tag: all other bags lack that tag. So Customs at Nantes in this case will subject bags with a "non EU" tag arriving from Paris to the same checks they'd apply to bags arriving on a direct flight from a Turkish resort.

In practice those checks will hardly ever be be visible to passengers. We don't share America's totalitarian (or is it just job-creating?) obsession with subjecting all arriving passengers to human and canine inspection on the off chance they might still have a banana on them they bought before getting on the plane.
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Sep 19th, 2012, 08:29 AM
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Customs is technically in Nantes but this is usually a non-event. There are different colored tags for luggage from within the EU vs from outside of the EU. That's how they know which bags might theoretically need to be inspected but I've never actually seen anyone inspect bags.
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>>obsession with subjecting all arriving passengers to human and canine inspection on the off chance they might still have a banana on them they bought before getting on the plane.<<

I wish those obsessive inspectors had caught the "foreign" objects that brought the Mediterranean Fruit Fly and the Fuchsia Mite from south America to Calif 35 years ago. Calif had to spray malathion using helicopters for several years, and the mite wiped out 100 or so Fuchsias in our back yard, and all of the thousands of Fuchsias in the Fuchsia Dell in Golden Gate Park. The mite was never eradicated and there are a very few Fuchsias that are immune from the mite. We only have 3 different species in our back yard now, and there are no Fuchsias in GG Park today. The mite has spread to Brittany in France - wiping out some major gardens there.

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Sep 19th, 2012, 02:14 PM
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flanneruk.. have you seen Border Control Australia????

Bugs and microscopic mites/bacteria/fungus, etc. are a HUGE danger to the WORLD and different continents. It is not to be taken lightly as mentioned above.
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Sep 19th, 2012, 02:25 PM
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with subjecting all arriving passengers to human and canine inspection on the off chance they might still have a banana on them they bought before getting on the plane.>

Or in my case when a beagle dog put its head on my carry-on pack whilst I was waiting for my checked bags to appear = and would not lift his head under the agent told him to - my crime - I had had a carrot in that bag and was eating it actually whilst waiting for my checked luggage to appear - knowing that I may not be able to bring the carrot into the country (I probably could have - only certain things are restricted but I always check 'no fruit or veg' as to not be hassled - I was sent to a special station where my bags went thru some machine that would detect any vegestable or fruitable matter - none of which was found - the hound had just smelled where my carrot had been in the bag but was not there anymore.

Customs agent apologized to me for the whole thing.
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