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User currently offlineA340CREW From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 277 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5291 times:

Hello,

I am traveling BOS-MAD-CDG....where will I clear customs in MAD or CDG. Also is their any passport control on the MAD-CDG leg?

Thanks

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User currently offlineBorism From Estonia, joined Oct 2006, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5264 times:

You'll clear customs and immigration in MAD when transiting between International and Schengen areas of the terminal. Passport control for the second leg is only in MAD at the gate and security checkpoint, if there is any. In CDG you just walk out of the plane and the airport - no questions asked.

User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6311 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5260 times:

I thought it was that you cleared passport control at MAD, but customs at CDG? That is, your entry stamp will say Barajas, but you will walk through the green/red/blue lines at De Gaulle...in your case, the green one (unless you are bringing something restricted)

User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25056 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 5253 times:

My understanding it would be that you clear Immigration at your first Schengen point of entry - this case MAD, but customs in CDG assuming you have baggage.

At least this has been my travel experience the last few times thru CDG, FRA and MUC.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 5252 times:

Entering the Schengen zone with check-thru baggage (luggage) ...
- you clear immigration at the first transfer airport. Any subsequent checks of passport are only conducted to match pax with boarding pass. Requirement(s) to do so are set by government and/or airline and even might vary randomly within one airline to one destination.
- you clear customs for your hand baggage at the transfer airport.
- you clear custioms for your checked baggage at the final destination. Usually (I know, some A.netters will claim that this is not true, but it is the law and does happen), there will be customs officers looking out for baggage tags showing transfers and might ask pax for point of origin etc.
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However, there are a few exceptions to the "checked baggage" rule, for example when travelling to Norway on a connection via OSL, you pickup your checked-thru luggage at OSL and clear Norwegian customs there. (OSL also has a very much frequented Duty Free shop on arrival ...  Smile ).
-HT



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User currently offlineA340Crew From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

ok another question, my travel companion is traveling on a schengen visa, i have a us passport. If we decide we want to have a day in Madrid beofer going to paris can my companion exit, the schengen visa was issued by the french embassy but, i think spain will accept it. Anyone know the answer...will it look suspicous at Madrid customs?

User currently offlineBorism From Estonia, joined Oct 2006, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5233 times:

If it's Schengen visa it means that (s)he can enter Schengen from any entry point in any Schengen country (s)he wants, doesn't matter who issued it. In fact when (s)he exits International transit area of MAD (s)he can go anywhere (s)he wants, doesn't matter if it's next flight MAD-CDG or a train to Madrid or wherever.

That's the point of Schengen - free movement inside the member countries.


User currently offlineIcarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 796 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5189 times:



Quoting SW733 (Reply 2):
I thought it was that you cleared passport control at MAD, but customs at CDG? That is, your entry stamp will say Barajas, but you will walk through the green/red/blue lines at De Gaulle...in your case, the green one (unless you are bringing something restricted)

The thing is : you have 99% chance not seeing a custom officer at CDG arriving from MAD.
If custom officers are there, it's only to look at the tags and they won't bother checking someone coming from US.
Most of he time, hey stop people with a tag showing a city in he middle-east, Asia or Africa.



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6311 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days ago) and read 5184 times:



Quoting Icarus75 (Reply 7):
If custom officers are there, it's only to look at the tags and they won't bother checking someone coming from US.
Most of he time, hey stop people with a tag showing a city in he middle-east, Asia or Africa.

If the tag shows your final destination, and perhaps a connection point, how do they know? That is, if your tag says "MAD, CDG", how do they know if you are coming from the USA/Canada or from China, Morocco or Equatorial Guinea?


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25117 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5170 times:



Quoting Borism (Reply 1):
You'll clear customs and immigration in MAD when transiting between International and Schengen areas of the terminal.

That's not correct. You clear immigration at the first point of arrival in the Schengen area, but customs is at the final destination. It's just the usual "red/green channel" random spot check.


User currently offlineIcarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 796 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5121 times:



Quoting SW733 (Reply 8):
If the tag shows your final destination, and perhaps a connection point, how do they know? That is, if your tag says "MAD, CDG", how do they know if you are coming from the USA/Canada or from China, Morocco or Equatorial Guinea?

Customs look at the tags and when they see two airport codes, they sometimes pick randomly passengers to check the luggages.
Coming from BOS, the tag will clearly show MAD & CDG, involving a connection. They can stop the passenger and ask for the origin point.



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