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User currently offlineDTWLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 999 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3646 times:

I am looking to book tickets for next weekend from LAX to MAN.
If I book two separate tickets, first LAX to AMS and the second AMS to MAN departing the same day, will I be required to clear immigration at AMS? I am not a U.S. citizen so I will need a Schengen visa if I have to enter the Netherlands.
But since I am going to a non-Schengen country, can I transit without having to go through immigration? Since all KLM flights to MAN use D gates at AMS, can I transfer from E to D airside? Again, it will be two separate tickets.

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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1096 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3519 times:

If you are flying KLM on LAX-AMS and AMS-MAN then normally you should indeed be able to stay airside; gates D trough are all in the same terminal area . KLM has several transfer desks and self service check-in facilities in this terminal, that normally should be able to check you in for your flight to Manchester. Just be sure that you if you are travelling with checked lugagge, you ask the check-in agent at LAX to check your bags all the way to MAN, as you would need to clear immigration at AMS to recollect your bags otherwise.

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29469 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3460 times:

You will not have any customs or immigration check at AMS since you are not entering the Schengen area but only transiting. The D gates at AMS have 2 levels and can be used for both Schengen and non-Schengen flights. You will have a security check but for the non-Schengen gates at AMS that check is at the gate.

User currently offlinerwsea From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3286 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3431 times:

The only thing I would be concerned with is luggage - if on another carrier (for example, EasyJet), KLM may not tag your luggage all the way through to MAN. Not quite sure what their policy is... it might make sense to call and ask. If you have to reclaim luggage, then you will need to pass immigration in order to claim and recheck your bags.

If you're just travelling with carry-on, then you have no worries at all. You should be able to print a boarding pass at one of the transfer desks. If it's EasyJet then you may need to print it somewhere else (i.e. before you leave LAX or at a business center in the airport).

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