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Your Shortest Time In A Country?  
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2400 times:

Just wondering - what's the shortest period of time you've spent in a country?

And by the way, transit stops don't count. To qualify as being 'in' the country you have to have gone through passport control on the way in, and again on the way out - otherwise you're just airside in 'no-man's-land'.

I only ask to see if anyone can beat my personal best of 17 minutes. Big grin

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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

About 3 hours in Mexico, 1993, crossed the border into Tijuana and thats about all me and my parents could take...


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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

1.8 seconds.

We arrived in CDG from IAH and did a touch and go around due to some problem with the brakes, and then due to traffic, we diverted to Brussels. Therefore technically, I was in France for about just under 2 seconds.

Ps, Yes this is a joke, but surely something similar has happened

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

Regularly do ~25-30 minutes at Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Thats enough time to go landside for cheaper shopping!

User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

Nice try, Artsyman - but a touch-and-go is still airside, so you still weren't officially in France.

User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

I flew MAN-PMV for 4 days in 2001. Hated the hotel and my mate was doing my head in moaning all the time, so we came back PMV-LGW, then I flew to ALC to see my mates by myself for 9 days. Had a better time in Europe. Bloody expensive trip though!!

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5519 posts, RR: 49
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

I get the @sshole award here, just went to Tokyo for one day. Actually I was there a total of 26 hours.


P.S. It was pretty much just to get the miles....$380 plus tax round trip out of MIA, I couldn't pass it up!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Nuts

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

I flew to Hong Kong in 1998 for about 40 hours: left FRA on Friday around 14:00, arrived in Hong Kong (Kai Tak) at 07:00 on Saturday, left Sunday around 23:00 and was back in FRA at 05:00 on Monday morning... it was fun, and I got a really good price on the notebook computer that I bought there... Big grin

Happy contrails,

Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2319 times:

I spend approximately 15 minutes in the Netherlands, I wasn't traveling by plane but by car. A buddy and I drove over the border, we went inside a coffee shop which is located 2 kilometers behind the border, we bought a few grammes of weed as well as a can of Fanta Cassis, than we drove back home to smoke  Smokin cool  Big thumbs up.


User currently offlineKempa From Brazil, joined Aug 2003, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2283 times:


What if there is no two-way passport control? I arrived on a VCE-CDG flight once, went through exit control, and from CDG on to IAD, total time, about 45 minutes.

With two-way passport control, I have done TLV-LHR then LHR-GRU once. About 6 hours "officially" in the United Kingdom, and two more in no man's land (LHR airside).

Once I did TLV-JFK, then in the evening, JFK-GRU. Time outside passport control? about 10 hours.

I once went from Germany to Switzerland with a train change in France, probably stayed on French soil for about half an hour.
Monaco, about four hours. If you do it by train without stopping, it can be really quick. I stopped to visit.

One-day trips from Brazil to Argentina, and to Paraguay, about four to five hours in each. Near Iguassu Falls.

Vatican City, about three minutes, crossing St. Peter's square from one side to the other.

User currently offlineClewatcher From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

2 hours in Tijuana Mexico. Just crossed from California.

User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2236 times:

Last year Easyjet were offering cheap tickets, so I got a return ticket to Madrid from Luton for a day trip costing me under £25. My flight arrived into Barajas at 10:30am and my return flight was at 21:30. That gave me 11 hours in this beautiful city. I went to see the main sites like Plaza Mayor, Gran Via, Alcala, Plaza de Espana and Plaza Castilla (two huge leaning towers facing one another). It was during March yet the temperature reached 27 degrees celcius! I would advice anyone to go see the city!

p.s. The Easyjet flight were with 737-700s

EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

I've got a couple...

I was in Tallinn, Estonia (arrived and departed by ferry), for an hour and 15 minutes. Arrived from and departed to Helsinki, went through passport control on both sides.

I was connecting through Hong Kong, but as a staff traveller switching airlines, was required to go through Immigration and Customs, as well as retrieve my checked bag, before rushing off to Virgin after arriving on Cathay Pacific. Total time in the airport? 2 hours (only because the flight was delayed due to the Heathrow curfew)

But my best was in Frankfurt Airport, when I got sort of lost - and I cleared Immigration/Customs when I didn't need to. Total time in the country? 6 minutes. And I did it twice  Smile Ha! Beat ya Backfire!  Smile

Happy Travels!  Smile

Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
User currently offlineKanebear From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2234 times:

7 minutes 30 seconds (I timed it). I had cleared passport control at FRA but left my coat at the Admirals Club which is outside immigration. So, I had to re-enter germany, run to the club, get my coat, run back through security and exit the country once again. The passport control agents were VERY puzzled to see me again (I'd entered the country the first time only 2 hours prior to that) but after I explained they laughed, asked if I wanted to be stamped again (I said yes) and waved me on.

User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1709 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

17 minutes here as well!. The time it took to drive through Vaduz, Lichtenstein on my way through from Innsbruck, Austria to Lucerne, Switzerland in July of 2003.

Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
User currently offlineSK973 From Sweden, joined Mar 2004, 327 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

Dazed767, I got you beat there for shortest stay after an intercontinental flight!  Big grin

Flying my girlfriend home to SIN from STO (with SK ARN-CPH-BKK-SIN) I spent 23 hours there before flying back with Swiss, SIN-BKK-ZRH-ARN!  Smile

No jetlag at all! Big grin

User currently offlineJfernandez From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Crossed the Dominican Republic - Haiti border in 1990 or so by car, got the passport stamped, turned around. Had to have been 2-3 minutes.

User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 747 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

my shortest time to be in a country is 30 to 40 minutes. That was transit time from one LH flight to another in Frankfurt.

"Keep Climbing"
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

Total time in the country? 6 minutes

I find that hard to believe. It takes longer to simply get from the gate to passport control and back up through security at Frankfurt!  Smile

shortest stay after an intercontinental flight

These last few months I have regularly flown to London on the redeye for meetings and then back on an afternoon flight just a few hours later. No longer than 6-7 hours at destination.

User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

About 2 hours in Tijuana, Mexico.

"It starts when you're always afraid; You step out of line, the man come and take you away" -Buffalo Springfield
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5519 posts, RR: 49
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

SK973 - Here comes the fun part, I got into MIA about 90 mins late, I had to go pick up my car, and drive to boca raton (about 40 mins North of MIA). I didn't check in at the hotel til after midnight, and I had orientation the next morning at 8am for my new job. TALK ABOUT FEELIN LIKE SH#% THE NEXT DAY!

User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

about 8 seconds when i accidently tripped into the vatican Big grin i got up and went back to rome,then walked 5 feet back into the vatican Big grin  Big thumbs up ok so that never happened,but i did spend about an hour and a half one day when i first went there.went around the piazza,and then into st peters (its HUGE!).next day i went back to see the vatican museums,and went up to the capula ontop of st peters (snapped a good picture of the piazza,too bad i dont have a scanner).I really found out just how large St Peters cathederal was when i was at the base of the dome looking down into the place. for the first minute i did not see the people down in the cathederal because they were so small.

Snakes on a Plane!
User currently offlineDAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
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About two hours in AMS and MXP.

In AMS I arrived around 0925 and left on the same aircraft at 1125. I went through passport control, wandered around the Schiphol plaza for 15 minutes and then checked in for my return flight. I then spent about an hour wandering around the terminal doing some spotting. I even had time to check out the Rijksmuseum and pick up a small souvenir before reporting to my gate for departure.

In MXP I had a similar scenario where I arrived and did some plane spotting before returning on the same aircraft. Again, I was only there for about two hours but I got some beautiful pictures of the Alps. I did the same thing about two years ago and went to Frankfurt but I took the FRA-JFK flight back which gave me about 5 hours in FRA.

I would of stayed longer on these trips but I was unable to get the time off from work which meant one day there and the next day coming back. Of course, it helps to be an airline employee. Big grin

"I love mankind. It's people I can't stand." - Charles Shultz
User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

I spent 11 1/2 hours in Calgary, Alberta during October 20th and 21st 2001. What a disastrous trip. I flew DCA-MSP-YYC-MSP-DCA. A month and a half after 9/11, DCA security was more skittery than a nervous cat. I missed my original flight while my luggage was being searched after someone found a pair of nose hair scissors in my toiletry case. No doubt they thought I was going to break into the cockpit and trim someone's mustache. Arriving in Calgary ten at night, Customs refused to believe I was driving 135 kilometers to Banff Springs just for the weekend (actually I missed a chartered coach). As it was minus 3 celsius (26 degrees farenheit), I opened my rollerbag to get my lined jacket and realized it was still back at DCA security. It had been an unnatural 70 degrees (21 celsius) in Washington DC, and I didn't need to wear it. But thanks to the nicest Best Western people at 38th and Barlow Trail (and their central heating) I lived long enough to fly out of Calgary eleven hours later.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

If passport control is the measure on a flight, then I have you beat at 10 minutes in Shannon, Ireland. Aug 02.

It was one of our ops stops on an ATA L-1011 from Tinker to Saudi. We had about an hour and half in the airport waiting for the plane to get serviced. So I went downstairs got my passport stamped and walked around outside for about 10 minutes and then came back inside, through security, and back to the bar. Basically just to get the stamp  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Weather diverted to Qatar during OIF and spent about 24 hours in country before leaving, but of course there was no passport control. That is the shortest 'overnight' I've done anywhere. Unless you count a fuel stop problem in Larnaca in December of 02, where I spent several hours after midnight in the terminal waiting for issues (but no bed).

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Texas-It's bigger than France

25 Post contains images Leezyjet : Shortest time for me is :- 24 hours in New York, and also 28 hours in Hong Kong. Also been to Denmark for 4 hours, arrived by ferry, did a little coac
26 ClassicLover : Not even 24 hours in Mexico (Tijuana) on my US trip in 1991... I think all up it may have been 3 or 4 hours, from memory. May be more because of the t
27 FunFlyer : Just under 2 minutes. I walked underground inside of a coal mine, or an old coal mine, from Austria to Germany. So I was in the big G, not too long bu
28 Sebwhite : About 7 hours in France after flying BOS-CDG on AA J class, then returning later that day.
29 Post contains images Fly727 : Around 15 minutes in the French Guyana? Or was it the British? Well... it was in Georgetown, South America. I also spent like 3 hours in St. Maarten i
30 Post contains images CVG777 : Canada for a couple hours at Niagara Falls on a few occasions, but I guess that doesn't count. Does it? About 8 hours on five different occasions, and
31 Roberta : Once i drove through italy for about 30mins. We went through the Mont Blanc tunnel past a town called Aosta and went back to France again, via the St
32 YYZUla : The shortest time in a country was in Iceland in 1994. I was flying from Toronto to Copenhagen on Sterling Airlines. We landed in Iceland to refuel.
33 USAFHummer : Georgetown is just Guyana but it was formerly a British possession Fly727... Greg
34 PROSA : August 2001, I was in Seattle for a few days and decided to drive up to Vancouver. I ended up spending maybe four hours in that beautiful city. No dou
35 MD11Engineer : About 15 minutes in Belgium, I came up from Aachen, through Maastricht, and missed the turn going to up north to Eindhoven. Instead I went west, direc
36 Phxairfan : My shortest off a plane was 4 hours in Singapore. They had a free tour of the city for those who had long layovers. My shortest by ship was about 2 ho
37 Post contains images Jcs17 : About 25 minutes in Britain. Just in time to make a connection from Gatwick to CDG. The BA 734 door nearly walloped me in the ass! [Edited 2004-03-30
38 Redngold : About 10 minutes, the time it took our family to drive into Monaco, allow my sister to step out of the car and get her picture taken, get back in the
39 Andz : About an hour in France, I drove with a friend from Freiburg to Colmar in the pre Euro days and we had no Francs so we went back to Germany.
40 707cmf : About 1 minute in Switzerland when I was a kid, 'kay ? 707, trying to deal with the jetlag
41 Fritzi : I took the boat between Sweden and Finland last summer, just for fun together with a few friends. We only got off the boat for about 15 minutes while
42 Post contains images MerC : I did something similar to Fritzi. Took the boat between Sweden (Gothenburg) and Denmark (Fredrikshamn) when I was younger, I only got off the boat fo
43 Post contains images TriStar500 : About one minute in Switzerland. Just walked over a small pedestrian bridge across a river from the German to the Swiss side, looked around for a minu
44 Kingsford : 1 hour in Switzerland 4 hours in Singapore 15 min in the Netherlands 10 min in G.D.Luxemburg
45 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : I did some hiking in the middle of nowhere along the Austro-German border. At one point, the border zig-zagged a bit, while the path didn´t. So ther
46 Post contains images Sushka : I spent about 5 seconds in Serbia. I just stepped across the Macedonia/Serbia border. in 93
47 Russophile : Just under 10 minutes at Singapore. Was flying PER-SIN-PEN. Had to go outside of the transit area to get an "order" for duty free which a family frien
48 Post contains images IB6400 : Last year just like 2 or 3 hours in Austria. My best friend and I were driving from Munich, Germany to Ravenna, Italy. I told him... "Please pull over
49 Post contains images Jaspike : About 2 hours in Canada, and the same in Switzerland. Tom
50 Post contains images Kilavoud : In Miami Airport twenty years ago. I was flying from Paris to Mexico, over Madrid and Miami with Aeromexico. At that time we had to go out of the plan
51 KEno : Liechtenstein (tiny country sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria) in 2000. We took a bus from Sargans, Swizerland to Vaduz (the capital) and sta
52 Post contains images CPH-R : 10-15 minutes (x 2 or three - can't remember), when I was pretty much lost in FRA - had to find KE's checking counter (because they had screwed up wih
53 MYT332 : This month I walked into Spain from Gibraltar. Spent about 20 mins there, had a Mclufrry then wandered back accross with passports in hand of course.
54 IwantaBBJ : Well, when I go spotting in BSL/Basle, I exit Switzerland via a german customs post, only to leave the highway on the first exit and than enter France
55 Planesarecool : About 10 seconds! When i was small (dunno when) we were on a cruise around the Caribbean and when we got to somewhere near Nassau (Bahamas) we docked
56 Post contains images AirxLiban : As per the first thread, this doesn't count, but here goes anyway: MEA used to operate a BEY-OTP-IST-BEY service. However the plane (707) was so late
57 Espion007 : Canada for a couple hours at Niagara Falls on a few occasions ok that reminds me.Forget the vatican post. i had spend about 30 min in canada once with
58 B747-437B : Technically, because I left the transit area, I should have paid departure tax ex-SIN No. Singapore has an exemption from departure tax for any passen
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