Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2392 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.
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2368 times:
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
Alcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2350 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!!
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2321 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...
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2311 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 .
Kempa From Brazil, joined Aug 2003, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2275 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.
Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2228 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!
OH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2236 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 Ha! Beat ya Backfire!
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
Kanebear From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2226 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.
Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5519 posts, RR: 49
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2068 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!
Espion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2045 times:
about 8 seconds when i accidently tripped into the vatican i got up and went back to rome,then walked 5 feet back into the vatican 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.
DAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2018 times:
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.
"I love mankind. It's people I can't stand." - Charles Shultz
Worldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 1983 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.
Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 1973 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
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
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