reifel
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Transit In TLV

Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:17 pm

Hi There,

I've never been to TLV and therefore I need your help:

I will be flying from FRA via PRG to TLV with CSA Czech Airlines. My arrival is at 4:30 am.
There will also be a friend of mine, but he is arriving from Paris with Strategic Airlines (he's not such a airline freak as I am, lucky him to fly such an airline!!), and he's arriving around 11 am.

So here is my question:
Since I have a Priority pass and I will be tired after the night flight, can I remain in Transit in TLV although not having any connecting boarding pass, just go to the lounge, get a nap there and meet him at his arrival guide or in the arrival hall at 11 am and go together with him through Immigration then?

I know a lot of airports were this would be no problem at all since on arrival you can stroll around the airside departure area without an onward boarding pass as long as you don't exit the airside area, but I'm not sure how TLV is built. And not sure if the lounge will accept me without boarding pass (but I guess this should be fine since I have the PP), and also not sure if this may cause problems if I pass immigration 7 hours after my arrival, but I guess this should be fine too.

Any thoughts? And if I can remain airside, is there anyhting nice to do for 7 hours waiting for my friend to land? I'm arriving at Terminal 3, and I guess he does too since he's on an international flight.
 
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RE: Transit In TLV

Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:07 am

Arriving pax and departing pax are separated and the lounges are only accessible by the departing pax. When you deplane you will go straight to immigration. I don't think there are any other options.
 
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RE: Transit In TLV

Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:40 am

Thank you for your reply, although this doesn't sounds good. However I was wondering how connecting passengers are doing? El Al is offering connecting flights to BKK i.e., and those passengers will need to access to the airside departure area without passing israeli immigration...
 
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RE: Transit In TLV

Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:19 am

I never connect in TLV and I am always in a rush to get through immigration so I never look for the transfer point. I'll look on the 21st when I return from a trip to France and report back to you what I see.
 
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RE: Transit In TLV

Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:53 am

Thanks, I would appreciate!
 
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RE: Transit In TLV

Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:22 pm

I believe there is a transfer point in the terminal rotunda on the right side before heading down the connector to passport control, but I don't see why they would let you in, as you do not have an outbound connecting flight.

I also don't think you can simply hang out without having to exit and go down to immigration as arrival passengers are segregated on a different level then departures.

At the end of the day, I think you will have to clear passport control and either wait for your friend in the public terminal areas, or frankly if I were you, I would try to go to your hotel as sitting at the airport for 6-7 hours is going to be rather boring.
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RE: Transit In TLV

Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:19 pm

Thanks for your comments so far. Well I think I will leave the airport then, not sure they will let me in my room at 6 am though  

I was just asking, since there are a bunch of airports where arrivals and departures are not seperated. Furthermore, there are airports, were even if the areas are seperated, it's no problem to go to airside departure area again (i.e. Heathrow Terminal 4: You have to pass a security check but since the transfer counters are located behind this area, it's absolutely understandable that people passing the security check have no onward boarding passes... Guess it's different in TLV.

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