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AMS Transit Question

Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:38 am

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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RE: AMS Transit Question

Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:03 am

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.
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RE: AMS Transit Question

Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:06 pm

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.
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RE: AMS Transit Question

Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:29 pm

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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