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Old 09-24-2012, 03:10 PM   #1
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Immigration in Amsterdam

Going to Edinburgh, Scotland in 10 days. I am leaving from Minneapolis, to Amsterdam, then on to Scotland. Do I go through immigration in Amsterdam or Edinburgh? Then on the way home, I go through immigration in Minneapolis, right?
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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From my understanding you'll go through immigration in Amsterdam. First point of contact in another country is where you go through immigration, however because Amsterdam is not part of the United Kingdom you may have to do it in both places. On the way home you'll for sure have to go in the USA, but again since the UK and Amsterdam are two seperate entities you may end up having to go through both.......


Wow I just realized my answer is super vague. I'd guess I'd just prepare for both!
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:29 PM   #3
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Both!

The only time you don't have to re-go through customs when flying within Europe is when within the Schengen. The UK is not part of the Schengen (most the rest of Europe is though).

If you fly back and go Edinburg-Amsterdam-Minneapolis you would go through customs and immigration in both Amsterdam and Minneapolis.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:06 PM   #4
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Give yourself extra time when you go through Amsterdam...the times I went through there were long lines....I try to avoid now.....
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:35 PM   #5
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Now I am more confused then ever. I looked it up, and it looks like I do not go through immigration until I get in Edinburgh. They are not part of the Schengen. Now if I were going to a country that was part of that, then I would. I was hoping someone on here had gone from US-Amsterdam-Scotland. I guess we will just have to wait and see. I will let you all know how it was when I get back. Thanks.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:48 PM   #6
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Now I am more confused then ever. I looked it up, and it looks like I do not go through immigration until I get in Edinburgh. They are not part of the Schengen. Now if I were going to a country that was part of that, then I would. I was hoping someone on here had gone from US-Amsterdam-Scotland. I guess we will just have to wait and see. I will let you all know how it was when I get back. Thanks.
You are correct - you will not go through customs/immigration in Amsterdam, as long as you stay airside (i.e. don't follow the signs to baggage claim as if you were ending your flight in Amsterdam). Since you stay air side and are not flying to a Schengen country, you will not go through passport control (the gates for the Schengen flights are all in the same area and you'd go through passport control on your way to the gate for your second flight, if you were going to a Schengen country).

This video may help - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaPIB...ature=youtu.be
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:50 PM   #7
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Going to Edinburgh, Scotland in 10 days. I am leaving from Minneapolis, to Amsterdam, then on to Scotland. Do I go through immigration in Amsterdam or Edinburgh? Then on the way home, I go through immigration in Minneapolis, right?

I go through Amsterdam frequently - both business and pleasure:

1) Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a transit (aka, pass through) airport for you.
. . . get off arriving flight
. . . you move between piers (aka, airside terminals) freely
. . . walk to international waiting area
. . . walk to next flight waiting area
2) You do not go thru any security or customs or immigration
3) However, before getting aboard next flight, there is a passport check.
. . . in the waiting area, they announce your flight
. . . before you go anywhere, you line up for passport check
. . . there is no formal booth, line, counter - just a lineup
. . . a pair of agents look at your passport
. . . they may ask a couple of questions to verify you match the passport
. . . then, satisfied, you proceed directly to your gate
4) They are just checking for illegals trying to get into the next country.
. . . these agents are actually paid by the airline
. . . it is part of your airfare
. . . in your case, KLM (going to EDI), Delta (returning to MSP)
. . . they are there as a requirement of the country you are flying to
. . . it is another layer to prevent illegal immigration

NOTE1: As a white, American couple, my wife and I were asked for our
passports on our way to UK. The agents took them, looked at the hologram
with a special magnifier glass ring on their finger and colored glasses, and
asked ONE question ("Americans on vacation?"). We said yes, and they
passed us immediately. Others, many non-whites, went through MANY
questions. ("Where you going? How long are you staying? Your birth-date?
Your place of birth? Where are you coming from? Agents even compared
the eye color of several people against the passport. Almost interrogation.)


NOTE2: If you really want to check out the transit rules and why, look up
the "Schengen Area" or "Schengen Treaty" regarding travel, passport and
non-passport rules for Europe. Especially where UK and Ireland did not sign
the treaty.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:55 AM   #8
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I made it

Here is my experience. Flight left Minneapolis on time. Nice flight. Got off the plane, and was told to look at the board for my next gate. Flight was full and everyone was going different directions. Found my flight on the board, and headed that way. Way across the airport. When I got to my gate, I went through a SECURITY check. X-Ray machine and all. When it was time to board, we had our passport checked, and got on a bus to our plane. KLM Nice short flight then after getting off, headed to immigration. I was one of the first in line, but last to leave. They asked me all the normal questions,where I was staying, my job, and then I had to show them my GBP's and American money and my Credit cards. I also had to show them an itinerary that showed I was going to go home, and when. I did fine with the 1:50 time slot that I had. I think I will be good going home, but will have to hustle. Thank you all for all the help.
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Here is my experience. Flight left Minneapolis on time. Nice flight. Got off the plane, and was told to look at the board for my next gate. Flight was full and everyone was going different directions. Found my flight on the board, and headed that way. Way across the airport. When I got to my gate, I went through a SECURITY check. X-Ray machine and all. When it was time to board, we had our passport checked, and got on a bus to our plane. KLM Nice short flight then after getting off, headed to immigration. I was one of the first in line, but last to leave. They asked me all the normal questions,where I was staying, my job, and then I had to show them my GBP's and American money and my Credit cards. I also had to show them an itinerary that showed I was going to go home, and when. I did fine with the 1:50 time slot that I had. I think I will be good going home, but will have to hustle. Thank you all for all the help.
So glad to hear....Have a wonderful time and safe travels......
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:22 AM   #10
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Amsterdam/50 min layover

I just wanted to let you know I made my flight with a 50 min layover in Amsterdam on a Delta flight. But it was really tight. I got off the plane and looked at the board and my next flight was already boarding. I basically ran to the gate. Give yourself more time than 50 min.
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I just wanted to let you know I made my flight with a 50 min layover in Amsterdam on a Delta flight. But it was really tight. I got off the plane and looked at the board and my next flight was already boarding. I basically ran to the gate. Give yourself more time than 50 min.
Glad you made it! I hate having to run like that, but it beats missing a flight! Thanks for sharing the info!

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