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Separate Flights but same terminal at CDG

Hi,

I'm traveling to Paris via Air Canada from Toronto, arriving at Charles de Gaulle at 8:45am. Then I have to catch a separate flight at 10:30am on British Airways to London, UK. We're both only traveling with carry-ons and both of these flights arrive and depart at terminal 2A. Is it safe to assume that when we leave our Air Canada flight we just wait in Terminal 2A until we can board our flight to London on British Airways? We won't have to go through security or immigration/customs, will we?

Thanks for any info!

Posted by
162 posts

I suspect you will go through customs before you can proceed to your gate, although you will not have to leave Terminal 2A. At the gate, you will mingle with EU passengers who will not be required to go through customs in London. There would be no way to separate you out from these people. So you have to go through customs/immigration as you land. The cattle chutes will be set up for your international arrival so you have no choice.

Posted by
1020 posts

This page on the EasyCDG website indicates that there is a transit zone that you will be able to stay in since you are carry-on only. I have not done this transfer myself, so do not have any personal experience.

Posted by
7705 posts

Was your ticket purchased as one ticket, or as two separate tickets? I have a feeling that it's the latter, and therefore the airport won't consider you as "connecting", and you'll have to go through Immigration to arrive in Paris, and then check in for BA and go back through security to get on your second flight. If this is the case, I'm not sure you're going to make that connection. You might.

Posted by
2931 posts

Will you be checked into your BA flight and have your boarding pass. If the answer is no, you will have to exit and go through passport control and go out and then go to departures and check in. Without the boarding pass you have an issue because there are no check in counters in the transfer zone. Even if you have your boarding pass you may have a problem because you are supposed to be funneled to passport control. With the boarding pass, you may make it past the security personnel who check for boarding passes with connecting non-Schengen flights. My husband travels on AF through Paris to locations in Africa at least once per year and he has to show a boarding pass to get through to connect to his ongoing flight. If you think about, you will see why that is required from an airport safety perspective.

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Our tickets were purchased separately, not as one ticket. We can check-in online ahead of time for our BA flight and have our digital boarding passes on us. I was told that we would have to go through security, but wouldn't have to go through immigration because we're transiting from a non-Schengen country to a non-Schengen country. Just wondering if anyone knew if that was correct. Thanks.

Posted by
7705 posts

But your arriving flight won't know that you're headed on to a non-Schengen country. For theirbpurposes, you're arriving in Paris and that's it.

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2931 posts

"Our tickets were purchased separately, not as one ticket. We can check-in online ahead of time for our BA flight and have our digital boarding passes on us. I was told that we would have to go through security, but wouldn't have to go through immigration because we're transiting from a non-Schengen country to a non-Schengen country. Just wondering if anyone knew if that was correct. Thanks."
Yes, what you are told is technically correct and is 100% true if you had a boarding pass issued at the time of check-in by the airline flying you to Paris. In your situation, assuming that you have a readable boarding pass and do not get shuttled by the Air Canada off the airplane into the immigration/passport control area, you should be able to use the transfer option but there is a real possibility that you will end up at the passport control area and then end up having to exit and then re-enter the departures side. That is what, I believe, Kim is referring to above. You could theoretically go towards the transfer for non-Schengen trips area and would go through security again with your boarding pass. But you could also end up landing at a gate where there is no ability to get to the transfer area because the inbound non-Schengen flight has no need for it because it has no record of people on the flight transferring out of the Schengen zone upon arrival in Paris. It is sort of hard to explain in writing but I hope that I have been clear. The good news is that even if it does not work out for you, you have many options for getting from CDG to London as compared to if your connection was to the longer and more expensive leg of the journey. It's water under the bridge now but in the future when you are doing your own and therefore unprotected connection, you should leave at least 3 hours for the connection even if you do not have checked luggage. At the end of your trip, please report back to let us know what happened.