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Is it wise to stay in Schiphol Airport to avoid overstaying?

My visa was approved for 30 days, while my ticket and itinerary is already booked for 31 days. Rescheduling the flight was way too expensive (more expensive than buying the ticket). And I cant escape to other countries for few days as I dont have the visa.

My flight will arrived in Schiphol Airport on 14.00. So I plan to stay behind the immigration area for 10 hours, and only go through the immigration after midnight 00.00 am (so they wont count my first day entering Schengen area). This way i will not overstay my visa. Does this somehow violate any regulation?
And since I cant claim my luggage until I go through immigration, what will happen to them?

Thanks beforehand​

Posted by
3493 posts

Wow, that sounds complicated. Not sure you will get the answers you want here.

I don't think they allow you to stay in the immigration area. Never seen anyone try for that amount of time. But I am sure there is a rule somewhere prohibiting it. Also it is possible the border protection may not be staffed at that hour unless there are other inbound flights.

Luggage left too long on the carousel will be collected by your airline and moved to their left luggage area. It could possibly be sent to an immigration inspection area and destroyed depending on the security level when you arrive. You will have lots of explaining to do when you do go to claim it.

I would suggest you ask your airline on departure day going to Schiphol to move you to the next day's flight. They may be willing to do so without charge if they are oversold on the day you want to fly and have seat on the next day's flights.

Posted by
1821 posts

Any legal advice you get on an internet forum will be worth what you paid for it.

Posted by
16941 posts

What places are visiting while there? One possible solution is to spend a few days in London, which is not in the Schengen Zone. But do not take my word for it, as I am just dog typing on the internet. Confirm that this is an option with competent authorities.

Posted by
5 posts

Thanks for the replies.
I did try contacting the embassy, and schiphol airport itself. Embassy said i have to reapply visa (which i cant because of time), and the customer service of schiphol know my plan and only said that i should contact the airway regarding the luggage. Said nothing about breaking any rule. So i dont know the rules, seems like no one ever done this before.

Flying to UK is not an option for me, as I cant get inside UK without visa, and applying visa takes weeks for me.
I can fly to morocco though, free visa, but i heard visa duration start counting once you go inside Schengen area, and eventhough I get out for few days, the countdown remains?

Posted by
16941 posts

You might want to travel only with carry-on luggage and not check anything.

Posted by
7698 posts

I'm quite sure they won't let you do that!!! Some security personnel will be around to move you on quite soon, I imagine.

Posted by
5 posts

Thank you for all the warning. I got it that its not wise to stay in the airport once I arrived

After asking here and there, a friend suggested to get in the airport on my last day, 36 hour before departure (as allowed by the airline) and stay inside airport until the flight.
We'll just do that.

*I dont understand where we'll do the harm for staying inside airport 10 hour AFTER a flight, when we are allowed to stay in the airport 36 hour BEFORE a flight.

Posted by
5512 posts

I really am not so sure that your plan wouldn't work. I think carry on luggage would be key. You need more information from people who really know and aren't just speculating.

I seem to remember that there was a lot of terminal available to use prior to passport/immigration control with many gate areas. How would a security person know you were not just waiting for the next flight? There are even some hotels available in the secure zone. People who are transferring flights into non-Schengen areas don't even go through immigration.

I am, however, one of those people who are just speculating.. I've been through Schiphol a few times and I honestly think your plan could work, but I can't tell you that definitively.

Posted by
2353 posts

Actually I think you would be better off waiting the 10 hours to enter - generally airport security won't allow you to enter the gate area that many hours before your departing flight.

Posted by
533 posts

I seem to remember that there was a lot of terminal available to use prior to passport/immigration control with many gate areas. How would a security person know you were not just waiting for the next flight? There are even some hotels available in the secure zone. People who are transferring flights into non-Schengen areas don't even go through immigration.

That's what I thought too, based on my experiences with other Schengen hub airports (I've never been through Schiphol). It's not like arriving in a UK or US airport, where there's nowhere to wait before passport control other than maybe in the lavatory.

But I, too, am just speculating, and wouldn't want anyone to make a risky decision based on my say-so.

Posted by
1821 posts

Isn't this basically the plot to the movie "The Terminal" starring Tom Hanks.

Posted by
646 posts

Again, advice on a travel forum is not a substitute for competent legal advice, but I think you may have one more problem. Your airline may not board you to go to Europe if you can't show that you have transport out of The Schengen zone before your Visa runs out.

Posted by
6725 posts

Amsterdam has one of the most rule bound strict immigration operations in Schengen so it is not the place to try shennanigans. We got pulled at the airport because the lazy Rome immigration people hadn't stamped our passports and we had to prove we had not overstayed which I could do -- but the guy pulled with us didn't have evidence of his entry and missed the plane. They follow the letter of the law/visa.

Posted by
5 posts

We have decided that we will try staying in the airport as Plan A. If the authority wants us to leave, then we'll do plan B: rebook the flight home.
Will update to you guys if we got any problem with the authorities or not.

Posted by
5 posts

I have safely arrived in Amsterdam. So, yeah, you cannot easily stay in Schiphol as they have strict officers directing you straight to passport control. You cannot easily go to the area with lots of restaurants and shops,like what we did in Doha airport.
But, I asked the immigration officer in Schiphol and explained my situation. They were confused at first, but then said ITS OKAY if we want to wait in the airport. They were kindly concerned that we have to wait for 11 hours in the airport, so finally they said i should just go through the passport control. Yes, the immigration officer said its okay to overstay for less than 48 hour. I double checked with them and make sure I wont get any problem in applying future visa, and they convinced me that its completely fine.
So, anyone who got some problem with me, yeah you can stay in the airport as long as you want, and dont worry if you just overstay for less than 48 hours.
Cheers!

Posted by
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Thanks for reporting back. Have a great European adventure!