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U.S.A through Netherlands to Greece... Passport Control?

Flying from the U.S. to Amsterdam, have a 2 hour layover before flying to Athens.

Do we go through customs in Amsterdam AND again in Greece? Or only once in Amsterdam since it's a EU country?

Posted by
11368 posts

I think you mean passport control not customs which is declaring goods?
You will go through passport control in Amsterdam and then your trip from Amsterdam to Athens will be like a domestic(EU) flight.

Posted by
404 posts

Think of Europe (the Schengen zone) as one country. Entering the country
(Amsterdam), it's logical that passport control will be there, and once you
are in the country, you don't need to show your passport any more.

Exceptions may exist at times, but that is the way it is for the most part.

And to answer the next question, if you fly back the same way, it will be
a domestic flight from Athens to Amsterdam, and you will go through
passport control in Amsterdam to get to the gates that serve international

Posted by
15703 posts

Sort of.

On the way to Athens, you will go through immigration/passport control in Amsterdam. You will also go through customs (for your stuff) in Athens. However, unless you have something to declare, you will just walk through without being stopped. But you are technically going through customs. (Customs and passport control/immigration are two different things.)

If you go back the same way, you will go through exit immigration in Amsterdam but there is no exit customs.