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Tight layover in Amsterdam--traveling through Amsterdam en route to Glasgow

Hi, All,
Haven't traveled to Europe in decades, so need up to date info. Next April we are booked on RS Best of Scotland/13 Days tour. We will travel on Delta from Cincinnati > Detroit > Amsterdam > Glasgow. We only have about a 90 minute layover in Amsterdam. Much of the info on this forum about clearing immigrations is a few (or more) years old.

Can anyone give advice about clearing immigrations in a short timeframe in Amsterdam en route to Glasgow? I'm planning to get the Global Entry card. Appreciate any information you can share!

Betsy

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You don't clear immigration in AMS. Simply make your way to your connecting flight staying airside. Ninety minutes should be fine.

UK immigration will take place in Glasgow.

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ramblin' on--Thank you! We will be doing carry-on only, so no luggage concerns. This puts my mind at ease!

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The Global Entry card will be useful upon your return to the U.S., but won't come to bear on your transfer at Amsterdam.

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If this year is any indication, your flights will be changed a number of times before next April. I suggest you check them occasionally in case the times get too ridiculous.
90 minutes would make me nervous, but generally if your flights are on one ticket the airline will put you on the next available flight if you miss a connection.

With that many connections and chances for problems, hopefully you are arriving in Glasgow a day or 2 early.

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We just flew from LAX to Prague via Amsterdam and back. We had to go through passport control in Amsterdam going both ways. They do have a separate line for travelers with short connection times. Yesterday using the short connection line we completed the process and got to our gate in approximately 45 minutes.

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But Prague is in the Schengen zone so you have to enter the Schengen area and process thru Immigration at your first airport. Glasgow is not Schengen so no need to go thru entry to Europe...you'll just stay in the International area of the airport.

I hope you will be going in a day or two ahead of time!

I echo what Liz says...check your flights. I'd set myself up to check them once a month until after the New Year, then check weekly to make sure there are no changes.

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Everyone,
Thanks for the helpful feedback and information. I expect there will be changes and will check my Delta app frequently (already had one alert but it must have been so minor I couldn't tell what had changed. The information about the Schengen zone is helpful as is the info about the Global Entry.

Thanks also for the tip about how to search the forum for recent information. I am hoping that by April perhaps some of the chaos will have settled down, but with the state of things, I won't hold my breath!!

Betsy

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Betsy, I thought you might be flying Delta with the Detroit transit. Sometimes the website/app will alert to a change that’s just a minute or two on arrival or departure. Sometimes it will be a whole flight gone buh-bye so I recommend not being complacent. Also keep a check on your seat assignment in case they change the kind of plane for your flight.

Excited for you!!

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@Pam,
We are arriving on Sunday AM (hopefully!) and our tour starts on Tuesday evening, so hopefully we have time if there are any delays. I will watch the Delta app closely--good suggestion to watch the seats that we carefully selected :)

We are so excited for this trip!
Betsy

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You should be fine. We just went through Schiphol and it was a breeze. Just get off the plane and get to the vicinity of your gate. We arrived at C gate from the US and had to get to a D gate to get to Germany. You go through passport control. Seeing there was no line so I goofed around and enjoyed the airport. Our layover was just shy of 2 hours.

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Betsy, very wise planning for the 2 nights ahead of the tour. You'll have a chance to recover a bit from jet lag and allow some flex if there is an issue.

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If you are going to apply for Global Entry, I recommend that you start the process now as it will take a while. Currently, CPB is saying that it could take in excess of 90 days. I would expect it to take longer especially since you will need to schedule an in person interview as a part of the process. Not as easy as it used to be.

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Thanks @Ed, @Mo R and @Pam!

I think we will be fine. I am going to apply for the Global Entry program and after reading some posts, it sounds like it may take some time. I appreciate all of your feedback and advice! I'm watching my Delta app closely for any changes :)

Betsy