period of time spent waiting for a connection (unlike stopover this is not chosen by the traveller)

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Do I need a visa to transit (or layover) in the Schengen area?

I found many related questions on this site but I am still not sure about the rules. How can I decide if I need a visa to transit?
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Is there a way to find out if I need a transit visa for a layover in the UK?

Is there a website or some other way to find out if I need a transit visa for a short stop in the UK on my way somewhere else? Ideally this should give me the answer for all nationalities, and take ...
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Do I need a Turkey transit visa for a layover?

I have an Indian passport and am planning to visit Germany with a valid visa. To book a flight for Germany (Mumbai – Dusseldorf), I came across some connected flights that stop at Istanbul. Do I need ...
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Is 1½ hours enough for a transit at Munich airport?

I'm heading to India next week and have a connection in Munich, Germany. I made the mistake of booking a flight with only an hour and a half layover (freaking out!) and I'm wondering if I'll have to ...
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Do I need a transit visa for a layover via Dubai International Airport?

Do I need a transit visa for a layover via Dubai International Airport? If so, what are the requirements for such a visa? Can I get the transit visa on arrival?
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Layover at Tokyo Narita airport: can I travel outside, and what kind of visa would I need?

I am traveling from Singapore to San Francisco and an airline which I am choosing has a layover of 7.5 hours at Tokyo Airport (NRT). I am wondering if I would be allowed to go out to experience the ...
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How can I determine if it is possible to check luggage during a layover?

A common desire among some travelers with long layovers is to leave the airport for a while, and perhaps do some shopping, or even buy goods in the airport. But this then often necessitates the ...
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A day at Dubai International Airport and the city?

On my way to India I'm planning to stay one day in Dubai. I would arrive at 6am in the morning and leave at 3am the next day. My naive plan is to lock my backpack at the airport and then walk into ...
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5 hours in Amsterdam

I have a 5-hour layover at AMS on a Saturday evening (16:00-21:00), on an intra-EU itinerary to the UK. I'd like to leave the airport and have dinner in town. Is this reasonable? (From reading ...
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In the context of air travel, are layovers different to stopovers?

In a recent question somebody asked about a layover without mentioning how long the stop would be, thus implying it might perhaps be understood whether layover generally refers to a stop not requiring ...
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Is there anything to do during an 8 hour after-midnight layover in Dubai?

We are planning a trip with an 8 hour layover in Dubai spanning from 1am-9am. I am thinking about going to see the city, but is it worth it to do it given the very late night hours? Will at least the ...
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I'm travelling from Heathrow to Toledo in the USA with 2 connections, will I need to see to my luggage before I get to Toledo?

I'm worried as it's my first trip on my own. All my flights are American Airlines and I have connections at Raleigh/Durham and at Chicago O'Hare, however there are no terminal changes, just connection ...
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Transit visa at Istanbul Airport, Turkey, during a Turkish Airlines arranged stopover?

Do I need a transit visa at Istanbul Airport to enter Istanbul for city sightseeing or hotel accommodation?. All services provided free by the Turkish Airline. I am Nigerian citizen and booked Turkish ...
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7 hour layover in LHR - enough time to visit London for a couple of hours?

My flight lands around noon at LHR terminal 5 and my connecting flight departs also from terminal 5 at 7pm the same afternoon. Will that give me enough time to take the express train into London (...
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Can I visit Chicago during a 5.5 hour layover in O'Hare?

I will be flying from Boston to Tokyo with a 5.5 hour morning layover in Chicago. I'm thinking of going out to the city for some late breakfast and/or sightseeing. I've never left an airport during a ...
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Are laws about sex outside marriage less rigorously enforced in Dubai for people on layovers?

Last night, I read on the news that Qantas was switching its main hub from Singapore to Dubai. Smart Traveller notes about the United Arab Emirates: Homosexual acts and sex outside of marriage: ...
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Does a layover of more than 6 hrs entitle me to accomodation by the airlines?

I have a 23 hour-long layover in Toronto, Canada. Am I entitled to boarding and lodging by the airlines?
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Is a 7 hour layover in Paris long enough to leave the airport and sightsee?

I have a flight from St. Petersburg, Russia to Atlanta, GA with a 7 hour layover in Paris. I am travelling with two children. All of us are US citizens. We would like to get out of the airport and do ...
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Carrying semi-solid food in flights?

My father is a Vegetarian and a frequent traveler. Due to this it sometimes becomes difficult for him to get a well-balanced diet on flights and airports. Since he travels quite often, he eats ...
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Are 7 hours enough time to leave the Brussels airport and go to the city center?

I have a seven hour layover at Brussels airport, and I'd like to know whether there is enough time to leave the airport and go into the Brussels city center for a beer or a meal? If so, what ...
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Long Layover in Zurich Airport

I am traveling from Egypt to the US using Swiss airlines. The layover at Zurich airport is 16hrs. I found that there is a transit hotel at Zurich airport next to gates B/D. Can I access this hotel ...
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Flying over country from which you are deported

A Swedish national was deported from Denmark today. This is a very extraordinary case, since citizens of Nordic countries are usually free to travel without any documents within the Nordic Passport ...
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I have a 12-hour layover in Istanbul. Will I be able to leave the airport to do some sightseeing in the city?

I'm flying to Barcelona from Israel via Istanbul. The layover in Istanbul is 12 hours, and I'm thinking about leaving the airport and entering the country for a couple of hours. Would that be possible?...
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Policy for checking baggage all the way through international flights

I was wondering if there's a definite policy to allow people with two or more reservations with different airlines to have their luggage sent directly to final destination, without having to recollect ...
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Visiting a lounge in T1 at Dubai International Airport, during a layover at T3?

For an upcoming trip, I have a layover of 2.5 hours in Dubai. Both flights are with Emirates, and arrive / leave from Terminal 3. As the first flight is overnight, I'll want to freshen up, and a ...
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Is 1.5 hours of a layover time in Dubai practical?

I plan to fly from Bangalore (India) to Dubai and then to San Francisco, all on the Emirates Airline. I have an option of a 1.5 hour layover in Dubai. I'm wondering if this is sufficient time to ...
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Does the new Doha Hamad International still offer “alcoholic left luggage”, and how does it work?

Recently, Doha has switched from the old Doha International Airport to the new Hamad International airport. The new airport looks a huge improvement on the old one, which is good, but the switch does ...
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5.5 hr layover in San Francisco International Airport enough time to visit city?

I'm flying Seattle, USA (SEA) -> San Francisco, USA (SFO) -> Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) -> Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI). In San Francisco Airport I have a 5.5 layover. Is it advisable to leave the ...
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Flying from US. Do I need to recheck my bags at Heathrow for a UK domestic flight?

I am flying from the US to Edinburgh, UK. My layover is at Heathrow. Will I need to go through customs and check bags again at Heathrow before I take the next flight?
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10-hour layover in Paris: Can I (Indian citizen with US visa), visit Eiffel Tower?

I am traveling from India to US via Paris where I have layover of 9 hours. My US visa is H-1B. What visa requirement do I have in order to visit Eiffel tower. Currently I am in US.
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Long layover at Charles de Gaulle airport [closed]

I have a 23 hours layover at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. I don't have a Schengen visa. Any advice for a bit of comfort.
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Does Terminal 2E at Charles de Gaulle airport ever close?

I have a 23:30 hours layover at Paris Terminal 2E-Charles de Gaulle airport. Arriving at 2:05pm.My connecting flight is 1:35pm the next day. I heard the airport will be closed from 11:30pm to 4:30am. ...
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How long does my passport have to be valid for a layover in the US?

On Wednesday I'll be flying from Amsterdam to Canada (Saskatoon), there is a layover in the US (Minneapolis) for two hours (and obviously I'm not going to leave the airport). I know that for Canada, ...
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Heathrow change in terminal flight UK Border control check?

I am traveling from NYC to Mumbai via London. Assume my connecting flight belongs to different terminal. If I have to change terminal at Heathrow, do I need to go through UK Border control ?
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I am American with passport having layover in Istanbul for 20 hours. Do I need Visa?

I will be staying over for 20 hour layover and I was wondering if I needed to get a visa in order to leave airport and visit the city. And if I need a visa do I apply for it while I'm on the layover ...
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Can I leave the airport in London during my layover for a visit?

I am a US permanent resident but I am a Filipino citizen. I am planning to travel to the Philippines and wanted to get a ticket with a 15 hours layover in the UK. Am I allowed to go out of the airport ...
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Qatar - Doha - Lounge Options

I am traveling to Vietnam soon and will have a ~6 hour layover in Doha. Since this is quite some time to kill and my connecting flight leaves at 1am from Doha I am wondering about cheap options for ...
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Layover at Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, category A or B visa?

I am a Indian citizen in the United States on a F-1 visa. For the summer break, I am traveling (round-trip) from Chicago to New Delhi via Dusseldorf-Frankfurt by Lufthansa airlines. My onward Journey ...
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How to choose where and how long to have my layover

I would like to make a stop from the west coast of the United States to NYC, then to Berlin. I may just stop in NYC for a few days, or for up to a week -- I'm really not sure at this moment. Is ...
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Finding **cheapest** fares from a country to country/city/airport (including non-guaranteed connections)? [duplicate]

I've recently spent some time finding the cheapest fares for my journey and that got me thinking. Essentially I'm traveling UK <-> Tallinn (Estonia) anytime within the next 4 months for a week. ...
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Layover: Dubai or Doha

I'm going to book a flight to Tokyo and I have to choose between Emirates, which stops in Dubai from 6.15 am to 2.15 am Qatar Airways, which stops in Doha form 4.30 am to 12.30 am (20 hours) I ...
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When does the 24 hour layover rule apply?

I understand that most airlines have a 24 hour stopover rule which states that on an international flight if the connecting time at the intermediate point is less than 24 hours, it will count as a ...
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Forced layover in country for which you have no visa

Last night, I was in the unfortunate situation of a forced extended layover, due to a delayed flight. The airline automatically rebooked my connecting flights and booked hotel reservations, and ...
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I've got five hours in NY, what places can I visit in that time?

My flight lands around 3PM at JFK and my connecting flight departs to Orlando at 8PM in the evening. Will that give me enough time to visit one/any places in New York City?
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What historic sights can I see in Oslo on a 4 hour train layover?

During my journey through Norway at the end of August I'll have a 4 hour layover in Oslo. My train arrives on 07:04 at Oslo sentralstasjon and the train departs on 11:01 from the same station. This is ...
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Best way to sleep at Vancouver International Airport and wake up on time?

I have a layover in YVR (Vancouver international airport) from roughly 8:10 pm to 7:30 am. I don't want to spend money on a hotel or a "sleep-pod"/equivalent. I will most likely bring a sleeping bag ...
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Is layover time of 1hr and 5 min enough at Vienna International Airport to catch the next connecting flight?

I am travelling to San Francisco, and my itinerary has two layovers, first leg of the journey is from DEL(Delhi) to Vienna (layover 1 hour 5 min) the second leg is from Vienna to Frankfurt (layover 1 ...
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Where to nap in Chicago O'Hare?

I am bracing myself for a rough trip: getting up at 4AM, taking a 3 hour flight, then a 13 hour flight, with a 5.5 hour layover in between. I can almost never sleep on planes, so this trip would go ...
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What can I do in Hong Kong with a six-hour layover?

I have a layover at HK Int for 6 hours in the morning. I arrive at 6.20am and fly out at 12.50pm. Is it sensible to leave the airport and have a 'quick' look at the city? I've never been to Hong Kong.
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Daytime airport hotel at JFK?

I have a 9-hour layover at New York JFK. From 10am until 7pm (although I have to checkin at 3pm for personal reasons). This being in the middle of a 2-day travel, I would love to take a break to ...