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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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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Iberia changed my flight and I now have a 24+ hour layover in Madrid, what are my rights?

I have been researching this for some time now, but can't seem to find a definite answer to my worries. In May '15 I booked a ticket through a travel agent for the trip: Rio de Janeiro-->Madrid, ...
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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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Can I leave Gatwick (London) airport and explore the city as a US citizen?

I have a 7 hour layover in Gatwick and I wanted to explore the city during that time. I have a US passport if that helps.
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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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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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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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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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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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Air travel layovers: How to prolong them to see the city?

Say I wanna go Malaga to Rio and the search engine offers me several options with layover at Paris CDG ranging from one to five hours. Is there any way to tweak the results to have at least 14 hours ...
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Is it feasible to visit Malaysia on an 18 hour overnight layover in Singapore?

I will be arriving in Singapore around 2:30 PM. I'd like to know if it's feasible to visit Malaysia during this time. I won't fly out until 9:30 the next morning. If so, are there any ...
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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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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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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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What can I do in Hong Kong with a three hour layover?

I was wondering if there was anything I can do in Hong Kong for a small amount of time, aside from just hanging around in the airport. Are there nearby places reachable within 30~ minutes of ...
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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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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 to spend 1am to 7am in NYC port authority

I am returning home for thanksgiving and am doing so by bus. I have bought my ticket and apparently my bus will arrive at the New York city port authority Bus terminal ( 625 8th Ave, New York, NY ...
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Can I get high before I fly out of the Mile High city?

I've got a longish layover (let's say, for arguments sake, just shy of four and a half hours...) at Denver airport between two domestic flights. Given the newly legal state of Marijuana in the state, ...
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What should I do/visit in Qatar for 8 hours?

I was planning to visit Oslo, Norway with Qatar Airways with a cheap priced ticket. But it's necessary to wait about 8hours for the transfer at Qatar International Airport. What should I do/visit in ...
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Transfering between Terminal A to terminal C at Newark airport

What is faster, the united airline bus shuttle or the airtran from terminal A to terminal C at Newark Airport? I am connecting a flight and the time is 1 hour. Both Airlines are United.
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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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Layover at Vienna for 6 hours - enough for some sightseeing?

In a week I'll be travelling from Sofia to Copenhagen, but with a transit through Vienna. I'll be arriving at 9:00 and my next flight is at 15:15, which makes a total of 6h15m. I thought this could be ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Is a bullet train from Tokyo to Mount Fuji feasible in a 15 hour layover?

I have a 15 hour layover in Tokyo, which arrives at 8:35 AM, and doesn't depart until 12:35 AM the next day. I was wondering if it would be feasible to take a bullet train to Mount Fuji, and back and ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Can I leave the airport during an international layover if I am not 18 years old?

I am traveling to Seville, Spain with a friend for a study abroad program but the flight we found has a 23 hour layover in Dusseldorf, Germany. However, I am 16 and she is 17. According to my ...
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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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How does customs work if my layover is in a third country?

I want to fly from the US to Israel and am looking at a flight with a layover in Canada (PIT -> YYZ -> TLV). How does customs work on such a multi-country trip? Do I have to go through the process ...
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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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Can I leave the Helsinki airport on a layover, as an American

I have a 24 hr layover in Helsinki. I am traveling in a US passport. Can I leave the airport, check into a hotel, and take a bus into the city?
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Sleeping options for ~9 hour stop over at Abu Dhabi International airport

A long trip I will be taking in the future has a stop over of approximately 9 hours at Abu Dhabi International airport, from about midnight through to 9am. Specifically I am interested in the best ...
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Visiting Helsinki during 5h wait between flights

Is it realistic to do a quick visit to Helsinki, if I have 5h waiting time between flights? If so, what kind of transport should I take and what is the landmark mostly worth seeing?
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I have a 16 hour layover in Morocco - can I leave the airport and go back in through customs?

I am a US citizen traveling from New York to Ghana. I have a 16 hour layover in Morocco and want to make sure that if I leave the airport I will be allowed to go back through customs to board my last ...
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Checking in a new bag during a layover

I will have a 10 hour layover in Seoul (ICN) and I want to go out and do some shopping. Is it possible to check in a bag during my layover? I will be traveling on Korean Air. I will only have 1 ...
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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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Do I have to go through customs, recheck my bag, etc. during my Heathrow layover?

I am flying from New York to Nairobi, Kenya, with a layover at Heathrow. Both flights are on the same itinerary with British Airways (i.e. it was booked as a flight from New York to Nairobi). They ...
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10 hour over night layover in Zurich

Firstly, does Zurich airport allow you to sleep over night in the departure area? (My layover is the middle of winter so I don't want to be sleeping outside.) If not, what is my cheapest option for ...
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Can I leave O'Hare airport during my layover?

I am flying into Chicago tomorrow and have a 5.5 hour layover. I am arriving from Holland and flying to Canada afterwards. Is this possible?
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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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Checking-in bags to different destinations when flying with a layover

I am flying with an overnight layover with Swiss tomorrow. I am wondering, is it possible to check in one bag to Zurich only (so I have stuff for the night), and check another bag to the target ...