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Extracting the core question from Panicking: Used all my Schengen days and need to transit.

I looked at https://www.aeropuertomadrid-barajas.com/transportation/connections-between-terminals.htm and the people mover needs a boarding pass which makes me wonder whether it's air side.

marked as duplicate by chx, Mark Mayo air-travel May 9 at 1:42

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This video of how to transfer between Terminal 4 and Terminal 4S seems to indicate that yes, you would clear passport control before boarding the train (see 2:02 in the video).

  • It seems that 4S is for non-Schengen flights, while 4 is mostly, but not exclusively, for Schengen flights. There's a small area of 4 for non-Schengen flights. It is conceivable that there are special arrangements for those who are unauthorized to enter the Schengen area to make the transfer without using the train. – phoog May 4 at 12:52
  • The airport website mentions an airside transit bus leaving terminal 4S but strangely it doesn't say that it stops at terminal 4. This seems like a bizarre omission when it will be mostly Iberia passengers affected. – Michael Hampton May 4 at 18:30
  • I already asked Iberia on twitter but received no answer (yet). I might DM them later. – chx May 4 at 20:42

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