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I am traveling from Canada to Amsterdam with single entry Schengen visa. I have booked return flight to Dubai in the middle of the trip for some work: AMS > Dubai > AMS. Then I will fly back to Canada from Amsterdam.

Wanted to ask if I can take the return flight to Canada since I would have exited Schengen area already for Dubai. Not sure if I can enter again and take my flight to Canada

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    Without citizenship and residence status in Canada hard to answer. Didn't you inform them of your travel intention when making the application? Commented Jan 26, 2020 at 21:12
  • Without a Schengen visa you won't be able to re-enter the Schengen area a second time when you return to Amsterdam. However, you might be able to transit at Amsterdam without a visa if you remain in the airside part of the terminal. That depends on your citizenship and residence status in Canada.
    – user105640
    Commented Jan 26, 2020 at 22:04
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    What’s your citizenship? What’s your status in Canada? Would the two flights from Dubai to Amsterdam and from Amsterdam to Canada be on the same ticket, or booked separately?
    – jcaron
    Commented Jan 26, 2020 at 22:21
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    Dubai ticket was booked separately, I planned that trip later on :( I have canadian PR, that’s my status in Canada
    – Travel-ams
    Commented Jan 26, 2020 at 23:15
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    It’s a 6 hour wait at the airport, and planning to stay at the airport. But these two flights were booked separately. It’s not like a connecting flight situation. I’ll have to collect my luggage and hence pass through passport control/immigration. And then take my next flight again (could be from another terminal)
    – Travel-ams
    Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 9:57

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With a single-entry Schengen visa you cannot re-enter the Schengen area as a visitor once you have left it by flying to Dubai.

You are permitted to transit the Schengen area without a visa since you hold a valid visa for Canada. However for this to work you must fulfil some strict conditions:

  • You cannot pass through immigration in Amsterdam. You cannot collect luggage, including anything left in Amsterdam, and you will have to make arrangements for any luggage from your Dubai flight to be transferred to you Canada flight.
  • You will have to convince boarding staff in Dubai that you will be able to transit in Amsterdam, otherwise they will not let you board the flight.

For more details see the answer to this question.

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    Could there be a problem if the OP has checked bags? Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 5:11
  • Hi, thank you for your response. My concern was mainly if my situation is considered as transit or not. Since these two flights are completely different, and booked at different times. I’ll be back in Amsterdam from dubai, will collect my luggage, (hence will pass through passport control). Probably will have to go to another terminal or so, and take the flight for Toronto. Reading on internet, it doesn’t look like it is considered as a transit.
    – Travel-ams
    Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 9:55
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    One issue is that the Airline you booked the AMS - Dubai - AMS flights on will consider you as having Amsterdam as final destination, and will thus see that you have a Schengen visa. Without it they may not allow you to board. Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 10:45
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    That’s my guess too. I’ll try changing my flight from dubai to toronto directly, would cost me more but it’s safer, right?
    – Travel-ams
    Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 11:39
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    Are both your bookings with the same airline (or airlines from the same alliance). Look if you can connect the bookings. That way your Dubai - Amsterdam - Toronto flight would become a true transit through Amsterdam, and that would not be an issue. Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 13:00
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In a comment, you wrote

I’ll be back in Amsterdam from dubai, will collect my luggage, (hence will pass through passport control).

To go through passport control, you need a valid Schengen visa, type C or D. (An airport transit visa, type A, does not allow the bearer to pass through passport control, and there is no longer a type B visa.)

Your single entry Schengen visa will no longer be valid because you will have used it already for one entry. Therefore, you cannot make this trip unless you get a new visa.

The above analysis assumes that you are not eligible for visa-free entry into the Schengen area. This is a reasonable assumption given your single entry visa.

In practice, if you try this trip without getting another visa, you can expect that the airline will not permit you to board the flight from Dubai to Amsterdam.

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