I bought a ticket from KLM, I'm travelling back from Ireland to Germany, non EU citizen and only have a 40 minute layover. Is this possible? I had initially assumed this would be similar to a intra schengen flight, but I think there would be passport control since Ireland is not in Schengen, but only EU (I do hold a visa to Ireland and a residency in Germany), so would 40 minutes be about OK to make this connection?

  • There is a special area for the passport control which only transfer passengers will use, as I never have transfered at AMS, I can not tell you how long the wait will be.
    – Willeke
    Feb 10, 2020 at 18:13

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On the airport website it clearly states you will need to pass through passport control:

Standard passport control at Schiphol

When travelling from Schiphol to a non-Schengen country, you have to pass through Passport Control. Your passport is also checked when you arrive from a non-Schengen country. These checks are carried out by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, a branch of the Dutch armed forces with police powers.

Passport control is usually sped up by KLM.

If your flight is delayed by a little bit it is quite likely you will miss the connection. In some cases, KLM may hold the flight a bit if a lot of passengers are transferring (bear in mind this is their hub).

A personal suggestion, don't book the latest flight fro AMS-Germany so if your flight is delayed you don't have to stay in a hotel overnight like I did.

It is doable though, so your choice.

  • When you missed your flight, did the airline do all the hotel+rebooking etc. Was it because of a flight delay or just because of immigration delay? If it's the latter is the airline responsible for rebooking you?
    – xworder
    Feb 10, 2020 at 18:29
  • @xworder it was a combination of both, yes the hotel and new flight was rebooked
    – Xnero
    Feb 10, 2020 at 18:30
  • so my question is if the flight does almost land on time, and the passport control gets delayed, is the airline responsible for rebooking?
    – xworder
    Feb 10, 2020 at 18:32
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    @DaniilManokhin This answer is wrong. OP needs to clear passport control because they're entering the Schengen Area
    – Crazydre
    Feb 10, 2020 at 18:41
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    @guest yes I was, see here: travel.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6473/…
    – Xnero
    Feb 10, 2020 at 19:05

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