I am writing this post in an attempt to hear real life experiences regarding this Amsterdam transit situation.
Just for the record, I have read many posts from this website - upwards of 200 - and I found precious information. But, still, I would love for you to give your opinion on this matter.
Alright. I have an upcoming trip from Brazil to Zagreb, Croatia, and one 3-hour layover at Amsterdam Schiphol. Of course before booking, I went and searched information regarding covid-19 restrictions as well as visas and such, I went on KLMs website, TravelDoc, The Netherlands Government website too and realized that yes, I would be able to transit the airport, but not enter Netherlands.
However, yesterday it just occurred to me that I didn't know for SURE that the flight Amsterdam - > Zagreb would be within the non-Schengen airport area. It doesn't make sense otherwise, but I have hotel, travel insurance and other plane tickets booked, I wanted to make sure. And so I started a search craze and went on the KLMs website again. I also went as far as checking which gates both the flight arriving in AMS and leaving AMS use. The flight Sao Paulo - Amsterdam usually arrives at terminals E and F, while the flight Amsterdam - Zagreb leaves from gate D5 to D14. From what I saw, E and F are non-Schengen, and D is mixed.
Now, what is really confusing to me is that the Schiphol Airport website says the following:
"COVID-19 info about transfers If you are transferring on a connecting flight to a non-Schengen or non-EU destination, and you stay in the transfer area at Schiphol and depart within 48 hours, make sure you have a valid flight ticket and travel documents. You must be able to prove that you are in transit. If you change to a connecting flight to a Schengen country or destination within the EU, you will be subject to Dutch entry policy."
Interestingly enough, even The Netherlands Government website appears to make this confusion:
"Transit, transfer You are travelling through the Netherlands to a non-EU country. You must prove that you have a connecting flight to a country outside the Schengen area. The connecting flight must depart within 48 hours of your arrival in Amsterdam. You must not leave the airport’s international transit zone in this period."
It seems to me that they are using EU and Schengen interchangeably, and that makes no sense, because Croatia is non-Schengen. Am I losing my marbles or they are really wrong on this one?
Has anyone here transited through Amsterdam similarly to my situation? Any experienced traveler with experiences to share? Am I in the clear?