I'm travelling using a booked Etihad ticket from London to Abu Dhabi with transfer in Rome. I'll arrive at FCO at terminal 3 at 20h30, and I'll depart from FCO terminal 1 at 22h00. I have been told by Etihad that they will handle checked luggage through. What is the walking time between these terminals and are there security checks required?

  • Still trying to understand if a Schengen or any type of transit visa required, See many responses which refer to USA departures and arrivals but what of a transfer from London to Abu Dhabi with a South African passport. If on a single Etihad ticket with luggage checked through all the way to Johannesburg, do the passengers require visas when moving from Terminal 3 to 1 in Rome? Jun 4, 2017 at 2:58
  • Regarding your visa question, see Do I need a visa to transit (or layover) in the Schengen area?
    – mts
    Jun 5, 2017 at 10:29
  • Thanks question answered in the referred question: Do I need a visa to transit (or layover) in the Schengen area? – mts Jun 6, 2017 at 3:05
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    Possible duplicate of Do I need a visa to transit (or layover) in the Schengen area? Note that OP has commented that the link @mts provided answers the question.
    – Giorgio
    Jun 7, 2017 at 15:52
  • I asked the airline the questions as well and they eventually answered: Note that no need for transit visa at FCO airport as long as you have connecting flight and 90minutes is ok to connect to another flight. Jun 12, 2017 at 5:06

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In my experience, and with your luggage checked through as mine was, the 1.5 hour time should be sufficient. Walking from 3 to 1 is a bit circuitous and there are security checks, but it is well signed. Our connection was much tighter than yours, 50 minutes, and we made it with only a slight bottleneck in the security line. Our arrival was mid-morning, which can be busier than when you'll land at FCO. I found the terminal maps helpful to navigate from Terminal 3 arrivals to the departures in Terminal 1. FCO also has a live flight tracking tool which you can use to double check your arrival and departure gates and times.

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