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The period of time spent waiting for a connection (unlike stopover this is not chosen by the traveller).

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Do I need a visa to transit (or layover) in the Schengen area?

I found many related questions on this site but I am still not sure about the rules. How can I decide if I need a visa to transit? Schengen members as of April 2024 are as follows: Austria Belgium ...
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Is there a way to find out if I need a transit visa for a layover in the UK?

Is there a website or some other way to find out if I need a transit visa for a short stop in the UK on my way somewhere else? Ideally this should give me the answer for all nationalities, and take ...
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Do I need a transit visa for a layover in the United Arab Emirates?

Do I need a transit visa for a layover via airports in the UAE, such as Dubai International Airport or Abu Dhabi International Airport? If so, what are the requirements for such a visa? Can I get the ...
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Do I need a Turkey transit visa for a layover?

I have an Indian passport and am planning to visit Germany with a valid visa. To book a flight for Germany (Mumbai – Dusseldorf), I came across some connected flights that stop at Istanbul. Do I need ...
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When do I clear US customs and immigration if connecting at a US airport to my final destination elsewhere in the US?

I'm a British citizen travelling from London Heathrow (LHR) to the Hartford, Connecticut airport, and have a two hour stopover in Newark, New Jersey (EWR) on my itinerary. At what stage would I clear ...
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Is 1½ hours enough for a transit at Munich Airport?

I'm heading to India next week and have a connection in Munich, Germany. I made the mistake of booking a flight with only an hour and a half layover (freaking out!) and I'm wondering if I'll have to ...
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Layover at Tokyo Narita airport: can I travel outside, and what kind of visa would I need?

I am travelling from Singapore to San Francisco and the airline has a layover of 7.5 hours at Tokyo Airport (NRT). I am wondering if I would be allowed to go out to experience the city for a while in ...
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How can I determine if it is possible to check luggage during a layover?

A common desire among some travelers with long layovers is to leave the airport for a while, and perhaps do some shopping, or even buy goods in the airport. But this then often necessitates the ...
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Transit visa at Istanbul Airport, Turkey, during a Turkish Airlines arranged stopover?

Do I need a transit visa at Istanbul Airport to enter Istanbul for city sightseeing or hotel accommodation?. All services provided free by the Turkish Airline. I am Nigerian citizen and booked Turkish ...
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Checking-in bags to different destinations when flying with a layover

I am flying with an overnight layover with Swiss tomorrow. I am wondering, is it possible to check in one bag to Zurich only (so I have stuff for the night), and check another bag to the target ...
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Do I need a transit visa for Saudi Arabia?

On July 2, I will be taking a flight from Dubai, UAE, to Chennai, India, with a layover in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saudia Airline. The layover will be approximately 2.30 hours and I will not be ...
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I am American with passport having layover in Istanbul for 20 hours. Do I need Visa?

I will be staying over for 20 hour layover and I was wondering if I needed to get a visa in order to leave airport and visit the city. And if I need a visa do I apply for it while I'm on the layover ...
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Where can I take a shower at Dubai Airport?

I've got two transfers between long-haul flights coming up at DXB, and I'd like to freshen up with a shower. Information on the net is outdated and contradictory, and the official site is remarkably ...
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Do I need a visa for a connecting flight to Japan?

I'm going to the Philippines this October and would like to layover in Japan. I found a reasonably priced ticket with a 15-hour layover to Haneda, however, I have to transfer to Narita. Do I need a ...
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What does a technical stop mean in air travel?

When I look at my flight itinerary, it says that the flight includes a technical stop. What does that mean compared to a layover?
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5 hours in Amsterdam

I have a 5-hour layover at AMS on a Saturday evening (16:00-21:00), on an intra-EU itinerary to the UK. I'd like to leave the airport and have dinner in town. Is this reasonable? (From reading the ...
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In the context of air travel, are layovers different to stopovers?

In a recent question somebody asked about a layover without mentioning how long the stop would be, thus implying it might perhaps be understood whether layover generally refers to a stop not requiring ...
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What can I do in Hong Kong with a three hour layover?

I was wondering if there was anything I can do in Hong Kong for a small amount of time, aside from just hanging around in the airport. Are there nearby places reachable within 30~ minutes of ...
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Can I visit Chicago during a 5.5 hour layover in O'Hare?

I will be flying from Boston to Tokyo with a 5.5 hour morning layover in Chicago. I'm thinking of going out to the city for some late breakfast and/or sightseeing. I've never left an airport during a ...
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Layover in Frankfurt for 1h40m - is it enough? What happens otherwise?

I have a flight from Stuttgart to Frankfurt whose ETA at Frankfurt is 9:10. I have a connecting flight from Frankfurt to Chennai at 10:50. Both the flights are booked as part of the same ticket. So, ...
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Does a layover of more than 6 hours entitle me to accommodation by the airline?

I have a 23-hour-long layover in Toronto, Canada. Am I entitled to board and lodging from the airline?
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A day at Dubai International Airport and the city?

On my way to India I'm planning to stay one day in Dubai. I would arrive at 6am in the morning and leave at 3am the next day. My naive plan is to lock my backpack at the airport and then walk into ...
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Is a 7 hour layover in Paris long enough to leave the airport and sightsee?

I have a flight from St. Petersburg, Russia to Atlanta, GA with a 7 hour layover in Paris. I am travelling with two children. All of us are US citizens. We would like to get out of the airport and do ...
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Layover in Europe to the US - allowed?

Many people have asked questions on this site regarding the rules for layovers, with no definitive answers. The rules are constantly in flux and it is very difficult to get a clear answer from ...
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I'm travelling from Heathrow to Toledo in the USA with 2 connections, will I need to see to my luggage before I get to Toledo?

I'm worried as it's my first trip on my own. All my flights are American Airlines and I have connections at Raleigh/Durham and at Chicago O'Hare, however there are no terminal changes, just connection ...
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Long layover at Charles de Gaulle airport [closed]

I have a 23 hours layover at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. I don't have a Schengen visa. Any advice for a bit of comfort.
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1hr 30min layover in Ataturk Airport (Istanbul)

I found an excellent price for a flight to Chicago by Turkish airlines. My only concern is that the layover time is only 1hr 30min. Is this time sufficient to catch the next flight?
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How to get a layover longer than a few hours?

I want to visit some countries my flights transit through. I live in Pakistan and flights to America often transit through the UK or Europe. Flights to Europe mostly transit from Middle East. I assume ...
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Are laws about sex outside marriage less rigorously enforced in Dubai for people on layovers?

Last night, I saw on the news that Qantas was switching its main hub from Singapore to Dubai. (Qantas has since switched back to Singapore) Smart Traveller notes about the United Arab Emirates: ...
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7 hour layover in LHR - enough time to visit London for a couple of hours?

My flight lands around noon at LHR terminal 5 and my connecting flight departs also from terminal 5 at 7pm the same afternoon. Will that give me enough time to take the express train into London (...
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Is 1.5 hours of a layover time in Dubai practical?

I plan to fly from Bangalore (India) to Dubai and then to San Francisco, all on the Emirates Airline. I have an option of a 1.5 hour layover in Dubai. I'm wondering if this is sufficient time to ...
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Do layovers count in the 90-in-180 Schengen rule?

Suppose someone on the 90 of 180 rule leaves Schengen on the 90th day. Then less than 90 days later, they have a flight with one or more layovers in a Schengen country. Does it get counted if it's ...
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Do I have to go through customs, recheck my bag, etc. during my Heathrow layover?

I am flying from New York to Nairobi, Kenya, with a layover at Heathrow. Both flights are on the same itinerary with British Airways (i.e. it was booked as a flight from New York to Nairobi). They ...
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Checking in a new bag during a layover

I will have a 10 hour layover in Seoul (ICN) and I want to go out and do some shopping. Is it possible to check in a bag during my layover? I will be traveling on Korean Air. I will only have 1 ...
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Can I leave the airport during an international layover if I am not 18 years old?

I am traveling to Seville, Spain with a friend for a study abroad program but the flight we found has a 23 hour layover in Dusseldorf, Germany. However, I am 16 and she is 17. According to my research,...
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Flying over country from which you are deported

A Swedish national was deported from Denmark today. This is a very extraordinary case, since citizens of Nordic countries are usually free to travel without any documents within the Nordic Passport ...
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Visiting a lounge in T1 at Dubai International Airport, during a layover at T3?

For an upcoming trip, I have a layover of 2.5 hours in Dubai. Both flights are with Emirates, and arrive / leave from Terminal 3. As the first flight is overnight, I'll want to freshen up, and a ...
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Is there anything to do during an 8 hour after-midnight layover in Dubai?

We are planning a trip with an 8 hour layover in Dubai spanning from 1am-9am. I am thinking about going to see the city, but is it worth it to do it given the very late night hours? Will at least the ...
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Can I leave O'Hare airport during my layover?

I am flying into Chicago tomorrow and have a 5.5 hour layover. I am arriving from Holland and flying to Canada afterwards. Is this possible?
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Do you need a visa to transit Abu Dhabi airport?

I'm flying Etihad Airways to Melbourne and I've a 14 hours layover at Abu Dhabi. Some say that as long as you are inside the airport terminal you don't require a transit visa while some say you need ...
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Can I stay overnight [15-hour layover] in Haneda airport without a Japan visa?

I’m a Filipino citizen. My flight goes from Vancouver to Manila via Tokyo Haneda. I will arrive in Japan at 6pm then depart at 9am the next day. I'm not planning to go out of the airport during my ...
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How does the CDC define an overnight stay?

I read this quote from the CDC reported by jcaron: If I have one or more connecting flights to the US, does the 3-day period apply to the first flight or the last one? Do I need to get another test ...
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Given a flight path with one or several layovers, how do I know at which layover(s) I have to retrieve my checked luggage?

Given a flight path with one or several layovers, how do I know at which layover(s) I have to retrieve my checked luggage? I know that I can ask the check-in front desk that gives me the boarding ...
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How does the CDC decide whether an itinerary **requires** an overnight connection?

I read this quote from the CDC reported by jcaron: If I have one or more connecting flights to the US, does the 3-day period apply to the first flight or the last one? Do I need to get another test ...
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Iberia changed my flight and I now have a 24+ hour layover in Madrid, what are my rights?

I have been researching this for some time now, but can't seem to find a definite answer to my worries. In May '15 I booked a ticket through a travel agent for the trip: Rio de Janeiro-->Madrid, ...
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What can I do at Haneda airport for 8 hours in the evening?

I have an 8 hour layover at Haneda Airport from 5pm to 1am, what can I do during this time? I would like to get out and see a bit of the area, so thinking if there is a tour or something that would ...
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Visiting Frankfurt on a 3-hour layover

We have a 3 hour layover in Frankfurt, on the way to Rome. My husband wants to leave to get a bite to eat and see a small part of the city. Will we have enough time? Is this a smart idea?
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Carrying semi-solid food in flights?

My father is a Vegetarian and a frequent traveler. Due to this it sometimes becomes difficult for him to get a well-balanced diet on flights and airports. Since he travels quite often, he eats ...
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Are 7 hours enough time to leave the Brussels airport and go to the city center?

I have a seven hour layover at Brussels airport, and I'd like to know whether there is enough time to leave the airport and go into the Brussels city center for a beer or a meal? If so, what ...
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What can I do in Hong Kong with a six-hour layover?

I have a layover at HK Int for 6 hours in the morning. I arrive at 6.20am and fly out at 12.50pm. Is it sensible to leave the airport and have a 'quick' look at the city? I've never been to Hong Kong.
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