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Tips and ideas on how to best spend a layover at Amsterdam Schiphol AMS airport. Got a favorite quiet place to connect to wifi? A great bar or restaurant? Maybe an exhibit or a walk? Share your AMS Airport layover experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.

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  • 20 hr delay in Amsterdam, do I need visa??
    Jul 16, 2014
    I will be arriving in AMS and have a 20 hr delay and I will be taking a hotel room near the airport. Do I need to pick up my luggage and also get a visa to enter Amsterdam? I am a US citizen and flying KLM throughout the entire flight.


    US Citizens do not need a visa to visit the Netherlands. But yes, you will have to pick up your luggage and re-check it the next day.


  • What to do with baggage?
    Jan 13, 2014
    We have an 11 hour layover in AMS. Do I claim my luggage between connecting flights? If I want to tour a bit what do I do with my luggage? Is there a place to store the bags in the airport? How much time do I need to allow in the airport to make my connecting flight (9pm)


    Where are you coming from and where are you going? Did you buy all your tickets together or separately?


    We are coming from LAX to TLV. We are flying KLM the whole way. The tickets were purchased in 1 transaction


    You will not have to claim your baggage in Amsterdam. Here is a good description of what to do during your layover:


  • Still have to go through passport contro
    Apr 29, 2013
    thanks for the response. It is a relief not to worry about the luggage, I assume we still have to go through passport control. Is 1 hr transfer time sufficient?


    Italy and the Netherlands are both in Schengen so there is no passport control when you go between them. There will just be security at the gate.


  • Can I leave AMS with a 4 hour layover?
    Oct 17, 2012
    My first flight is from RDU (USA) to BLL (Denmark) and I have a 4 hour layover. Am I allowed to leave the airport during my layover? If yes, how much time to I need to be there before my next flight? I am carrying my luggage (not checking any), so if I leave the airport will I have to go through customs or just security? Also, On the way home (from NBO (Nairobi) to RDU (USA)) I have a 1 hour layover in AMS. Is that enough time to catch my next plane? Thanks!


    Your itinerary seems to be: departing RDU to BLL, to AMS, to NBO - if so, you need to go through Danish immigration procedure, as you are an international arrival there. While Billund Airport is only 2 miles from the city, once you leave the secured area, you will have to go through security check on re-entering the terminal. Billund has a King Amlet Lounge - passengers on scheduled flights can use it at a fee. For Amsterdam Airport I strongly recommend that you open and click on "Terminal Map" under QUICK LINKS, then scroll down to the detailed text for terminals, airlines & connections. As to "not checking any luggage" - you are only allowed a carry-on bag which will either fit under your legs or in the overhead compartment of your plane. Anything else needs to be checked in. Check with your airlines for baggage charges for each piece of luggage, size and weight.


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