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A list of airports serving SkyTeam, and whether they have an immigration fast lane on the inbound (if relevant), or a security fast lane on the outbound, and who can gain access.

When travelling entirely within the Schengen zone, there are no immigration controls so the "inbound" column is not relevant.

American airports with SkyPriority are documented by Delta so are not presently included in this list.

If anything more than a valid boarding pass or FF card is needed to gain access to the lane, it will be noted.

Please amend and correct the list according to your experiences.

Airport code Inbound? Outbound? Notes

Africa

CPT No No
JNB No No
NBO Yes Yes Including separate security screening at the entrance to the terminal
MRU Inbound priority lane at immigration (no strict enforcement). Outbound priority lane for immigration which leads to fast track security.
LOS No Yes.
RAK No inbound fast track, but outbound priority lane for security and immigration on the right hand of normal security entrance

Americas / Carribeans
US airports : no priority lane at immigration on arrival. There are usually (but not always) priority lanes for security on departure, but those are usually a joke as they all lead to the TSA agent checking ID and BP and then all lanes are mixed.
EZE No Yes, Only for immigration and not for security
FDF Not applicable Yes, all elites
GIG No. No
MEX Unknown Yes, all elites
PUJ No Yes
SDQ No No Lounge invite required
SXM No No
YUL No Yes (Sky Priority eligible pax)

Asia Pacific
BKK J only J only, but all elites travelling on KL pass required. See post and replies.
HKG No No
HND No No for immigration, yes for security (only for P pax & FB gold/plat)
ICN No No
KIX No Unknown
PUS No No
PVG No Yes, all elites
SGN No No
SIN No (immigration) No (immigration), Yes (security at gate). Exception for immigration for P pax : private immigration counter provided by C.I.P. Lounge.

Europe

France

BES No No
BOD No Yes
CDG Yes Yes
LRH : No No
LRT : No No
LYS No Yes
MPL No Yes
MRS No Yes (Hall 4)
NCE No Yes
NTE No No
ORY (west terminal) No Yes
RNS No No
SXB n/a No
TLS No Yes, all terminals (automatic gates)
UIP : No No

Germany
DUS No Yes, all elites
HAJ Na Yes (SkyP based on signs but often closed)
HAM No Yes
MUC Unknown Yes, all elites
TXL No No
NUE No Yes, Elite+/J only

Ireland
DUB No Yes

Italy
BLQ Unknown Yes, Elite+/J only (?)
CAG No Yes (2019 - Only when flying AF/KL though, denied with AZ flight/ticket)
FCO NA Yes Sky Priority
LIN NA Yes (Sky Priority)
MXP NA Yes (SkyPriority)

Spain
AGP Unknown No
BCN n/a Yes
BIO No No
MAD Unknown Yes, all elites (Security fastlane in T2 --> Follow VIP Controls signage)
VLC No No (there is a fast track lane at security, but it seems restricted to families with children, pregnant women, etc)

United Kingdom
BHX NA Yes Sky Priority 2 Access Points
BRS No Yes (Business class + eliteplus only)
GLA No Yes (Boarding pass showing Sky Priority is sufficient)
EDI No Yes (Boarding pass showing Sky Priority is sufficient)
LBA No Yes, all elites
LCY No No
LHR (T4) No Yes
MAN No Yes, Elite+/J only
NWI No Yes but pointless - Sky Priority members have to queue at airport information desk to get Airport Development Fee ticket with special bar code

All others
AMS No Yes, all elites
ARN No Yes, all elites
ATH No Yes
BLL No Yes
BRU Unknown Yes Terminal A
BUD Unknown Yes, all elites
CPH Unknown Yes, all elites
DUB Unknown J only
EIN No No
GDN NA, Yes. "SkyPriority" on BP is not enough, they require membership card
GOT Unknown Yes
GVA No Yes
HAM Unknown Yes
HEL N/A, Yes
IST SP-signed lane, but SAV card required SP-signed lane, but SAV card required The rules of this airport are not clear. See post. See also update May 2015 here
LED No No
OSL NA Yes
OTP No No
PRG Inbound / Outbound immigration: Yes / Security : Yes - SkyPriority (Automatic Gates for departures)
SVG Unknown Yes
SVO No No
TUN No Yes for immigration on departure, No for security
VIE NA Yes, all elites
WAW NA Yes Sky Priority 2 Access Points
ZRH Unknown Yes, all elites

Middle-East
BEY : No (immigration arrival) / No (security both pre and post check-in) / No (immigration departure)
DOH Unknown Yes, all elites
DXB No No for J Pax. P pax are escorted.
JED No Yes
MCT No Yes (Old terminal, tbc for the new)
RUH Yes Yes, Terminal 1, inbound Priority queue at far left of the immigration hall but not particularly quick. For STE+, J
TLV No Yes for pre-checkin security (Both Sky Priority and C pax), post check-in security (Metal Detector/X-ray) for only C pax (not for Elites/Elites+)
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Old Mar 23, 13, 10:10 am
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After having experienced some difficulties to get through the fast lane to immigration controls (after landing) at Istanbul airport, I think it would be useful to share your experiences at different airports around the world.

AIRPORT:

Is there any immigration/security fast lane:

Inbound:

Outbound:

Other comments (for example, is a specific fast lane document required, to be asked at check-in, etc):

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Fast lane (after landing) for immigration controls : dedicated fast lane indicated for SkyPriority passengers (but you have to negotiate as a document - did not understand which one - is required to get access to the fast lane )
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(but you have to negotiate as a document - did not understand which one - is required to get access to the fast lane )

French nationals are exempt from requiring a visa to enter TURKEY - one of the few nations who do not need to buy a visa on arrival. I suspect that the "document" you are referring to was whatever agent's attempt to show that most people need to get in line to buy a visa before they can join the line (fast track or normal) to pass through immigration.

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French nationals are exempt from requiring a visa to enter France
I'm glad this is indeed the case
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I suspect that the "document" you are referring to was whatever agent's attempt to show that most people need to get in line to buy a visa before they can join the line (fast track or normal) to pass through immigration.
Are you sure?

Why didn't she ask where I came from?

The situation was really embarrassing. I was the first to get off the plane and when I arrived at the immigration control, there was a huge queue (and it was late in the evening).

I was happy to see that there was a fast lane for SkyPriority passengers (with some other airlines), but when I arrived at the end of the lane, the lady repeated : "Have you [some document]. Ticket does not matter!!"

Everybody was complaining, and we showed the SkyPriority sign, but she repeated : "Ticket does not matter! You must have [the document]!". When I asked where can I get it, she did not reply.

She asked her supervisor to come. 5 minutes after some other people complaing, she said: "How many are you? ok, go!"
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I'm glad this is indeed the case
Well once I had a French stamp for immigration entry on my French passport by a policewoman who was not exactly focused on her job.
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I was happy to see that there was a fast lane for SkyPriority passengers (with some other airlines), but when I arrived at the end of the lane, the lady repeated : "Have you [some document]. Ticket does not matter!!"
Your Flying Blue Elite card?
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Your Flying Blue Elite card?
No, she showed me some little pink/red piece of paper.

Nobody in the line was understanding what she really wanted.
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Istanbul International Airport

Is there any immigration/security fast lane:
YES

Inbound:
Despite the SkyPriority sign, you need a TAV primeclass Fast Track Card (you can only get it at IST airport, so ask for one at AF check-in ciunter for your next flight

Outbound:
Same story. Despite the SkyPriority sign, you need to ask for a TAV card at check-in counter.
"Fast track has nothing to do with SkyPriority" said again and again the lady at Fast Track control, despite the SP sign and the fact that you can get a card at check-in as Skyteam Elite Plus

The AF supervisor did not know about the issue (and did not even know that there is a SkyPriority logo at the entry of the Fast Track).
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Allright, here it goes for Athens:

Is there any immigration/security fast lane:
YES

Inbound:
Not sure. The only flight this would apply to is the RO flight(s), as they are not in Shengen. Delta stopped their ATH service afaik. For Shengen flights there is no need (No control).

Outbound:
Yes there is. Loyalty card won't help you at the security checkpoint though, the correct procedure is to get a lounge invitation at check-in, and have your boarding pass stamped for fast-track access at the lounge.
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I've used the fast track at IST many times. The guard there just wants to see some kind of evidence that you aren't just some bum off the street. I've never had a problem using that lane even when flying economy.

I love the Access 1 at CDG and wish they had something like that at AMS. I'm about to fly to AMS and I'll have to stand in the generic line with all the tourists.
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I've used the fast track at IST many times. The guard there just wants to see some kind of evidence that you aren't just some bum off the street. I've never had a problem using that lane even when flying economy.

I love the Access 1 at CDG and wish they had something like that at AMS. I'm about to fly to AMS and I'll have to stand in the generic line with all the tourists.
Stimpy, on the inbound immigration line at IST, where is the fast track line in relation to the main immigration entrance? I've never noticed it. And you just needed your boarding pass that listed your status, or did you have something else, e.g. what nicolas75 indicated? I've been given a pass at AF check-in to use expedited security/immigration when leaving IST, but didn't know there was something available when entering.
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IST also has a fast track lane for business class passengers at transit security.

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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
Last edited by irishguy28; Mar 23, 13 at 1:53 pm.. Reason: Because France = Turkey
OT, but I'm sure this reason for edit could get many knickers in a knot ....



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Stimpy, on the inbound immigration line at IST, where is the fast track line in relation to the main immigration entrance? I've never noticed it. And you just needed your boarding pass that listed your status, or did you have something else, e.g. what nicolas75 indicated? I've been given a pass at AF check-in to use expedited security/immigration when leaving IST, but didn't know there was something available when entering.
You walk all the way down to the end at the last booth for business class. IME a business class BP, or economy BP with elite status, or just a white man in a suit is all it takes. But the decision seems to be arbitrary so no guarantees.
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