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Old Nov 15, 17, 7:15 pm
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I'll be taking the family to Rome for thanksgiving flying ATL, Ewr, AMS, FCO ( cheap flight). In Amsterdam Will we have to go through passport controls and if so is there a Sky Prority line I can use as a Delta Gold?

also I'm I correct that I can access the lounges with my wife as DL Gold on all legs?

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Old Nov 15, 17, 9:13 pm
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I'll be taking the family to Rome for thanksgiving flying ATL, Ewr, AMS, FCO ( cheap flight). In Amsterdam Will we have to go through passport controls
Yes.

and if so is there a Sky Prority line I can use as a Delta Gold?
Yes. Apparently not, according to others. There was every time I went through AMS before, but it’s been several years.

also I'm I correct that I can access the lounges with my wife as DL Gold on all legs?

thanks
Yes.

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Old Nov 15, 17, 9:21 pm
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If there is a Priority line at AMS Schengen immigration, I've never seen it before. The only priority line that I've seen is the quick connect line if you have a short connection time.

If there's one that I've been missing all this time, please correct me, as I'd love to use it!
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Old Nov 15, 17, 9:26 pm
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Originally Posted by tuono07 View Post
I'll be taking the family to Rome for thanksgiving flying ATL, Ewr, AMS, FCO ( cheap flight). In Amsterdam Will we have to go through passport controls and if so is there a Sky Prority line I can use as a Delta Gold?

also I'm I correct that I can access the lounges with my wife as DL Gold on all legs?

thanks
A word of advice to keep an eye on the inbound aircraft for EWR-AMS. I don't know what DL's problem is with that flight, but in my experience, it has been *perennially* delayed, and if the inbound is late, the EWR ground crew seems to be totally unable to make up any time on the turn (and often, the aircraft manages to push back with more of a delay than the inbound arrived with). It's not usually anything major, often only to the tune of 30-40 mins, but enough where I've had to sprint through AMS to make my connection on KL more times than I've cared to (if I don't miss it entirely).
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Old Nov 15, 17, 9:30 pm
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If there is a Priority line at AMS Schengen immigration, I've never seen it before.
There used to be a SkyPriority lane going from Schengen (B/C high-number-D gates) to non-Schengen (E/F/G and low-D gates), but there isn't any more.

From a Newark arrival to a Florence departure you go through passport control to the B/C gates (just follow the signs to B/C - - and high-number-D). With a U.S. passport you have to go through the "All Passport" queue (as opposed to the EU queue.) This can be a real slog, or it can be a breeze. Sometimes there are multiple queues open, and you have to keep a sharp eye out for where the most All Passport booths are open, though most of the time you just line up and wait for things to flow.
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There is definitely no Sky Priority immigration line between the Schengen and non-Schengen sides.
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Old Nov 15, 17, 9:44 pm
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There used to be a SkyPriority lane going from Schengen (B/C high-number-D gates) to non-Schengen (E/F/G and low-D gates), but there isn't any more.

From a Newark arrival to a Florence departure you go through passport control to the B/C gates (just follow the signs to B/C - - and high-number-D). With a U.S. passport you have to go through the "All Passport" queue (as opposed to the EU queue.) This can be a real slog, or it can be a breeze. Sometimes there are multiple queues open, and you have to keep a sharp eye out for where the most All Passport booths are open, though most of the time you just line up and wait for things to flow.
I've done this transit a number of times and it's never been fun. No priority line and it always takes longer than it seems it should. But you'll be fine. Don't worry about it. AMS is pretty easy, in general.
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Old Nov 16, 17, 1:43 am
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i was able to use the e-gates w/ a US passport when i transferred through AMS last month (though in fact i think this took a bit longer than the booths as the lines there were very short at that time)

i'll be passing through again tomorrow evening, will see if it's the same -- i've been turned away for the e-gates in the past even though the sign shows US passports as eligible

[sorry, this is for schengen to non-schengen (so perhaps for your return, if you're flying back through AMS) -- are the e-gates the other way? i can't remember...]

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Old Nov 16, 17, 3:06 am
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I'm lucky that my mom is Swedish, so every time I'm in Amsterdam I use my EU passport to transfer from the Schengen to the Non-Schengen side of the airport using the self-immigration lane. But on the way back since US passports are eligible for the self-immigration lane I use that one.

Guess that doesn't help you much though xD
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Old Nov 16, 17, 5:08 am
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Originally Posted by Cory6188 View Post
A word of advice to keep an eye on the inbound aircraft for EWR-AMS. I don't know what DL's problem is with that flight, but in my experience, it has been *perennially* delayed, and if the inbound is late, the EWR ground crew seems to be totally unable to make up any time on the turn (and often, the aircraft manages to push back with more of a delay than the inbound arrived with). It's not usually anything major, often only to the tune of 30-40 mins, but enough where I've had to sprint through AMS to make my connection on KL more times than I've cared to (if I don't miss it entirely).
This. Had a nice 5+ hour delay and missed our connection to JRO that was 1x/day.
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Originally Posted by Cory6188 View Post
If there is a Priority line at AMS Schengen immigration, I've never seen it before. The only priority line that I've seen is the quick connect line if you have a short connection time.

If there's one that I've been missing all this time, please correct me, as I'd love to use it!
There is always Privium, you need to go to the special Privium gates at every border control at Schiphol. Fast (security) and border clearance.
Also currently no guests allowed at certain times by KLM @AMS;

As of 1 June 2017 until March 2019 from 07:30 to 11:00 hours (peak hours) the following entry rules apply:

* Lounge vouchers are not accepted.
* Staff and Duty travel customers are not accepted
* Guests of Flying Blue Platinum and Flying Blue Gold and SkyTeam Elite Plus members are only accepted outside peak hours
* Guests of Ultimate, Skipper and C2000 customers are accepted
* Customers travelling to a Schengen destination can make use of the KLM Schengen Crown Lounge (25) instead.

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Old Nov 16, 17, 11:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Grouchy View Post
There is always Privium, you need to go to the special Privium gates at every border control at Schiphol. Fast (security) and border clearance.
Also currently no guests allowed at certain times by KLM @AMS;

As of 1 June 2017 until March 2019 from 07:30 to 11:00 hours (peak hours) the following entry rules apply:

* Lounge vouchers are not accepted.
* Staff and Duty travel customers are not accepted
* Guests of Flying Blue Platinum and Flying Blue Gold and SkyTeam Elite Plus members are only accepted outside peak hours
* Guests of Ultimate, Skipper and C2000 customers are accepted
* Customers travelling to a Schengen destination can make use of the KLM Schengen Crown Lounge (25) instead.
I find the Schengen lounge much better. Full food buffett, IMO larger, etc.
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Old Nov 16, 17, 11:47 pm
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Originally Posted by jonathanbak View Post
I'm lucky that my mom is Swedish, so every time I'm in Amsterdam I use my EU passport to transfer from the Schengen to the Non-Schengen side of the airport using the self-immigration lane. But on the way back since US passports are eligible for the self-immigration lane I use that one.

Guess that doesn't help you much though xD
Be careful. This can cause issues. You never entered on the US passport thus an agent (including those working the egates behind the scenes) may take issue.

Egate works for your EU passport. Thus there's np reason not to use it. Also no need to get it stamped after going through the gate.
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Old Nov 17, 17, 4:17 am
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
Be careful. This can cause issues. You never entered on the US passport thus an agent (including those working the egates behind the scenes) may take issue.

Egate works for your EU passport. Thus there's np reason not to use it. Also no need to get it stamped after going through the gate.
Oh ok, I'll take note of that, wasn't aware it could be a problem. Thanks.
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Old Dec 3, 17, 8:42 pm
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When transferring in AMS from DL to KL for FRA, I understand we need to clear immigration at AMS. How about checked through baggage? Do I need to retrieve the baggage after immigration in AMS, and recheck/redeposit it again for the connecting KL flight to FRA?
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