AMS=LHR-ATL Duty free purchase

Old Nov 15, 19, 11:57 am
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AMS=LHR-ATL Duty free purchase

Can you make duty free purchases in AMS if you are making a transit stop at LHR? The duty free folks in AMS werenítsure. It would seem ok because Iím only changing planes at LHR.
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Yes, but beware liquids which won't be allowed as carry-on bags if you have to re-clear security at Heathrow or elsewhere.
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Old Nov 15, 19, 12:14 pm
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Yes, but beware liquids which won't be allowed as carry-on bags if you have to re-clear security at Heathrow or elsewhere.
Which OP will have to do -- there's no avoiding transit security at LHR on this (or any other international) itinerary. If OP wants a duty-free liquid OP will need to wait and purchase at LHR.

Otherwise if OP is just buying non-liquid products as noah said it's a "yes"

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You can, but the items AND receipt must be within a sealed security bag. If your airport doesn't have these bags you can't transit with them.
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Originally Posted by Duke787 View Post
Which OP will have to do -- there's no avoiding transit security at LHR on this (or any other international) itinerary. If OP wants a duty-free liquid OP will need to wait and purchase at LHR.

Otherwise if OP is just buying non-liquid products as noah said it's a "yes"

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Yes, but beware liquids which won't be allowed as carry-on bags if you have to re-clear security at Heathrow or elsewhere.
Almost every airport in Europe and the US and also in many other parts of the world will let you keep duty free liquids on your carry-on bag, contrary to what FAs sometimes announce before landing. As long as the liquids are in a tamper-proof transparent bag and display a receipt, OP should be fine.
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few mistaken answers here including some rather empatically wrong ones (being polite here)

I've always found the duty free staff at AMS to be clued up and always ask iwhat your final destination is and bagging according to that.

Basically f you have a same day connection at say LHR to the US they will put it into a STEB rather than an ordinary carrier bag which will cause no issues at all (well as long as you havn't opened the STEB)

The STEB will have a receipt inside and security staff will look at that to make sure it is valid..

This applies even if you;ve bought say a 1l bottle of gin or vodka or whatever. The 100ml limit does not apply to items in a STEB.



STEB = Security Tamper Evident Bag
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Old Nov 16, 19, 2:38 am
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few mistaken answers here including some rather empatically wrong ones (being polite here)

I've always found the duty free staff at AMS to be clued up and always ask iwhat your final destination is and bagging according to that.

Basically f you have a same day connection at say LHR to the US they will put it into a STEB rather than an ordinary carrier bag which will cause no issues at all (well as long as you havn't opened the STEB)

The STEB will have a receipt inside and security staff will look at that to make sure it is valid..

This applies even if you;ve bought say a 1l bottle of gin or vodka or whatever. The 100ml limit does not apply to items in a STEB.



STEB = Security Tamper Evident Bag
Thanks. I appreciate the info. I figured a STEB would be used and OK but wanted verify it.Sometimes my ATL-AMS-beyond route is cheaper enough via LHR to make up for the extra hassle since we are on a fixed travel budget and keep what is not spent.

i was not taking a shot at the duty free staff, they were helpful as always but several said they werenít sure, others that it is OK.
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