Rules for hand baggage
At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, safety is our number one priority. This is why we check baggage for any hazardous substances and items that could endanger passengers, flight crews or aircraft safety.
Prohibited hand baggage
Certain items may not be taken on board the aircraft as hand baggage. These items are listed in the List of Prohibited Hand Baggage Items drawn up by the EU. You may not derive any rights from this list. Our security staff reserve the right to refuse any item for safety reasons at all times.
Liquids and gels
Would you like to bring your own shampoo on board as hand baggage? Do you need contact lens solution during the flight? You may only bring liquids and gels on board in your hand baggage under the following conditions:
- Liquids and gels must be stored in containers no larger than 100 ml
- Prepackaged liquids and gels must be stored in a single resealable, transparent bag with a capacity of no more than one litre.
- Each passenger may bring on board a maximum of one plastic one-litre bag.
- You may bring on board medicines and baby food if you can demonstrate that you need these items during the flight.
This applies to all passengers departing from or transferring at an airport within the European Union.
Will you be bringing along any liquids, gels or aerosols that you do not need on board or purchasing such items before Passport Control? If so, we advise that you pack them in your hold baggage before checking in.
Items purchased at Schiphol
All items purchased at Schiphol beyond Passport Control may be taken on board. You can bring your purchases on board as hand baggage. However, liquid goods are subject to special regulations.
Special regulations for purchased liquids and gels
- Liquids and gels must be packaged and sealed by staff at the tax-free store or on board. This seal is valid for a period of one day. If you will be transferring to another flight at the next airport, you may not break the seal until you have arrived at your final destination.
- You must be able to demonstrate that you purchased the liquids or gels on the day of the flight.
Regulations for non EU countries
- Liquid goods purchased tax-free at an airport outside of the European Union will be confiscated at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This also applies if the goods are sealed and applies to any purchases made on board of a non-European airline.
- Sealed fluids from the United States and Canada can be transferred to the next flight via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. However, this does not apply if you transfer on a flight to the United States or if you take a Delta Airlines flight to Mumbai.
- Are you flying from Schiphol and transferring in the United States or Canada? If so, we advise that you carry any tax-free liquids, gels or aerosols purchased beyond Customs Control in your checked-in baggage.
- Are you flying from Schiphol and transferring in Australia? If so, you are prohibited from carrying any liquids, gels or aerosols purchased outside of Australia in your hand baggage.
Have you packed any prohibited items by mistake?
Certain goods and substances may be stored in your hold luggage. For example, you may have packed your scissors or nail clippers in your hand baggage. If so, simply pack them in your hold baggage before checking in. Some items must be handed in to security staff. In other cases, it may be better to pay for separate shipment. You can do so at the service desks in the Departures halls. It will be too late to arrange for shipping by the time you reach gate Control.
When in doubt, phone
If you are uncertain as to which goods may be taken on board, phone: 0900 – 0141 (EUR 0.40 p.min) If you are in doubt about any chemical/flammable substances, call the Transport, Public Works and Water Management Inspectorate during office hours at +31(0)88 489 00 00