Security checks upon arrival - Clear all checks comfortably

There's a chance that you may have to clear Security and Passport Control at Schiphol. This usually depends on where you are arriving from. However, it's good to know that we’ve designed all of our checks for your safety, comfort and convenience.


Schiphol works with cutting-edge modern scan and screen equipment. We designed our security process to be as user-friendly as possible, so that you can be on your way quickly and with no unnecessary hold-ups. If you are a transfer passenger from a country where the level of the security does not meet EU-standards, you will have to pass through central security.

Passport Control

Some passengers need to pass through Passport Control, while others do not. This depends on the country you flew in from, and whether or not that country is in the Schengen zone.

The ‘Schengen zone’ refers to the European countries that have agreed to allow people to travel in and out of each other’s countries, without the need for passport and immigration controls.

Schengen zone

You do not have to go through Passport Control if you plan to arrive in the Netherlands from a Schengen country. If the Netherlands is your final destination, simply follow the Exit/Baggage Hall signs, which will direct you to the baggage belts on the ground floor.

Non-Schengen zone

There are a two situations where you will need to go through Passport Control. The first is if you arrive at Schiphol from outside of the Schengen zone. The second is if you plan to transfer from a Schengen country flight to a non-Schengen country flight, or vice versa.

Click here to read more about customs regulations in the Netherlands.

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