Prepare for your holiday

Flying from Schiphol soon? It's busy in the departure halls, you may need to queue longer. Fill in your flight details for your personal itinerary, and check out our tips below for your journey.

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Departure: busy day

We expect a busy day at Departures. There are longer queues, some possibly starting outside the terminal (partly covered).

Your holiday travel tips

1. Come to Schiphol on time

We welcome you in the departure hall 4 hours before your flight. In this way, you help us spread out the crowds better and stimulate a smooth flow around the check-in desks and the security control. If you arrive much earlier, the check-in desk may still be closed. If you are getting a lift to the airport, get dropped off at the P1 Parking.

2. Check the rules regarding coronavirus

You are no longer required to wear a face mask at Schiphol. However, you may need a face mask at the destination you are flying to. And that destination might have its own specific coronavirus rules. Please check the travel advisory on before you travel.

3. Travelling with children

Will you be travelling to or from Schiphol with children this summer? Please be aware that the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee enforces additional rules and checks when it comes to travelling with a minor. Find out more about travelling with children.

4. Check in for your flight online

Many airlines offer the possibility of checking in online before you come to the airport. That saves you from having to queue up at the check-in desk. For even more convenience, you can drop off your suitcases at the self-service baggage drop-off. Just follow the instructions, label your baggage and before you know it your suitcase will be on its way to the plane. Flying with hand baggage only? You can head to security.

5. Drop your baggage off at P3

If you are flying with KLM, Transavia or TUI, you can use the Drive-In Check-In at the P3 car park. Simply park your car, drop off your baggage at your airline's desk and take the shuttle bus to the terminal. This saves you from having to carry your suitcases to the check-in desk.

6. Leave everything in your hand baggage

When flying from Schiphol, pack light, take one item of hand baggage only and leave your trolley case at home if possible. The state-of-the-art CT scanners we use throughout the airport mean you can leave your liquids and electronics in your bag. Read how you can get ready for security in this blog.

7. Download the Schiphol app

Find your check-in desk, gate and other flight information in the Schiphol app. With this app, you'll always have an up-to-date itinerary at your fingertips. You can download the app for free.

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