Consequences of Brexit for passengers at Schiphol

Because the United Kingdom (UK) has left the EU, a number of changes will take effect on 1 January for passengers travelling to or from the UK and passengers with a British passport.

Border control for passengers

As a British passenger, you may no longer use the automated passport control system upon arrival. Instead, follow the ‘all passports’ signs to a manual desk. You may still use the automated passport control system upon departure, however. The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee will then stamp your passport. In addition, British passengers travelling to or from the Netherlands must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their travel date. The passport may not be more than 10 years old.

For more information about the border control process at Schiphol, please contact the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.

Customs: border control for goods

Due to modified inspection procedures for goods, you may experience longer waiting times at Customs. The rules for importing and exporting goods are changing. For example, the amount of alcohol and cigarettes you may take to the UK has been reduced. Bringing certain fresh food products from the UK to the Netherlands is also no longer allowed. For details, check the Customs website. You should also consult the website if you are travelling with pets, as you can no longer use the European pet passport.

British passengers who have purchased items in the EU can reclaim the applicable taxes. To do so, you must get a stamp from Customs. This will allow you to reclaim the taxes at a Tax Refund office at the airport.

For more information, visit the Customs website or check the Customs app.

Checks for transfer passengers

Transfer passengers arriving from the UK do not need to pass through Security Control again at Schiphol and must only go through Passport Control if they cross the Schengen border. This rule will remain in effect as before.