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There are security rules about what you can and can’t put in your hold baggage (also known as check-in baggage). If you have large or heavy items, they will need to be checked in as odd-sized baggage. Please note that customs rules at Schiphol and at your destination may differ.
You can bring almost anything in your hold baggage, unless it is on the list of dangerous objects. It is best to check this list of prohibited items. Please contact us if you’d like to know whether you can place a specific item in your hold baggage.
Liquids can be placed in hold baggage in unlimited quantities, unless they are flammable or can be dangerous in any other way.
Your hold baggage will be checked in with airline. Simply go to the check-in desks in Departures 1 to 4. If you have already checked in online, you can also use the self-service baggage drop-off area at Schiphol.
When you pack your bags, please be aware that some items cannot move freely across international borders. Some restricted items may be permitted in limited supply or forbidden outright. Restricted items include drinks, tobacco, medicines, meat, fish, (products made of) protected animal and plant species, as well as large sums of cash.
Larger-than-normal or heavy bags may be treated as odd or irregular-sized baggage. This includes bicycles, skis, golf bags and larger musical instruments. It may also include strangely shaped or fragile items; please check at your airline’s check-in desk, who may then direct you to the 'odd size' counter. Wheelchairs and collapsible prams can be taken to the gate. An airline handler or employee will ensure that this is labelled in the hold.
An item is considered odd-sized or irregular if it:
If your luggage is heavier or larger than the weights and measurements indicated above, the item will not be processed through our baggage system. You will need to have your luggage transported as cargo via your airline or another transport company.
A day trip to Amsterdam without heavy luggage.
You can have your baggage collected at home and delivered to a EU destination.
The size and weight of your suitcase varies per airline. Please check with your airline to find out the maximum dimensions and weight allowed for your hold baggage. Your weight limit is also displayed on your ticket. Please also contact your airline for rates for (extra) hold baggage.
Odd-sized baggage is baggage that is larger or heavier than normal. It includes baggage of an irregular shape, that is fragile or contains certain items that are not allowed in the hand luggage and must be checked in separately. Examples of odd-sized baggage include pets, bicycles, skis and snowboards, golf bags, larger musical instruments, surfboards and kiteboards, wheelchairs, high chairs, cars and buggies.
Please also check the conditions and requirements, as well as maximum dimensions and weight, set by your airline.
Yes. You can use our baggage depot in the basement between Arrivals 1 and 2, to temporarily store your hand baggage as well as your hold baggage. Read more about storing your baggage at Schiphol, the opening hours and costs.
Your airline can tell you exactly which conditions, such as maximum dimensions and weight, and rates they use for different baggage and transportation of pets. Therefore, please contact your airline for specific information.
Yes, with most airlines you can take your bike with you as odd-sized baggage. Please purchase a special box to prevent damage to your bike from the left-luggage office, located in Departures 1 and 2 on the basement level under the central stairs. The office is manned every day between 06:00-23:00. You can call an employee on the intercom outside of those hours.
Bicycle box specifications
As soon as you have delivered your hold baggage, your suitcase or bag will enter the Schiphol Baggage System. All baggage is checked by security using X-ray equipment. Your suitcase or bag is never opened by security.
No. In principle, your suitcase will remain closed. All hold baggage is checked using X-ray equipment. If we see scan something suspicious, we will track you down at the airport so you can open your suitcase yourself.
The only exception is if your flight departs within 45 minutes. In those cases, we ask the airline or handler to open it and perform a manual search. That always happens under the supervision of you or your airline representative. If forbidden objects are found during a scan, it will not be opened but sent to the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (Dutch Police) and Customs instead.
What items you can and can’t travel with on the plane
Hold baggage rules and what constitutes an ‘odd-sized’ item
Schiphol is easy to reach by train, bus, taxi and car
You can check in online or at Schiphol. What works for you?
Check your passport’s validity and any visa requirements
Be well-prepared and clear security with ease