Privium FAQ: Everything you need to know about Privium

This page answers the most commonly-asked questions asked by new and existing Privium members. Whether you have questions about the iris scan, your Privium card or our lounges, you’ll find everything you need to know right here.

Questions about corona measures

Which corona measures will apply in the Privium ClubLounge?

The same rules apply in the lounge as at Schiphol. We must all maintain a distance of 1.5-metres from each other, wash our hands regularly and follow the displayed directions as much as possible. The lounge has been arranged so that you can give each other space. In addition, all travellers need to carry a health certificate with them throughout the airport. We also ask you to cough and sneeze into the inside of your elbow, avoid shaking hands, and use the hand sanitiser and wipes.

Do I have to wear a face mask in the Privium Club Lounge?

No, you do not have to wear a face mask in the lounge. That only applies at the check-in desks, at the security and border processes, when boarding and where you or your luggage are checked, for example at Customs. This is also indicated where you must wear the mask.

Is the buffet in the lounge open?

The buffet is open as usual. You can order your food and drinks 1.5-metres away and collect them at the Pick-Up Point. You can even choose to have your order served on disposable flatware. We will ensure that the buffet and the tables and chairs stay clean and fresh. We will wear gloves when handling food in the kitchen. Our employees are required to disinfect their hands at least every 30 minutes.

Questions about becoming a member

How do I become a Privium member?

In only four steps you become a Privium member and profit from a fast and smooth service during your Schiphol travels.

  1. Make a choice between Privium Basic and Privium Plus. Click on your choice and complete the registration form. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.
  2. Activate your My Schiphol account.
  3. Make an appointment to create your Privium card. You can easily do this online through your My Schiphol account.
  4. Activate your Privium card in the Privium ClubLounge. During your appointment we will create the Privium card with your passport details and unique iris pattern. You can choose your payment method in the Club Lounge. You membership and Privium card are immediately ready for use.

Do I have to be a frequent flyer to become a Privium member?

No – in fact, you are welcome to become a Privium member no matter how often you fly, or what airline or travel class you choose to fly in. You also do not need to be a member of any airline’s frequent flyer programme.

I do not have a Dutch passport. Am I still able to become a Privium member?

You can only become a Privium member if you are in possession of a valid passport or European I.D. card from a country within the European Union, or one from Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway or Iceland. If you are an asylum seeker or refugee you are unfortunately not able to register as a Privium member due to limitations set by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.

I do not have a European passport, but I am registered with the Registered Traveller Programme (RTP-NL). Can I become a Privium member?

Unfortunately this is not currently possible.

I have diplomatic status but no European passport. Can I become a Privium member?

Unfortunately, that’s not currently allowed.

I have dual citizenship – can I become a Privium member?

Yes, as long as the nationality you hold is a country within the European Union, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway or Iceland.

Can I become a member with an expired or emergency passport?

No, you can not apply to become a Privium member with an expired or emergency passport.

Is Privium accessible for wheelchair users?

Yes, Privium is accessible for wheelchair users. The Privium ClubLounge can be reached by elevator. Unfortunately, the special Privium automated border passage using the iris scan is unsuitable for wheelchair users; however, special passageways are available.

Questions about membership terms

When will my Privium membership card be ready, and can I use the iris scan immediately?

Once you receive email confirmation of your membership, you will be invited to visit the Privium ClubLounge. Once you’re there, we will make your Privium card on-the-spot, and take an iris scan so that you can use the fast border passage. The entire appointment takes around 20 minutes and your card will be ready for immediate use. To make an appointment, please call +31 20 601 4222. The Privium ClubLounge is located between Departures 1 and 2, behind check-in desk 9. We are open every day from 05:30-20:30 on weekdays and 06:00-20:30 on weekends.

What documents should I bring with me for my initial appointment to create the Privium card?

To prepare your card for immediate use, we need to see your valid passport or European ID card. Please note that a driver’s licence cannot be used as identification.

How do I upgrade from Privium Basic to Privium Plus?

You can change your subscription. You can also upgrade your card immediately by visiting the Privium ClubLounge.

How do I cancel my Privium subscription?

You can cancel your subscription. Please note that there is a notice period of one month. You can still use your Privium membership privileges until the end date you have chosen. Please note that your subscription cannot be terminated within your first subscription year. If you cancel during that time, your membership will automatically terminate one year after you first registered.

How do I cancel my Privium trial subscription?

You can easily cancel your subscription by email. Please send your cancellation request to Privium_02@schiphol.nl. It must be received in writing no later than one month before your trial subscription expires. If we do not receive an email from you, we will assume that you want to become a full member, and your membership will be renewed for the full year at the standard rate of 140 euros (Privium Basic) or 235 euros (Privium Plus). From this extension onwards, you can cancel your membership month-by-month and receive a refund for the remaining subscription fee.

I lost my My Schiphol login details – how do I recover them?

You can create a new password on the My Schiphol login page. Click ‘Forgot your password?’, enter your email address, and we will email you a link. Simply click that link to reset your password. If you continue to experience problems logging in, please contact us at privium@schiphol.nl or +31 (0) 20 601 4222.

Why do I need new Privium login details?

Privium implemented a new online system in June 2019 (My Schiphol). That system will enable you to manage your membership details and pay your invoices online. Since it is a new system, you will need to create a new account and password, as your old login details will expire.

What should I do if I haven’t received an email about my account activation or login details?

The email was automatically sent to the email address that we have on file for you. If you no longer have access to that email address, or have not received any emails from us, please contact us on +31 (0) 20 601 4222.

Which online payment methods does Privium accept?

You can pay your invoices online using iDeal, Mastercard and Visa.

Do I have to arrange everything online in the My Schiphol account system?

You do not have to arrange everything online. If you prefer, you can change your membership detail by phone on +31 (0) 20 601 4222. Alternately, you can visit the Privium ClubLounge desk. Invoices can also be paid at the ClubLounge, or you can arrange this yourself through your own bank.

Questions about your Privium card

Will I automatically receive a new Privium card every year?

Every Privium card has a standard validity of 10 years, so you will retain the same card year-by-year. You can request a new card in case of loss, theft or damage. However, if any of those situations occur, please be aware that we will need to re-scan your iris . A new card will also need to be created at the Privium ClubLounge if you up or down-grade your type of subscription.

Can I lend someone my Privium card for parking?

No, your Privium card is strictly for your own use. The card cannot be loaned to someone else. This forms a part of the General Terms and Conditions.

What should I do if I lose my Privium membership card?

We’re sorry to hear that your card is lost. If that happens, please call us as soon as possible on +31 20 601 4222 or email us at privium@schiphol.nl. Your card will be blocked immediately and use of the Privium facilities will be suspended. You will need to make a new appointment at the Privium ClubLounge to get a new membership card. For that appointment, please bring a valid passport or European I.D. card. A drivers’ licence is not acceptable as identification.

Can I make use of Privium services if I left my card at home?

Unfortunately, no – your card is your entry ticket to the priority area at central security, car parks and business class check-in at participating airlines. Your card also has your iris scan information stored on it, so it is needed for the border passage. You also need your card to access the Privium ClubLounge.

Do I have to bring my passport when I use Privium services?

Yes, you must always be able to identify yourself using a valid travel document (passport or European I.D. card). The Royal Dutch Marechaussee (Police) can ask to check it at any time. In addition, you must always be able to show a valid travel document when entering your destination country.

What should I do if the Privium border returns the status 'membership expired'?

Please contact Privium on +31 20 601 4222 or visit the Privium ClubLounge.

Will my ticket or boarding pass be checked?

The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee and the Security Personnel do random security checks. To clear the border using the iris scan, you must have a valid boarding pass with you. This forms a part of the General Terms and Conditions.

Why is my Privium Plus card blocked at the Privium car park entry?

Your Privium Plus card will be automatically blocked when an invoice is unpaid, or when your card is replaced or stolen. The old card is automatically blocked. For questions, please visit the Privium ClubLounge or call us on +31 20 601 4222.

Questions about the iris scan

How tall do I need to be to use the iris scan?

The iris scan is available to everyone taller than 1.55 metres (5’,11⁄32”). People of a shorter stature will be unable to make use of it.

How does the iris scan work at the border passage?

  • With the iris scanner, you stand at distance of 10-15 cm from your eye to the iris scanner. Simply look into the scanner with one eye (it is best to cover the other).
  • Keep your eye still for the iris scan then remain standing still until the scanner indicates 'identification is completed'.

What happens if the scanner fails to scan my iris?

  • If the iris scan fails, you will be directed to the regular passport control area. If that happens, you will be helped immediately and not sent to the back of the queue.
  • If you are still having problems with the iris scan, please contact us on +31 20 601 4222. Please note that the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee occasionally has random checks, which sometimes makes it seem as if the iris scan is not working.

When was the iris scan opened at the border?

As soon as the passport control areas are opened inside the terminal, the iris scan at the Privium ports will also be opened. You will then be able to cross the border. If a border crossing is closed on departure, arrival or transfer at Schiphol, the Privium border gate will also be closed. You can then use the border passage at another location inside the terminal.

Questions about the Privium Airside- and Clublounge

When can I make use of the Privium ClubLounge?

The Privium ClubLounge is available exclusively for Privium Plus members. Privium Plus members and Privium Partner members (in the company of a Privium Plus member) can enter the lounge upon presentation of their Privium card and boarding pass, which must both be valid for travel on that day. Children, babies or partners who do not hold a card will be unable to enter the lounge. You are also unable to bring pets into the Privium ClubLounge.

Can I introduce a new member to the Privium ClubLounge?

As a Privium Plus member, you are also welcome to introduce a potential new member at the Privium ClubLounge. If your guest is aged 12+ and in possession of a boarding pass for that day, you can buy a Guest Voucher for € 30 at the ClubLounge reception desk. If your guest decides to become a member of Privium Plus member on-the-spot, the cost of the Guest Voucher will be deducted from the membership cost.

What are the opening times of the Privium ClubLounge and Privium Airside Lounge?

Privium Airside Lounge is open seven days a week from 06:00-21:00. The Privium ClubLounge is open Monday to Friday from 05:30-21:00 and weekends from 06:00-21:00.
If you are visiting to activate your membership or to create a new Privium card, please note that this is only possible from 06.15 onwards.

Can I visit the Privium Airside Lounge when I arrive on a flight to Schiphol?

Yes; it does not matter if you are arriving at or departing from Schiphol. Anyone who has access to the Privium Airside Lounge on the basis of a Privium Plus or partner membership, or with a Guest Voucher, is welcome to visit the lounge. However, the only condition is that you must be able to show a boarding pass.

In which lounge can I make an iris scan to become a Privium member?

This is possible in the Privium ClubLounge for security. The Privium Airside Lounge doesn’t have an iris scanning facility or the possibility to become a Privium member. There is also no Marechaussee in the Privium Airside Lounge.

Questions about My Schiphol

What is My Schiphol?

From your Schiphol account, you can view your Privium invoices, change your membership and check your personal information. You can easily and quickly book a parking spot. The details/information of your next booking will be saved and automatically filled in the next time you book.

I am Privium member, but I do not have login credentials yet

Using My Schiphol is only possible after you have created an My Schiphol account. You will need your Privium number, among other things. After that, you can create your My Schiphol account in a few clicks. Do you have a Privium Partner or Privium Corporate membership? Then the above does not apply. Call us for further support on 020 601 42 22.

How do I create an My Schiphol account?

To create an My Schiphol account, you will need a Privium membership. Are you already a Privium member? Create an My Schiphol account here in just a few clicks.

Why can’t I log in?

It is possible that you do not have an active account or a membership yet. To log in you will need an My Schiphol account and a Privium membership. - Not a Privium member yet? Discover the benefits and become member. - Are you Privium member, but do not have a My Schiphol account? Create your account here in a few clicks.

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