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short layover in Amsterdam

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short layover in Amsterdam

My Delta flight from Minneapolis (Nov. 2nd) to Kilimanjaro has been changed so our layover in Amsterdam is only 1 hour and 45 minutes. The travelers on the Tanzania forum believe this will be enough time between flights. We will be spending the one day in Arusha prior to a safari, so if our luggage does get delayed it is not really terrible.

The other possible option is to switch to a longer multi-stop flight (24 hours +) for a layover of 2 hours and 5 minutes to 3 hours in AMS. This adds the element of possible difficulties with an additional flight change with luggage change.

What do you think?

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Newton Abbot...
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1. Re: short layover in Amsterdam

You should be fine with 1 hour 45 mins, I've been through AMS with a lot shorter transfers than that dozens of times.

Amsterdam, The...
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2. Re: short layover in Amsterdam

minimum connection time is 40 minutes so no problem


Chicago, Illinois
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3. Re: short layover in Amsterdam

I certainly would not change if the alternate means an extra connection.

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4. Re: short layover in Amsterdam

From what I understand from the link going from the US to Tanzania is a Non Schengen to Non Schengen country. Does that mean we will not have to go through customs at the airport? We fly Delta to AMS and connect with KLM.

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5. Re: short layover in Amsterdam

Correct. You would only clear immigration if you were entering or departing the Schengen area. You wouldn't clear customs anyway unless AMS was your final destination.

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