Immigration and Customs

 

Schengen area

 

In 1985 France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands established among themselves a territory without borders, called the Schengen Area, after the name of the town in Luxembourg where the first agreements were signed.

This intergovernmental cooperation was then extended to thirteen countries, with the signing of the Treaty of Amsterdam in 1997.

Now the Schengen agreement brings 25 European countries together:

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Hungary.

Foreigners: the citizens of all other countries. For entrance to a stay in or transit across the entire Schengen area, foreigners must be in possession of a passport or another travel document recognized as valid to cross the borders of all Schengen countries.

 

 

Customs and duties

A Customs Office for VAT refunds can be found in the Departures areas of Terminals T1, T3 and at gate E, near the ADR Info Point.

There are also numerous tax refund offices managed by private operators in the T3 boarding gates area of Departures.

 

Travellers from outside the EU are reminded that from 1 September electronic invoicing will be mandatory for supllies of goods.