Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a busy airport, so it pays to be well prepared to avoid potential delays. Schiphol and our airline partners will do all we can to make your experience as safe and comfortable as possible. You can also prepare yourself using the tips and information below.
There are rules for what items can travel with you in your hand baggage and what items must be left behind. To help you prepare, this page outlines what can be brought with you on to the plane in your hand baggage, including liquids, medicines and baby food.
Prepare your bags
Most items are permitted on-board except those that appear on the list of dangerous and prohibited items below. Small scissors, nail files or tweezers may be taken on-board if the sharp part is no longer than 6-cm.
You can store your passport and boarding pass in your bag or coat. You do not need this for the security check.
- Liquids, gels, creams and pastes
- Up to 100ml containers each
- Placed in a transparent zip-lock bag, up to a maximum of 1 litre
- One bag per person
- Medicines and dietary supplements with a doctor’s certificate
- Baby food
- Liquids bought after security if sealed and accompanied by a receipt
- Small file, tweezers or scissors to a max of 6cm
- Cameras, tablets and laptops
- Cheese and other food items. Please note: Liquid and spreadable cheese or food products fall under the liquids rules!
- Firearms and other objects that fire or resemble firearms – like toy guns that look authentic
- Anaesthetic devices
- Objects with a sharp tip or edge that may cause serious injury
- Blunt instruments that can be used as a weapon
- Explosive and flammable substances
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.
Hold baggage rules
You can bring almost anything in your hold baggage, unless it is on the list of dangerous objects.
Liquids can be placed in hold baggage in unlimited quantities, unless they are flammable or can be dangerous in any other way.
Check in your bags
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.
Customs rules for excess baggage
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.
What makes odd-sized luggage
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.
Odd-sized luggage criteria
An item is considered odd-sized or irregular if it:
- Weighs between 32-80 kilograms.
- Is a package larger than 100 L x 65 H x 75 W, to a maximum of 350 L, 100 H x 100 W (all in centimetres).
- Can roll and/or has imperfect or loose parts. You can also use a travel kit for this.
- Fragile baggage.
- Pets are also considered to be ‘Odd-sized Baggage’. You can read more about travel with pets on the pet page.
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.