I arrived on a badly delayed BA flight from Heathrow last night – around 10pm. Amsterdam’s airport is currently undergoing renovations (which airport isn’t?), and so the immigration area in the middle part of the airport is closed. The email explaining this said that the Lounge 1 arrivals would be open.
It isn’t in the evening.
This means that you have to walk from your arriving gate – following the red route above – all the way around the airport to Arrivals 3. You clear immigration here. This is a 10-15 minute walk.
But, BA still delivers its bags in Lounge 1, so you have to walk back to Belt 2, at the opposite end of the airport. Close to where you started.
Of course, Arrivals in Lounge 1 doesn’t have an open Customs desk, so you then have to walk back to the Customs service in Lounge 3 – so literally, three times around the airport before you get to leave.