Airport transit visa

An airport transit visa (also called ’A’ visa), is a visa that allows you to transit through the international zone of a French airport with no access to the Schengen area, before flying to your final destination.

For example, you fly :

VANCOUVER - PARIS - NEW DELHI

or VANCOUVER -> PARIS -> LAGOS

or VANCOUVER -> PARIS -> TEHRAN

and stay within the international zone at Roissy - Charles de Gaulle airport for a few hours, without going through immigration controls.


Holders of valid Canadian residence permits (permanent resident card, study or work permits) are not required to have an airport transit visa, regardless of their citizenship.

In the following cases, a short stay Schengen visa will be required:

- Traveling from Canada to any Schengen country via a French airport

- Traveling from Canada to any country via two Schengen states airports, even if you do not stay more than a few hours in each country and will not leave the airport.

  • For example:

VANCOUVER -> PARIS -> ROME : A short stay Schengen Visa is required, as your final destination is in the Schengen area.

VANCOUVER -> PARIS -> AMSTERDAM -> BEIRUT : A short stay Schengen Visa is required, as the 2nd flight is in the Schengen area.

- Between Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport, you enter the French territory (and then the Schengen area). A short stay visa is then required.

Dernière modification : 30/04/2014

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