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Airport transit visa

1- What is an 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.

- Traveling from Canada to any Schengen country via a French airport means you enter the Schengen area. Therefore, you will need a short stay Schengen visa and not an airport transit visa.

- Traveling from Canada to any country via two Schengen states airports, means you enter the Schengen area. You will need a short stay Schengen visa and not an airport transit visa.

  • 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.

- If you are holding a valid Permanent Resident Card of Canada, or a valid Green Card of the USA AND you are not going out of the international zone of the airport AND you are holding confirmed airplane tickets (NO « stand-by ») AND your next destination after France is not a Schengen country, then, no matter what your nationality is, you do not need a Type A visa. You can transit without a visa.

- If you are holding a visa valid for a Member State of the European Union or the European Economic Area, Canada, Japan or the United States ;

2- Do I need an airport transit visa?

- You don’t need an Airport Transit Visa if you:

  • - hold a valid residence permit issued by a Member State of the European Union or the European Economic Area
  • are a Canadian, US or Mexican citizen
  • hold a valid residence permit issued by Canada, Japan and the United States of America
  • hold a valid Schengen visa, long stay visa or residence permit issued by one of the European Union countries
  • hold a valid visa for Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Canada, Japan or the United States of America.
  • are a flight crew member, and national of a State party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation
  • hold a diplomatic passport
  • are a spouse/minor child of a European Union citizen

- You need an airport visa if you are a citizen from:

Afghanistan Angola [1] Bangladesh Burkina Faso
Cameroon [2] Chad [3] Cuba [4] Colombia [5]
Congo [6] Democratic Republic of Congo Dominican Republic [7] Djibouti
Eritrea Gambia Ghana Guinea Bissau [8]
Guinea Haiti [9] India [10] Iran
Iraq Ivory Coast [11] Liberia Mali [12]
Mauritania [13] Nigeria Pakistan Palestinians
Peru [14] Russia [15] Senegal [16] Sierra Leone
Somalia Sudan [17] South Sudan Sri Lanka
Togo [18]

3- What does an airport transit visa allow me to do?

The airport transit visa only allows you to remain within the international area of a French airport while waiting for a connecting flight to another country outside the Schengen area. You are not allowed to leave the international zone of the airport. You may not spend a night at the airport, as no accommodation is offered within the international zone of airports.

Therefore, if you have to spend a night in France, waiting for a connecting flight, you need to apply for a short stay Schengen visa before traveling.

4- Requirements

Please provide us with the originals + 1 copy of each document

1. Processing fee

2. Passport (valid at least three months after the expiry date of the visa) + photocopy of all the main pages (pages with picture, expiry date of passport, visas, etc..)

3. Visa application form hand filled and signed

PDF - 242.4 kb
Formulaire demande de visa de court séjour
PDF - 225 kb
Short stay visa application form

4. Two recent and identical ID photos

  • format 35mm X 45mm only
  • with a clear and plain background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth
  • not a Canadian passport size picture
  • Please glue one picture per form and include the remaining one in an envelope
PDF - 220.5 kb
Photo requirements

5. Any document supporting your status in Canada and allowing your re-entry (Canadian reentry visa sticker valid at least 3 months after your departure from the Schengen zone), if needed + photocopy

6. Any document supporting your right of entry in the country of your final destination (visa, residence permit, citizenship) if your status requires it + photocopy

7. Your travel itinerary to your country of destination + photocopy: you must book your airline ticket but do not purchase until the visa has been approved.

5- Good to know

* The consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant.

* Please be aware that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee the approval of the visa.


[1] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[2] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[3] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[4] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[5] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[6] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[7] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[8] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[9] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[10] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[11] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[12] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[13] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[14] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[15] 1 - if you fly from Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Ukrainian, Bielorussian, Moldavian, Turkish or Egyptian airport. Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[16] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[17] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders

[18] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders


publié le 17 August 2012
 
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