Schengen Transit Visa

Schengen Transit Visa

Visa For Transit Through Europe.

Important Travel Document Information – Please Read

A Transit Schengen Visa is a document that allows people to enter the Schengen area solely to change modes of transportation. There are two types of Schengen Transit Visas:

  • Schengen Transit Visa for Airport Transit
  • Seafarers Transit Schengen Visa

What is a Schengen Transit Visa for Airports?

An Airport Transit Schengen Visa is a document that allows travellers to change planes at a Schengen airport. It allows them to wait for their flight to their destination country in the international transit section of a Schengen airport.

This visa, however, does not allow the holder to leave an airports international transit area, even if the tourist must remain overnight.

You will no longer be eligible for an Airport Transit Visa if you need to transit through more than one airport inside the Schengen Area. Instead, you should apply for a standard Schengen Visa (C Type).

This is due to the fact that flights between two or more Schengen nations are considered “domestic” flights, even if they are just used for transit.

In the event that you need to leave the airport to catch a flight in another country, you will also need to apply for a regular Schengen Visa (C Type).

Is a Schengen Transit Visa Required for Airport Transit?

When transiting through the international transit section of any Schengen country airport, nationals of the following countries require an airport transit visa:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
  • Eritrea\Ethiopia\Ghana
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka

Exemptions from the Schengen Visa for Airport Transit

Even if you are from one of the above-mentioned countries, you may be excused from the airport visa requirement if you:

  • hold a diplomatic passport
  • are a family member of an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen
  • have a valid visa issued by a Schengen state, a Member State of the European Union or the European Economic Area, Canada, Japan, the Republic of San Marino, or the United States
  • have a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen state, a Member State of the European Union or the European Economic Area, the Principality of Andorra, Canada, Japan, the Republic of San Marino

What Documents Are Required for a Schengen Transit Visa?

The following are the documents needed to apply for an Airport Transit Schengen Visa:

  • Form for obtaining a visa. A standard short-stay visa application form that has been fully completed, printed, and signed.
  • Here are two recent photographs. Taken within the past three months and in accordance with the Schengen visa photo standards.
  • A valid passport is required. With at least two blank pages so that the visa sticker can be affixed. It must be valid and no more than ten years old.
  • Documents pertaining to the final destinations continued travel
  • The reservation for a return flight ticket to a third country shows that the trip is still in progress.
  • If you require a visa, it will be issued by the country where you will be travelling.
  • Policy for travel insurance. With a minimum of €30,000, this covers any medical crises.
  • Proof of payment of the visa fee. Which is the same price as a short-term visa.

What is a Seafarer Transit Schengen Visa?

A Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers allows a seaman to disembark in a Schengen seaport. It allows them to dock their ship in a Schengen port and stay there for a short time until they can arrange for their next mode of transportation to a non-Schengen country.

Is a Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers required?

Youll need a Transit Visa for Seafarers if youre a national of a third-world country where visas are required and you plan to:

  • Join a ship currently (or soon to be) docked in a Schengen port.
  • Transfer from one vessel to another that is docked in a Schengen port (or will be).
  • Disembark owing to contract expiration, illness, repatriation, urgent family concerns, vacation, and other reasons.

Schengen Member Countries

A Visa is required for any third national wishing to enter or trasnit through any Schengen country. It could be a short-stay Schengen C-visa for stays of up to 90 days or a national D-visa / residence permit for longer stays in the Schengen zone.

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