Airport transit visa

Airport transit visas allow the holder to transit through the international zone of a French airport with no access to the Schengen space, before flying on to the final destination.

Do you need a visa to transit through the international zone of a French airport ?

1-You NEED a visa to transit through the international zone of a French airport :

- If you are a national from one of the countries listed below, AND you are not resident in the UK, i.e. holder of a ’C-Visit’ visa or of a British visa valid for 6 months or less.

Afghanistan Gambia Mali Togo
Angola Ghana Mauritania
Bangladesh Guinea Nigeria
Burkina Faso Guinea Bissau Pakistan
Cameroon Haiti Palestine
Colombia India Peru
Congo (Rep. Dem.) Irak Senegal
Congo (Rep. Pop.) Iran Sierra Leone
Cuba Ivory Coast Somalia
Djibouti Jordania Sri Lanka
Erythrea Liberia Sudan
Ethiopia Libya Syria

- If you are a Stateless persons holder of a travel document issued by a country whose nationals are submitted to the obligation of the Airport Transit Visa.

2-You DO NOT NEED a visa to transit through the international zone of a French airport :

- If you are not a national from one the countries listed above ;

- If you are a resident in the United Kingdom, i.e. holder of a valid residency permit ;

- If you hold a valid residency permit for one of the European Countries, for Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, for Andorra, for Japan, for Canada, for Monaco, for San Marino, for Switzerland or for the USA ;

- If you hold a valid visa for one of the European countries, for Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, for Canada, the USA, Japan and Switzerland AND your are a national from Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Mali, Senegal, Syria, Ghana, Nigeria, Mauritania and Congo (Brazzaville).

- If you hold a Diplomatic, Service, Official or Special passport.

- If you are an aircraft crew member and you hold the licences and certificates prescribed by the Chicago Convention.

HOW TO APPLY

- Apply in person

- Provide the documents requested + 1 set of photocopies + fee (when applicable).


- Each visa applicant must include a pre-paid special delivery envelope (Up to 500gr) with his/her name and address, as all passports and documents will be only returned by post.Take note of the tracking number on the envelope for your own reference.

- Make sure you follow the instructions as this reduces the risk of your application being refused. In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a community code on visas , please be aware that FROM 5th APRIL 2010, VISA APPLICATIONS LODGED WITHOUT ALL REQUESTED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS AND COPIES WILL LEAD TO A VISA REFUSAL.

Your documents must be less than a month old. Bank statements must be recent, less than 10 days old. Please see the list of documents. All documents must be either in English or in French. Please sea the list of documents.

List of documents :

- A photocopy of each document must be included with the application.

- A national passport or official travel document : (+ complete copy except for blank pages). Valid for more than 3 months beyond the validity of the requested visa, with 2 blank visa pages. Your British Residence permit (stamped in passport or in the form of an identity card) must also exceed by more than 3 months the validity of the requested visa.

If your British residency states the name of your spouse, fiancé(e), unmarried partner or child, please bring this person’s valid passport when you apply for your Schengen visa as well as an official proof of your relationship.

From 5th April 2010 only passports that have been issued (not extended !!!) during the past ten years can be endorsed with a visa. If your passport was issued longer than 10 years ago, please apply for a new passport at your Embassy

- 1 application form duly completed and signed by the applicant or the legal guardian for children

- 2 recent passeport-size photographs per person ( 1 glued or stappled on the application form and 1 left loose for scanning purpose) ; in colour (3,5 x 4,5cm) ; The size of the face must not exceed 30mm ; taken against a white background with good contrast / clear / good quality, printed on normal photographic paper, unmonted and full face without glasses or head covering.

- A confirmed airline ticket to your finale destination. Photocopies are not accepted.

- A visa for your onward destination country if necessary.

- A pre-paid special delivery envelope with your name and address, as passports and documents will be only returned by post.

If minor (under 18) :

- Original Full Birth Certificate, stating both parents’ names, with official translation if not in French or English. This official translation must be certified as a true copy by your Embassy/ Consulate or by the legalisation bureau of the Foreign Office in GB. ; - Parents’ valid passports or certified copies if the parents are residing abroad.

If under the age of 18 and travelling to France without the parents or with one parent :

- A parental authorisation to travel form, completed and signed by the parents or legal guardian authorising the child to travel and appointing the person responsible for him. This letter should be duly authenticated by a solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths, or by a Consular Officer of the applicants’ nationality ;
- Parents’ valid passports must be enclosed with the application, or certified copies if the parents are residing abroad ;

- Original Full Birth Certificate, stating both parents’ names, with official translation if not in French or English. This official translation must be certified as a true copy by your Embassy/ Consulate or by the legalisation bureau of the Foreign Office in GB.

If under the age of 18 and fostered :

- An official up-to-date letter from the British social services authorising the trip to France. This letter must indicate the full name of the child, full name of the carer and the address and length of stay in France ;
- Carer’s valid passport.

publié le 02/09/2013

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