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 Area, before flying on to the final destination.
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 if you are not a resident in the United Kingdom, i.e. if you hold a ’C-Visit’ visa or a British visa valid for 6 months or less.
|Burkina Faso||Guinea Bissau||Pakistan|
|Congo (Rep. Dem.)||Irak||Senegal|
|Congo (Rep. Pop.)||Iran||Sierra Leone|
If you are a stateless person and hold a travel document issued by one of the countries listed above.
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 residence permit ;
If you hold a valid residence permit issued by one of the European Union countries or by Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Japan, Canada or the United States ;
If you hold a valid visa issued by one of the European Union countries, or by Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, Canada or the United States 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 hold the licences and certificates prescribed by the Chicago Convention.
Apply in person
Provide the original 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). All documents must be either in English or in French. Please sea the list of documents.
A national passport or official travel document (+ 1 complete copy except for blank pages), valid for more than 3 months beyond the validity of the requested visa, with at least 2 blank visa pages.
Your British residence permit (stamped in passport or in the form of an identity card) must also exceed the validity of the requested visa by more than 3 months.
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 by the legal guardian for children
2 recent passeport-size photographs (3,5 x 4,5cm), 1 glued or stapled to the application form and 1 left loose for scanning purposes), in colour, 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. The size of the face must not exceed 30mm.
A confirmed airline ticket to your final destination.
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 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 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 the UK.
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.