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Airport Transit Visa

The airport transit visa allows holders to pass through the international transit area of a Schengen airport during a stop-over or transfer between two stages of an international flight. The holder does so without actually entering the national territory of the country.

Please note: If you have two or more stopovers in the Schengen area, you will be required to leave the international transit area and pass through the border checkpoint in order to catch your next flight within Schengen. This means you will need a full Schengen visa. This also applies if you are visa exempt for the final destination within Schengen.

Example: If you have the Canadian travel document for UN refugees (the blue travel document) and wish to travel to Germany, you still require a Schengen visa if you are transiting through any other Schengen country, even though you do not require a visa to visit Germany.



Nationals of the following countries require an airport transit visa to transit through a Schengen airport:

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

You are exempt for the transit visa requirement if you:

  • hold a valid visa or residence permit issued by a Schengen state;
  • hold a valid permanent residence card for Canada or the US;
  • hold a valid residence permit issued by a Member State of the European Union or the European Economic Area ;

Passports are not checked on flights when travelling within the Schengen area. If you have two or more stopovers in the Schengen area, you will be required to leave the international transit area and pass through the border checkpoint in order to catch your next flight within Schengen. The same applies if your itinerary requires you to change airports.

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