An airport transit visa (also called ’A’ visa), is a visa that allows the holder to transit through the international zone of a French or Schengen airport with no access to the Schengen space, before flying to the final destination.
For example: you are flying LOS ANGELES - PARIS - NEW DELHI or LOS ANGELES - PARIS - LAGOS, and stay within the international zone at Roissy - Charles de Gaulle airport for a few hours, without going through immigration controls.
Please note :
If you travel from the USA via a FRENCH AIRPORT to enter another SCHENGEN COUNTRY or if you have a second transit in another SCHENGEN STATE AIRPORT, the passport control is done at the first point of entry in the Schengen area. All flights between two or more Schengen States are considered to be «domestic» flights. Depending on your nationality, you might need a short stay "C" visa.
If you transit through a French airport and if you need a visa for the Schengen state which is your main destination, you must apply for a short stay visa at the consulate representing that country. This Schengen visa will allow your transit through a French airport.
B1-B2 visa holders: Please, apply in the country of your residence. No visas will be delivered to foreigners holding U.S B1-B2 visas.
NO. An airport transit visa does not allow you to go out of the international zone of the airport (even for a change of airport). In this case you will need a short stay visa, also called "C" visa.
If you DO NOT hold one of the documents listed above, you NEED an airport transit visa, ONLY if you are citizen from the following countries. This applies to all type of passports (ordinary, official, special, service…) but does not include diplomatic passports:
|Afghanistan||Bangladesh||Congo (Democratic Republic / Kinshasa)||Eritrea|
Applies to ordinary passports only, except Guinea (Conakry)*:
|Cuba||Dominican Republic||Guinea (Conakry)*||Haiti|
|Syria||Togo||Refugee travel documents***||Travel documents for Palestinian refugees|
*Guinea (Conakry): applies to all type of passports, except diplomatic passports
** Russia: You need an airport transit visa ONLY if you are flying from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey or Ukraine.
*** Refugee travel documents: only those delivered by Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Democratic Republic / Kinshasa), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka.
EXCEPTIONS when transiting through France only:
NO AIRPORT TRANSIT VISA required from the citizens of the countries listed above (both list) if they are:
An airport transit visa may be issued within one week upon application.
|Please provide us with the original + 1 copy of each document. The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies.|
We only accept residents from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Southern California, and Southern Nevada. Please note you will have to show us a driver license from one of these states (for students : driver license or student ID from school located in one of these states).
Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages)
Processing fee. Credit card only (Visa/Mastercard)
One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
A proof of your status in the USA (US visa along with a copy of I-20 or I-AP66, advance parole…) (+ ONE COPY)
Your Round-trip airline ticket: An E-Ticket (showing ticket numbers). (+ ONE COPY)
If the applicant is under 18 years old and travelling without his parents:
If you want your passport to be sent back to you, please bring:
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.
All applicants must apply in person and must make an appointment on our website. Personal appearance is mandatory.
We regret that at this time we do not accept appointments over the phone or via email.
One appointment = one person (for instance, family of four must take four appointments)
One appointment per person only: due to the high number of applicants, the French Consulate reserves the right to cancel appointments made by the same person on the same day (or even on two different dates).
WARNING: To use the system, the following configuration is required :
CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT THE VISA SECTION