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Airport transit visa

1- What is an airport transit visa ?

An airport transit visa (also called ’A’ visa), is a visa that allows you to transit through the international zone of a French airport with no access to the Schengen space, before flying to your final destination.

  • For example: you fly CHICAGO - PARIS - NEW DELHI or CHICAGO - PARIS - LAGOS, and stay within the international zone at Roissy - Charles de Gaulle airport for a few hours, without going through immigration.

But

  • Traveling from the USA to any SCHENGEN COUNTRY (except France) via a FRENCH AIRPORT is not considered an airport transit neither is travelling from the USA to any country via 2 Schengen state airports. All flights between two or more Schengen States are considered to be «domestic» flights. Depending on your nationality, you might need a short stay 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 of that country. This Schengen visa will allow you to transit through a French airport.

2- Will I be able to pay a quick visit to Paris ?

NO. An airport transit visa does not allow you to go out of the international zone of the airport. if you need to change airports you will need a short stay visa, also called ’C’ visa.

3- Do I need an airport transit visa ?

- You DO NOT NEED an airport transit visa if you :

    • hold a valid Schengen visa, national long-stay visa or residence permit issued by one of the European Union countries;

    • hold a valid residence permit issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the United States of America. For the US, valid residence permits are :

      • Form I-551 Permanent resident card (valid for 2 to 10 years),
      • Form I-551 Alien registration receipt card (valid for 2 to 10 years),
      • Form I-551 Alien registration receipt card (no expiry date),
      • Form I-327 Re-entry document (valid for two years — issued to holders of a I-551),
      • Resident alien card (valid for 2 or 10 years or no expiry date. This document guarantees the holder’s return only if his/her stay outside the USA has not exceeded one year),
      • Permit to re-enter (valid for two years. This document guarantees the holder’s return only if his/her stay outside the USA has not exceeded two years). The advance parole is NOT a re-entry permit.
      • Valid temporary residence stamp in the passport (valid for one year from the date of issue);

    • hold a valid visa for one of the countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Canada, Japan or the United States of America;

    • hold an expired visa for the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Canada, Japan or the United States of America but you are leaving the country which delivered it (for e.g., if you are an Indian citizen holding an expired US visa and flying to Dubai via Paris, and if you do not plan to leave the international zone of the airport, you do not need to apply for a Schengen visa of any kind);

    • are a spouse/minor child of a European Union citizen;

    • hold a diplomatic passport;

    • are a flight crew member -national of a contracting party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.

- If you are not listed above, you DO NEED an airport transit visa, only if you are citizen from the following countries :

Afghanistan Angola [1] Bangladesh
Cameroon [2] Chad [3] Rep. of Congo [4]
Dem. Rep. of Congo Cuba [5] Dominican Republic [6]
Eritrea Ethiopia Ghana
Guinea Guinea-Bissau [7] Haïti [8]
India [9] Iraq Iran
Ivory Coast [10] Mali [11] Mauritania [12]
Nigeria Pakistan Palestinians
Russia [13] Senegal [14] Somalia
South Sudan Sri Lanka Sudan [15]
Syria [16] Togo [17]


4- How to make an appointment?

For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 6, have to appear personally at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

Please bear in mind that applications cannot be processed more than 3 months before your departure date.

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, with no walk-ins allowed.

Make an appointment by clicking here

No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

IF YOU CANNOT PRINT YOUR CONFIRMATION RECEIPT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM. Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment.

Make sure you bring all the required documents when coming to the Consulate General.

5- Processing time

An airport transit visa may be issued within two or three days upon application.

6- Requirements

ATTENTION: please read this important announcement before preparing your file:

From April 5th 2010, the implementation of the new Schengen code for the issue of visas will take effect. On this occasion, we would like to remind all visa applicants that each file must be presented in exact duplicate (original of each document with their photocopies, as listed on the website). The Consulate will, in no circumstance, make any photocopies and files can no longer be completed at a later stage. All the files presented will be carefully examined by the Visa Department. However, we wish to emphasize the fact that if you do not produce all the requested documents (originals with their photocopies), the visa will be denied. No exception will be made. For this reason, we do advise you to prepare your file with the utmost care in order to avoid any delays.

  1. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.

  2. Processing fee

  3. One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read carefully the explanations).

  4. One ID picture stapled onto the application form (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth)

  5. proof of your status in the USA (US visa along with a copy of I-20 / I-AP66 / I-94, or an Advance Parole document.
    We do NOT accept applications from B1/B2 visa holders. They must apply in their country of residence

  6. Your travel itinerary to your country of destination : you MUST BOOK your airline ticket but do not purchase until the visa has been approved.

  7. if applicable : a valid visa (+ ONE COPY) for the country which is your main destination.

  8. If the applicant is under 18 years old and travelling without his parents:
    • notarized copy of his (her) birth certificate
    • notarized authorization from both parents allowing their child to travel to France or from the parent exercising full custody of the child according to the divorce decree.
    • if you are divorced : certified copy of divorce decree stating that you have full custody of the child(ren).

  9. A self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from the US POST OFFICE ONLY - NO FEDEX / UPS / AIRBORNE EXPRESS accepted. You may use one envelope per family if you buy `flat rate`

    Please do NOT stick the mailing label on the envelope and fill out as follows :

FROM:
CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE
205N. Michigan Ave, Suite 3700
CHICAGO, IL 60601
TO:
Your full name
Your address

7- Important information

  • 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.

  • Please note that holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control upon first entry into a Schengen country. The visa itself does not grant the right to enter the Schengen space.

Last update: 01/02/2013


[1] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[2] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[3] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[4] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[5] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[6] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[7] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[8] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[9] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[10] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[11] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[12] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[13] only Russian citizens arriving from an Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Moldavian, Turkish or Egyptian airport. Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[14] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[15] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

[16] Airport transit visa is not required for diplomatic passport holders.

[17] Airport transit visa is not required for official passport holders.

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