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A Transit Schengen Visa is a permit for persons who only need to enter the Schengen territory in order to change their means of transport. It is designated for travelers that have to change flights at a Schengen airport. Transit visa’s holder is allow to stop and wait in the international transit area of a Schengen airport for their flight to their destination country. However, they will not be permitted to leave the international transit area of an airport, even if the traveler has to wait overnight. If you need to transit through more than one airport within the Schengen Area, then you are no longer eligible for an Airport Transit Visa. You should instead apply for a regular Schengen Visa (C Type).
There are two types of Transit Schengen Visas that you can apply including Airport Transit Schengen Visa and Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers.
The required documents to apply for an Airport Transit Schengen Visa are as following:
If you need to apply for Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers, there are some more required documents compared with Airport transit Schengen visa:
To apply for a Transit Schengen visa, you must follow these steps:
Step 1: Check if you need to apply for this visa.
Step 2: Complete the Schengen visa application form.
Step 3: Collect the required documents. You can find the required documents for a Schengen visa listed and explained above in this article.
Step 4: Make an appointment.
Step 5: Attend your appointment to submit the required documents on time.
Step 6: Pay the fee. The fee for a Transit visa is €60.
You can submit Transit Schengen Visa Application Form at many authority missions including:
Depend on the country you will transport through its airport to choose the suitable place for submitting the application.
It will take approximately two week for Transit Schengen visa process. You will receive the answer within 2 weeks. However, the processing may take up to 30 or 60 calendar days in some special situations.
Your transit Schengen visa application must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to your trip towards the Schengen Zone. However, it is highly recommended to submit your application as soon as possible, though you cannot do it more than three months prior to your planned departure date.
This transit visa is valid for 24 hours, and only in the international transit area of a Schengen airport. If you want to stay longer you must apply for a regular Schengen visa. However, you can stay for maximum 5 days in the Schengen territory with Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers.
Citizens of the following countries need an airport transit visa in order to change the airplane at an airport in any Schengen Area country:
Most of Schengen countries have some extra countries in the list of those who need an airport transit visa, when traveling through their airports as follow: