All you should know about France Transit Visa

The most visited country in the world is one of the safest countries as well. France attracts more than 90 million people every year. Due to its security, many flights pass through its airspace. So many people take connecting flights in French airports. Depending on some factors, you might need a France Transit Visa to catch your connecting flight in this country. In this blog, we will explain if you need this visa or not, requirements, application, fees, validity, FAQs, etc.


What is France Transit Visa?

France Transit Visa comes into the short-stay visa types. It is for foreign passengers who make a short stay in the international zone of a French airport to travel to another place. By a France Transit visa, you can only access to the international zone of a French airport. You may not enter Schengen territory.

You need this visa because Schengen law DOES NOT ALLOW foreigners to travel/stay in the French international zone without the visa.

The France Transit visa varies depending on your:

  • The purpose of your travel
  • Means of transport

The types are as following:

  • Air-companies’ staff members visa
  • An airport transit visa, “A-visa.”
  • Seafarer’s transit visa


There are three types of France Transit visa by the entrance

  1. A one-way transit visa, which allows one-way transit through a Schengen country;
  2. A return Transit visa, which allows returning airport transit through one or two Schengen countries;
  3. A multiple Transit visa, which allows various transits through one or more Schengen countries.


France Transit vs. France Tourist Visa

Both of these visas come into short-stay visas. The documents, requirements, fees, and the procedure is the same.

You can use the France tourist visa to explore or visit 25 Schengen states. But you can pass through France by a Transit visa to your final destination.


Who Needs a France Transit Visa?

Foreigners who NEED a France Transit Visa to transit through a French airport to another destination are citizens of the following countries:



Afghanistan Pakistan
Bangladesh Sri Lanka
Iraq Syria
Iran  Palestinians who have a travel document for a refugee that has been issued by Egypt, Lebanon, or Syria.


North America

Cuba Dominican Republic Haïti



Cameroon Eritrea Ivory Coast Senegal
Angola Ethiopia Libya Somalia
Chad Ghana Mali South Sudan
Republic of Congo Guinea Mauritania Sudan
The Democratic Republic of Congo Guinea Bissau Nigeria Togo 

Since July 23rd, 2018, the Indian nationals don’t need the France Transit visa. But they need a short-stay visa to leave French airports and visit France.


France Transit Visa Exemptions

You can be the national of the above countries but can be exempt from applying for a France Transit visa. The foreign nationals who don’t need a France Transit visa regardless of their nationality:

  • The people who have a diplomatic or service passport.
  • Airline crew members who are nationals of a state party to the Chicago Convention;
  • Those who have a valid residence permit issued by EU/EEA members;
  • The people who have a residence permit issued by the Principality of:
Andorra  Monaco Norway
Japan The Republic of San Marino Switzerland
Canada  Iceland Holy See
The United States of America Liechtenstein San Marino

The residence permit must guarantee the unrestricted right of return.

The people who have a valid visa or a member state of:

EEA Japan

The family members of a citizen of:

EU EEA Switzerland
  • The people who have a valid:
    •  Schengen visa
    •  Residence permit or long-stay national visa issued by a Schengen state.


France Transit visa does not apply for you if:

  • You must pick up your baggage or check-in again
  • Applicants are transitting through two or more airports in the Schengen Countries
  • You have an open ticket.


What are the Required Documents for France Transit Visa?

Aside from the general requirements for a France visa, you need these documents to apply for a France Transit Visa:

  • Passport. It must:
    • Got issued in the past ten years,
    • Valid for more than three months beyond your travel.
    • Have at least two empty pages
    • Undamaged

Get a copy of the passport data page.

  • A France short-stay visa application form.
  • Two photos.
  • The visa of the country you will travel to + a copy.
  • A reserved round-trip flight ticket.
  • A Cover letter from your employer, in case you are traveling for your work. It should say the reason you travel is related to your business.
  • The full travel itinerary
  • A cover letter from you if you are traveling for private reasons. It must explain the purpose of your travel.
  • If your children or family members live out of your home country, provide a complete list of them.


Requirements for seafarers

  • A cover letter from you to explain the purpose of your travel. It must be signed.
  • A valid visa/resident permit of the country you will travel to + a copy.
  • The documents explaining the purpose of your traveling:
    • A letter of appointment. A work contract that shows the ship’s nationality.
    • An invitation letter from a port agent/cruise company in France.
    • A confirmation letter issued from the shipping company that hired the candidate. It must show your travel purpose. (stamped and signed)
    • Your records book as a seafarer.
    • Seafarer’s certificate (valid).
  • Former visas in the past three years with entry stamps
    • Schengen visa
    • US visa
    • UK visa
    • Canadian visa
  • A medical document which shows your health status. It must show you have no dangerous/transmittable disease that could threaten the public.


How Much Does a France Transit Visa Cost?

You have to pay €80s after applying to get the French Transit Visa.


Let’s sum up …

In this blog, we explained all about the France Transit Visa.

The countries that need and don’t need it, the groups who are exempt from it, the required documents, and etc. got explained.

You can find all the France visa information in the world here. France is one of the most transit countries in the world. You might need to pass through it one day.

To find out more about the visa that suits you, go through the menu of the site. You can find all the France types of visas at the left sidebar.

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