Airport Transit Visa
An airport transit visa is mandatory for some travelers and allows them to remain in the international area of an airport while transiting between one international flight and another. This requirement is an exception to the general privilege of transit without visa for international areas. An airport transit visa does not allow the applicant to enter and stay in any Schengen member state.
Airport transit visas do not apply to Lebanese citizens. However, if their transit involves a change of airport, they should apply for a transit visa.
This visa is mandatory only for the below nationalities and in the specified sets of personal circumstances if they wish to transit through the international zone of a French airport:
- The following nationalities, except for diplomatic passports holders:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka.
- Holders of ordinary passports issued by the following countries:
Angola, Cameroon, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Cote d´Ivoire, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Togo.
- Holders of all types of passports issued by Guinea(Conakry), except for diplomatic passports.
- Holders of a travel document for Palestinian refugees.
- From the 15th January 2013, Syrian Nationals are required to apply for an Airport Transit Visa.
The above mentioned foreigners do not need to apply for an airport transit visa in the following cases:
a. Holders of a valid visa, a national long stay visa or a residence permit issued by a Schengen State.
b. Holders of a valid residence permit issued by a European Union member that has not fully implemented the Schengen Agreement (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, United Kingdom, Ireland); a State party to the agreement of 2 May 1992 on the European Economic Area that has not fully implemented the Schengen Agreement (Liechtenstein, Andorra, San Marino); Canada, Japan or the United States of America, having granted the holder a right of unconditional return.
c. Holders of a valid visa for a European Union member or member of the European Economic Area that have not fully implemented the Schengen Agreement (see point b. above), Canada, Japan or the United States of America or citizens returning from these countries after using the visa, even if this visa is no longer valid, to any destination.
d. Family members of a citizen of the European Union or an associated country (state members of the European Economic Area and Switzerland)
e. Holders of diplomatic passports
f. Plane crew members holding licenses and certificates according to the appendix of the Chicago Convention