Schengen/German Airport Transit Visa

Citizens from certain must obtain a German Airport Transit visa to transit planes in Germany. That is to say that a non-German from the list of in the next section must get the vis to change their planes at a German airport. This visa is also called the “A” visa. It is a stamp on the holder’s passport. It permits the holder to spend at most 12 hours in a German airport while waiting for the next flight to his/her final destination.

Who needs a German Airport Transit Visa?

Germany is located in the heart of Europe. Also, it has one of the best airports. So many planes fly in and out of German airports daily. However, many non-Germans do not need an airport transit visa to pass through a German airport. However, nationals from certain countries need the airport transit visa to change their plane at a German airport. The list of these countries is as given below:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Mali
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri-Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Turkey

However, there are nationals from the above-listed countries who can be exempted from getting the transit visa. Any citizen from the above-listed countries will be exempted if they belong to any of the following groups:

  • If they are holders of a diplomatic passport.
  • The holders of a valid US visa.
  • Holders of a valid non-Schengen country visa issued by the US
  • Holders of a valid for any Schengen member state. Also, valid visas to Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, Romania or UK.
  • Jordanian citizens who have been issued a visa to Australia, Israel or New Zealand.
  • Turkish nationals who are holders of Official and Service passports do not require an Airport Transit visa to change their plane in Germany.
  • Children of an EU/EFTA/EEA national who has a British “Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National”
  • Legal partners (married, same-sex or common-law)

German Transit Airports

Germany has about 300 airports. However, not all these airports can be used for transit in Germany. You can stay in any of the following airports without a transit visa.

  • Berlin Airport, at Berlin-Tegel (06:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. only). This is only for Air Berlin passengers.
  • Cologne/Bonn Airport (4:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. only)
  • Frankfurt/Main airport (open 24 hours)
  • Hamburg Airport (4:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. only)
  • Munich Airport (open 24 hours)
  • Düsseldorf Airport (6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. only). This is only possible if the airline has arranged the transit beforehand with the Federal Police. The Federal Police is responsible for cross-border security.

Also, the airline you are using must arrange for transit beforehand. The German authorities in charge of cross-border security must be informed of the transit by the airline. The connection must be at least 75 minutes.

Most noteworthy, you do not a German airport transit visa if:

  • You have an open ticket
  • The transit is longer than 12 hours. That is to say, you can stay in the international transit area for at most 12 hours.
  • You have to pick up your luggage
  • You have to check-in again
  • the transit is through two or more Schengen Area countries.

You must obtain a visitor visa if you fall in any of the above-listed categories.

How to apply for a German Airport Transit Visa?

The application process for a German airport transit visa is a little different. However, you have to schedule an appointment online and then submit the required documents.

Where and When to apply for a Schengen Airport Transit Visa for Germany?

You can apply for a German visa at a German Embassy or Consulate. Also, you can apply to a recognized Visa application centre. Find the German Mission closest to you here.

Submit your application for a German airport transit visa 3 months before your intended travel date. The latest should be 2 weeks to travel date. This is to avoid delays.

Requirements to get a German Airport Transit Visa

You have to provide certain documents before you can get a transit visa. The requirements for a German transit visa are less than other visa types. You need to provide the following documents:

  • Filled application form: Fill the form, and download it. Make two copies of the form. Sign both forms.
  • Two passport-sized photographs: These photographs must meet the requirements.
  • A valid passport: The passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your intended transit date. The passport must be less than 10 years old. It must have at least one blank page. The blank page carries the visa stamp.
  • A copy of your passport’s data page. This must contain your names and date of birth. Also, it must contain the passport’s issue and expiry dates. The copy must be on A4 sized paper.
  • Declaration of Accuracy of Information
  • Flight itinerary or Flight booking: This must show the final destination.
  • A copy of a valid visa or residence permit for your final destination.
  • Proof of residence: Any utility bill or driver’s license in your name.
  • Submit a letter from your university if you are a student. The letter must be signed with blue ink.
  • Provide a Biz-File issued by ACRA if you are self-employed.
  • If Employed: Provide a letter from your employer. Also, the letter must contain the beginning of your employment, your salary, and vacation period. The letter must be signed with blue ink.
  • Provide your spouse employment information as above if you are a dependent spouse. Also, include your marriage certificate.
  • Minor children must present their birth certificate, school letter and parent’s marriage certificate. The originals and copies are necessary. Also, both parents have to sign the application form at the Embassy.

German Airport Transit Visa Fees

The fee for a German airport transit is €60. All German and Schengen Visas have a visa fee. The fee must be paid before the application can be handled. However, there are some exceptions and exemptions. For instance, children under six years of age, students, pupils and teachers on study or educational trips don’t have to pay the visa fee.

The German visa for all types is non-refundable. No matter the circumstances. You can’t get back the fee even if you decide to withdraw or due to poor health.

What is the Processing Time?

The processing time for a German Airport transit visa usually takes less than 5 days. However, apply early to avoid delays.

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