Airport transit visa
An airport transit visa (type A) is for transiting through the international transit areas of airports in the Schengen Area, but not for entering the territory of a Schengen state.
Whether you require a Schengen airport transit visa depends on your nationality.
Travelers, even though they have a visa required nationality, are exempt from having an airport transit visa for transit if they:
- Hold a valid visa or residence permit issued by a Schengen state.
- Hold a visa valid for a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area, Canada, Japan or the United States.
- Hold a valid residence permit issued by a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area.
- Hold a residence permit issued by the Principality of Andorra, Canada, Japan, the Republic of San Marino, or the United States, that guarantees unrestricted right of return.
- Are a family member of a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland.
- Hold a diplomatic passport.
- Are on-duty aircrew and a national of a country that is a party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.