Airport Transit Visas

Airport Transit Visas for Germany are required by nationals of the following countries (please refer to the list of exceptions below, as highlighted by the * asterisks):

AfghanistanBangladeshEthiopiaEritrea
GhanaIndiaIraqIran
Jordan *2LebanonMaliNigeria
PakistanSomaliaSouth SudanSri Lanka
SudanSyriaTurkey *1

General Exceptions:

Nationals of the above mentioned countries Do NOT require an airport transit visa if

  • they possess a valid visa for the UK, Ireland, Japan, Canada, USA, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lichtenstein) or
  • they are a partner (married, common-law or same sex) or child of an EU/EEA/EFTA national and hold a British "Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National" or
  • they are holders of diplomatic passports or
  • they are in possession of a valid visa for a Member State of the EU, Canada, Japan or the United States of America, or when they return from these countries after having used the visa

Exceptions (see numbers above for specific country):

*1 Turkish holders of Service and Official passports do NOT require an Airport Transit Visa for Germany.

*2 Jordan nationals do NOT require an Airport Transit Visa if:

  • a) they have a visa for Australia, Israel or New Zealand and a confirmed flight ticket or bording card for the flight to this country. The exception is only valid for this trip from Jordan to the countries listed above.
  • b) and after their stay in the countries mentioned above for the return to Jordan with a confirmed flight ticket or boarding card and the transit time in Germany does not exceed 12 hours.

IMPORTANT: All other nationalities can travel without an Airport Transit Visa if they have a confirmed flight ticket ("OK") and under the condition that the airport in Germany has an international transit area (only Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Cologne) and that they do not change Terminals. Otherwise a normal transit visa must be obtained before starting the trip.

Airport Transit Visas

Airbus A330-200F

Appointment Booking

Terminvergabe

All visa applicants are required to make an appointment. Due to a high demand please consider a waiting period for up to 3 months. Do NOT book a flight before booking an appointment.

Contact visa section

For general enquiries regarding Schengen visas and appointments please contact VFS.

Tel: 0871 376 2101 (Monday-Friday 08:30-17:30)

Email: vfshelpline%27%com,info%27%schengen

Internet: www.vfsglobal.com/germany/uk

For enquiries regarding residence permits you can contact the visa section on tel: 0207 8241 466 (Monday - Thursday 13.30 - 15.30). Please note that we will not be able to give applicants information on the status of their application or if it will be successful.

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