Airport Transit Visa

30.01.2020 - Article

Citizens of some nationalities require an airport transit visa for the Schengen area. This visa allows a short stop-over at an international airport only.

German customs officer with passport
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Citizens of some nationalities require an airport transit visa for the Schengen area. This visa allows a short stop-over at an international airport only. Neither leaving the airport’s international transit area, nor overnight stays in a hotel are permitted. If you need to leave theinternational transit area (i.e. in order to catch a connecting flight at another airport to leave the Schengen area), please apply for a regular Schengen visa.

Visa Needed?

Airport Transit Visa requirements depend on the citizenship of the applicant. Citizens of many countries do not need a  Airport Transit Visa to Germany. 

Nationals of the following countries do not have the transit privilege and therefore require an airport transit visa (category A):

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan *
  • Lebanon
  • Mali
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Turkey *

* certain exceptions apply to these countries

Exceptions from the requirement to hold an airport transit visa:

  • Holders of valid visas and national residence permits of Schengen countries
  • Holders of certain national residence permits from the following countries: Andorra, Japan, Canada, San Marino, United States of America
  • Holders of valid visas from the EEA countries (the , Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland)

Is the German Embassy responsible for processing your application?

The German Embassy  in Wellington is responsible for processing your application if you transiting through a German Airport.

Only five airports in Germany have an International Transit Area enabling you to transit without formally entering the Schengen area. Please check here for more Information.

Where and How to apply?

Visa applications can only be lodged with the German Embassy in Wellington. Honorary Consuls do not handle any visa applications. According to the Schengen regulations, you may apply up to 6 months before entry into Germany for your visa. However, due to generally short waiting times for an appointment as well as usual processing time of 7  - 10 days for complete applications, we recommend you apply within 3 months of intended travel to Germany.

The Embassy requires that you book an appointment in order to apply for a visa. Appointments have to be booked via our free online appointment system. You have to submit your application in person in Wellington.

Applicants who have already had a Schengen visa  within the last 5 years, for which Fingerprints were succesfully taken,may also submit their complete application by post.

In this case payment can only made in cash.

What do I need to fill out and provide?

   1. Schengen Visa application form

Please have your complete application ready for your appointment and do not include staples, post it notes, paperclips and folders of any kind. The photograph(s) is/ are not allowed to be stapled, glued or blue tacked to the form.

   2. Required documentation according to the checklist Airport Transit Visa


   3. Please read the data protection regulation

      and print out the data protection signature sheet

  4. Visa fees

      Please note that credit card payment is not possible for visa applications until further notice 

What happens after your application?

Please do not contact the Embassy about the status of your visa application.

As soon as  your application has been processed your will either be contacted by phone or email for pick up or provided you have included a self-addressed courier envelope we will send the passport out to you.

If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.

Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the period of validity. This is the time period in which you can travel.





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