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20cs06
07-31-2015, 11:45 AM
hi,

I contacted French Embassy and they said transit visa is not required if our passport has expired or unexpired visa stamp.

Since I need to use AP doc do i still need transit visa...pls let me know....


anybody travelled via paris without tranist visa using AP...pls let us know...

hariswaminathan
07-31-2015, 04:24 PM
hi,

I contacted French Embassy and they said transit visa is not required if our passport has expired or unexpired visa stamp.

Since I need to use AP doc do i still need transit visa...pls let me know....


anybody travelled via paris without tranist visa using AP...pls let us know...

So I've been through Paris 3 times over the past year using AP from USA to India with no issues. This last month however, while i was checking in, Delta airlines suddenly told me I cannot travel and i need a Transit Visa. They showed me the French Consulate website in the US that says i need it. I didn't have an expired Visa since it was a new Passport. After much fighting they offloaded my family and I and i had to take an Emirates flight via Dubai 3 days later. Very long and harrowing journey and extremely frustrating.
In India however, when we contacted the French Consulate, they said we dont need a transit Visa and there is no mention of it on their website. We fought with Delta and had us changed back to flying via Paris. There was no issue in Paris during transit and the AP is absolutely fine.

So there is major inconsistency with US Airlines information & knowledge, double standards in French consulate information and these two entities don't seem to talk to each other and you could end up being stranded at the airport without being allowed to fly.

I would probably check with the airline before flying - and make sure you note down the name of the agent that tells you on the phone its fine to fly because when you arrive at the airport they will claim the agent will never have told you its ok, and its been the law for the past 10 years to require transit visas and you, the customer is lying.

20cs06
08-01-2015, 08:39 AM
thanks for your reply. I am getting really confusion. Actually My flight is booked form Detriot to bangalore, through Delta/KLM airlines but traveling through Airfrance form detriot to bangalore. Even Airfrance told me that transit visa is not required and also embassy sent mail transit visa is not required......but in website it clearly says for AP holders transit visa is required

sukhwinderd
08-01-2015, 08:44 AM
http://www.staralliance.com/en/services/visa-and-health/#

http://www.united.com/web/en-us/apps/vendors/default.aspx?i=timatic

posted here as well.
http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/forum107-interesting-topics/3096258-transit-visa-at-frankfurt-airport-with-ead-ap.html

AceMan
08-01-2015, 05:16 PM
thanks for your reply. I am getting really confusion. Actually My flight is booked form Detriot to bangalore, through Delta/KLM airlines but traveling through Airfrance form detriot to bangalore. Even Airfrance told me that transit visa is not required and also embassy sent mail transit visa is not required......but in website it clearly says for AP holders transit visa is required

If you think the website is correct, please take the visa. If you think Air France is correct then don't take the visa. Either ways you are correct.

hariswaminathan
08-01-2015, 06:07 PM
Sorry for the long winded message, but i extracted this from the French consulate in Chicago. The main point to note here is that at the bottom - even if you don't come under the transit visa not required category, you only need one if you are from the list of countries mentioned and India is not one of them. Therefore you dont need it. You can print this info out and take it with you to the airport....

- Do I need an airport transit visa ?
- You DO NOT NEED an airport transit visa if you :

hold a valid Schengen visa, national long-stay visa or residence permit issued by one of the European Union countries;

hold a valid residence permit issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the United States of America. For the US, valid residence permits are :

Form I-551 Permanent resident card (valid for 2 to 10 years),
Form I-551 Alien registration receipt card (valid for 2 to 10 years),
Form I-551 Alien registration receipt card (no expiry date),
Form I-327 Re-entry document (valid for two years — issued to holders of a I-551),
Resident alien card (valid for 2 or 10 years or no expiry date. This document guarantees the holder’s return only if his/her stay outside the USA has not exceeded one year),
Permit to re-enter (valid for two years. This document guarantees the holder’s return only if his/her stay outside the USA has not exceeded two years). The advance parole is NOT a re-entry permit.
Valid temporary residence stamp in the passport (valid for one year from the date of issue);

hold a valid visa for one of the countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Canada, Japan or the United States of America;

hold an expired visa for the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Canada, Japan or the United States of America but you are leaving the country which delivered it (for e.g., if you are an Indian citizen holding an expired US visa and flying to Dubai via Paris, and if you do not plan to leave the international zone of the airport, you do not need to apply for a Schengen visa of any kind);

are a spouse/minor child of a European Union citizen;

hold a diplomatic passport;

are a flight crew member -national of a contracting party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.

- If you are not listed above, you DO NEED an airport transit visa, only if you are citizen from the following countries :

Afghanistan Angola [1] Bangladesh
Cameroon [2] Chad [3] Rep. of Congo [4]
Dem. Rep. of Congo Cuba [5] Dominican Republic [6]
Eritrea Ethiopia Ghana
Guinea Guinea-Bissau [7] Haïti [8]
India [9] Iraq Iran
Ivory Coast [10] Mali [11] Mauritania [12]
Nigeria Pakistan Palestinians
Russia [13] Senegal [14] Somalia
South Sudan Sri Lanka Sudan [15]
Syria [16] Togo [17]

hariswaminathan
08-01-2015, 06:10 PM
Please ignore this post. I suddenly saw the list and saw India listed as one of the countries. Sorry for the error!


Sorry for the long winded message, but i extracted this from the French consulate in Chicago. The main point to note here is that at the bottom - even if you don't come under the transit visa not required category, you only need one if you are from the list of countries mentioned and India is not one of them. Therefore you dont need it. You can print this info out and take it with you to the airport....

- Do I need an airport transit visa ?
- You DO NOT NEED an airport transit visa if you :

hold a valid Schengen visa, national long-stay visa or residence permit issued by one of the European Union countries;

hold a valid residence permit issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the United States of America. For the US, valid residence permits are :

Form I-551 Permanent resident card (valid for 2 to 10 years),
Form I-551 Alien registration receipt card (valid for 2 to 10 years),
Form I-551 Alien registration receipt card (no expiry date),
Form I-327 Re-entry document (valid for two years — issued to holders of a I-551),
Resident alien card (valid for 2 or 10 years or no expiry date. This document guarantees the holder’s return only if his/her stay outside the USA has not exceeded one year),
Permit to re-enter (valid for two years. This document guarantees the holder’s return only if his/her stay outside the USA has not exceeded two years). The advance parole is NOT a re-entry permit.
Valid temporary residence stamp in the passport (valid for one year from the date of issue);

hold a valid visa for one of the countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Canada, Japan or the United States of America;

hold an expired visa for the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Canada, Japan or the United States of America but you are leaving the country which delivered it (for e.g., if you are an Indian citizen holding an expired US visa and flying to Dubai via Paris, and if you do not plan to leave the international zone of the airport, you do not need to apply for a Schengen visa of any kind);

are a spouse/minor child of a European Union citizen;

hold a diplomatic passport;

are a flight crew member -national of a contracting party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.

- If you are not listed above, you DO NEED an airport transit visa, only if you are citizen from the following countries :

Afghanistan Angola [1] Bangladesh
Cameroon [2] Chad [3] Rep. of Congo [4]
Dem. Rep. of Congo Cuba [5] Dominican Republic [6]
Eritrea Ethiopia Ghana
Guinea Guinea-Bissau [7] Haïti [8]
India [9] Iraq Iran
Ivory Coast [10] Mali [11] Mauritania [12]
Nigeria Pakistan Palestinians
Russia [13] Senegal [14] Somalia
South Sudan Sri Lanka Sudan [15]
Syria [16] Togo [17]

20cs06
08-13-2015, 01:31 PM
pls let me know if anybody travelled india via paris usin AP

vshar
08-13-2015, 02:31 PM
I travelled to India via Paris in Nov 2014. my travel agent said I don't need transit visa but I called French embassy and they said I need one so I took it.

good I had transit visa because at Delhi airport I was asked to show transit visa, I will suggest if you are in doubt then take the transit visa even though it cost money and efforts.

Thanks,

20cs06
08-14-2015, 07:55 AM
thank you...I am also thinking to get trnasit visa