Airport Transit Visa (ATV)

Effective on the 15th of July 2015, nationals from the Philippines will need an Airport Transit Visa (ATV). Such visa is destined for Filipino travellers that have to stop and wait for several hours for their next flight in the international transit area of a French designated airport. However, if you planned to stay overnight, visit France for a few hours before embarking your next flight or change airport, you will need to apply for a regular tourist Schengen visa and not an airport transit visa.

Seamen will still be issued short stay Schengen visas and do not required to apply for an ATV if embarking on their vessel in France.

Scenarios:

- If you are transiting through a French airport to travel to a non-Schengen state, you won’t leave the international transit area of the airport, you, therefore, are obliged to obtain an airport transit visa.
Ex : Manila, Philippines – Paris CDG, French airport – Casablanca, Morocco

- If you are transiting through a French airport to a Schengen member states, you will need to apply for a short stay visa, ‘C’ category and not an ATV.
Ex: Manila, Philippines – Paris CDG, French airport – Madrid, Spain

Exceptions:

- Holders of a valid visa issued by any European member states*, Switzerland, the United States or Canada do not need an airport transit visa to transit to a French designated airport.

- Holders of a valid residence permit issued by any European member states, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Japan, Andorra, Monaco or Saint Martin do not need an airport transit visa to transit a French designated airport.

The European member states include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Requirements for airport transit visa:

- Signed Schengen visa application form with photo (35mm x 45mm, white background).
- Valid passport (3 months’ validity from the end of intended stay) and photocopy of valid and former visas.
- Detailed reservation and itinerary. Round trip airline tickets with confirmed reservations at the time of issuance of the visa.
- Any proof showing that the applicant will not stay within the Schengen area but will only transit.

To be able to apply at the French Embassy in Manila, you must be residing in the Philippines for more than six months.

For any further information, you can contact us: visas.manille-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Dernière modification : 30/07/2015

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