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Airport transit visa

Airbus A330-200F

Airbus A330-200F, © dpa/pa


The vast majority of foreign travellers benefit from the “transit privilege” - if during a stopover at a German airport, you do not leave the International Airport Area and if the destination is not in a Schengen country, you do not need a transit visa.

However, certain nationals require an airport transit visa (category A) for transit at a German airport.

An up-to-date list of countries whose nationals request an airport transit visa and further information on airport transit visa can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

Airport transit visa

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