Airport Transit in Germany


Citizens of certain countries need to apply for an airport transit visa, which authorizes them to pass through the international transit zone at a Schengen State airport and to await a connecting flight to a non-Schengen country.

Visa Needed?

Entry clearance requirements depend on the citizenship of the applicant. Nationals of the following countries are required to be in possession of an airport transit visa when passing through the international transit area of airports in Germany: Airport Transit Country List PDF / 250 KB

Please note: Travelers with an expired US-Visa and Approval Notice are required to have an airport transit visa, otherwise problems may arise during transit in Germany.

Where and how to apply?

German consular services are available through its Embassy in Washington and Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.

All German Missions require that you schedule an appointment in order to apply for a visa. Appointments have to be booked via our free online appointment system. Except for rare instances, you have to submit your application in person.

Click below to find out where to submit your application and to learn about any specific application procedures. Due to local particularities handling and processing may vary slightly among the German missions involved. Consulate Finder

What do I need to fill out?

Which documents are required?

Do I need an appointment to file my visa application?

All German Missions require that you schedule an appointment in order to apply for a visa. Please check specific appointment requirements on the website of the mission that is responsible for you: Scheduling an Appointment

Please note that for the time being the Safari browser is incompatible with the appointment booking System!

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