France Transit Visa From UAE

When international citizens travel from the United Arab Emirates and have an airport transfer in France, they may need to apply for a French Airport Transit Visa (ATV) – even if they’re not leaving the international zone of the airport.

It can be difficult to understand if you need an ATV but not having one in place prior to travel will result in refusal into and removal from a French airport. Avoid any awkwardness by seeking advice from Total Law and clarifying if you need a transit visa; and let us help you apply for one if you do. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

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    Do Citizens of UAE Need a France Transit Visa?

    Emirati nationals do not need to apply for a French Airport Transit Visa if they have a stop-over at a French airport. However, those who are travelling from the UAE to anywhere else not in the Schengen area will need one if they are a citizen of any of the following states:

    Afghanistan Angola Bangladesh
    Bolivia Cameroon Central African Republic
    Chad Democratic People’s Republic of Congo Cuba
    Dominican Republic Eritrea Ethiopia
    Ghana Guinea Haiti
    India Iran Iraq
    Ivory Coast Mali Mauritania
    Nepal Nigeria Pakistan
    Palestine Philippines Russia
    Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia
    South Sudan Sri Lanka Sudan
    Syria Togo Yemen

    This visa class is intended for nationals of any of the abovementioned territories who will be landing at a French airport, even if they do not intend to leave the international zone of that airport. Their stay must equate to no longer than 24 hours in the airport. If the traveller does have to leave the international zone of the airport for whatever reason, they must apply for a short stay visa.

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    What Are The Application Requirements of The France Transit Visa?

    All travellers from the abovementioned countries require an Airport Transit Visa if they’re stopping over at a French airport, even if not leaving the international zone within it. However, there are some exemptions to the rule even if the applicant is from a country of specific listing.

    The following means that no visa will need to be applied for:

    • The applicant is a member of airline crew who is national of a state party to the Chicago Convention
    • The applicant holds a valid residence permit issued by a European Union or European Economic Area member state
    • The applicant holds a valid residence permit issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, Monaco, San Marino or the USA
    • The applicant has an immediate family member that is a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland
    • The applicant holds a valid Schengen visa or long-stay national visa for any Schengen country

    However, even if the exemption criteria applies, the following will offset it and dictate that an Airport Transfer Visa does need to be obtained:

    • The traveller will have to pick up baggage and/or check in to a flight again
    • The traveller will transfer through two or more airport in Schengen states
    • The traveller holds an open ticket

    What Are The Required Documents for The France Transit Visa?

    The application form for a French Airport Transit Visa must be submitted with relevant supporting documents. Supporting documents must be translated into the French language if not already at least partially in French.

    These documents are as follows:

    • A valid passport not over 10 years old that expires no sooner than three months after the intended departure date from the French airport
      • The passport must be entirely undamaged
      • The passport must have at least two empty pages
      • A photocopy of the passport data page should be included
    • Two passport standard photographs not over six months old
    • A valid visa or other authorising document for the traveller’s entry to their final destination
    • Valid return flight reservations
    • A letter detailing the reason for travel to the end destination – either written by the applicant themselves or by their employer if the travel is taking place for work purposes

    A non-refundable application fee of €80 must be paid at the time of the form and supporting documents submission.

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      How To Apply For a France Transit Visa

      A French Airport Transit Visa should be applied for at least 15 working days before the intended date of the applicant’s departure, but the application process in some territories can run over this timeframe. The exact process varies depending on the home country of the applicant, but the following can be considered a broad guide:

      Recruit a relevant legal representative

      If a visa is applied for but declined, the consequences can cause difficulties for travellers as they seek to rebook and reroute their travels through different states.

      It is also unlikely that if a French Airport Transit Visa is declined that the applicant will be able to receive one for any other country in the Schengen area – making having to manage re-arrangements even trickier.

      Applicants can maximise their chances of visa application success by working with a specialist immigration lawyer such as the team at Total Law. Call us to learn more on +44 (0)333 305 9375.

      Prepare supporting documents

      French immigration authorities most commonly decline applications because the documents submitted in support of them are incorrect or incomplete. It is always advised, therefore, that all supporting documents are compiled ahead of time so that they may be checked and translated into French prior to submission.

      File application

      The exact application filing process for a Transit Visa is dependent on the home country of the applicant. Some territories allow for the filing of the application form online, whereas others require an in-person appointment at the local French Consulate General or Embassy.

      Appointments to file a visa application must be booked in advance. All supporting documents must be taken to the appointment as well as cash or card to pay the application fee. In some instances, French authorities may require biometric data such as fingerprints to be taken at this appointment.

      Receive decision

      The local Embassy or Consulate General should be able to give an estimation of how long it will take to receive a visa decision, but it must be noted that travellers should not depart for France until they have received one. Anecdotally, most Transit Visa applications are processed within 15 working days – but this is largely dependent on the workload and demand fluctuations of the local immigration authority office.

      In most cases, the applicant will receive a visa by post. If for whatever reason the application is declined, a letter detailing why and offering information on any recourse to appeal will be provided.

      Travel to France

      Once the Transit Visa has been supplied, the traveller is free to depart. They will still not be permitted to leave the international zone of the airport and should seek assistance on the ground from French authorities if they need any further information upon arrival.

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      France Transit Visa Costs

      There is a non-refundable application fee of €80 per applicant, which must be paid at the time of application submission. No visa application will be processed without this fee having been paid.

      Applicants should be aware that there is likely to be indirect costs incurred as a result of a visa application being made, for which they are responsible. This includes the costs of photocopying, translation services and any legalisation required.

      How Can Total Law Help?

      At Total Law we specialise in international immigration law, helping travellers from all over the world apply for and receive visas to live, work, study and holiday in other countries. Immigration law can be particularly complex and so we ensure to keep all of our communications in plain English without jargon and help our clients navigate the systems in the simplest way possible.

      Whether you need help compiling supporting documentation, filling out an application form, preparing for an in-person visa interview or just identifying which visa is right for you, call the Total Law team today for help on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                If a traveller is from one of the countries requiring a Transit Visa, they will need to obtain one even if they’re not leaving the international zone of the airport. If they do leave this zone, even if not the airport building, they will need to apply for a short stay visa.

                The French Consulate General and Embassy of France in the UAE typically do not deal with Transit Visa applications as they’re not a visa class required by Emirati citizens.

                However, if a foreign national is in the country and needs to apply for one they may be able to process it by prior agreement. Travellers should contact the Consulate and/or Embassy closest to them to discuss their individual circumstances.

                If you’re a dual citizen of one of the states which do require a Transit Visa when travelling through a French airport, it is recommended that you travel under whichever passport is not that of the listed country. If the two countries of which you are citizen both qualify for this visa class, you will need to apply for one.

                All airports are the property of and subject to the law of whichever state they are geographically located in. However, many have transiting areas to facilitate the travel of connecting passengers which are considered ‘international zones’. In these areas, the usual immigration rules of the country don’t apply and so providing the traveller does not leave this zone, they are not considered to have entered a new country.