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29.03.2019 - Article

In 6 steps to your airport transit visa

With a airport transit visa only one stop in the Schengen area is permit and the international transit area cannot be exited as well not to collect the luggage.


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, if for some reason you need to enter the Schengen area during your stopover (for example to change terminals or if the destination is in a Schengen country), you may require a visa; please plan for this. You should apply for a visa well before you travel!

Only five airports in Germany have an International Transit Area enabling you to transit without formally entering the Schengen area:

  • Frankfurt/Main
  • Munich
  • Hamburg (4.30 a.m. - 11.30 p.m. only)
  • Düsseldorf (6.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. only) and if the airline has arranged the transit beforehand with the authorities responsible for cross-border security (the Federal Police)
  • Cologne/Bonn (4.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. only)
  • Berlin-Tegel (06.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. only)

Nationals of the following countries do not have the transit privilege and therefore require an airport transit visa (category A) for transit at a German airport:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan *
  • Lebanon
  • Mali
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Turkey *

* certain exceptions apply to these countries

Exceptions from the requirement to hold an airport transit visa:

  • Holders of valid visas and national residence permits from EU and Schengen countries
  • Holders of certain national residence permits from the following countries: Andorra, Japan, Canada, San Marino, United States of America
  • Holders of valid visas from the EEA countries (the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) and visas issued by Japan, Canada and the United States of America


You can apply for an Airport Transit Visa if you are not leaving the transit area of ​​the airport. An airport transit visa can not be issued if

  • you have to change the terminal at the airport.
  • your luggage will not be checked automatically through and you will need to pick up your luggage from the luggage belt and check it in for your onward flight.
  • you have a stay of more than 24 hours.

Your airline can provide you with information about these questions.

Should you have to leave the transit area and consequently an issue of a transit visa is not possible, please apply for a Schengen visa.

Please prepare your application as follows:

Please fill out the visa application form

Please compile the documents you need to submit with your application. If documents or supporting documentation are missing, your application may be rejected. We have prepared a checklist for you.

Please make an appointment to submit your application. You may submit your application three months before the start of your planned trip at the earliest.

In order to send back the passport to your address, an additional prepaid airway bill for a courier service of your choice is required (not for applicants living in Trinidad).

In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment at the Embassy in person. Please be on time for your appointment. During this appointment, we kindly ask you to submit all of your application documents, pay the fee and answer questions about your planned trip. Your photograph and fingerprints will also be taken on this occasion.

Visa applicants will only have to provide such biometric data every 5 years. During this 5-year period, the fingerprints will be copied from the first visa application after 15 May 2014, so that frequent travellers will only have to complete the procedure once within this period.
The submission of applications via the Honorary Consul is not possible anymore; accept in the cases that applicants have provided fingerprints for a Schengen visa before. Please contact the Embassy prior to application.

The fee for a visa is 60 €. You can only pay in Trinidad and Tobago dollars. Unfortunately, we can not accept credit cards.

 The Embassy will review your application and make a decision on whether or not to grant you a visa. To this end, it will assess whether your application meets the legal requirements. Processing generally takes from three days up to two weeks in certain cases. We hope you will understand that we are not able to answer any questions on the status of your application during this processing period. After that, enquiries can only be answered if they are made by the applicant, his/her legal representative or another person authorised in writing by the applicant.

As soon as the Embassy has decided on your application, you can collect your passport between 11:00 and 11:30 in our visa section. You should collect your passport in person. If you are not able to collect it yourself, you can authorise another person to collect it for you.

If you have submitted a Prepaid Airway Bill together with your visa application, we will send you your passport.

There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected. These reasons are explained .
You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.


If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.
Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the period of validity. This is the time period in which you can travel. In addition, it will state the maximum number of days you can stay in the Schengen area during the period of validity of your visa. Our aim is to give you a certain amount of flexibility in planning your trip. In order to allow you to change your travel dates at short notice, visas are usually valid for 15 days longer than the maximum number of days you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area.
Please note that being granted a Schengen visa does not guarantee that you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area. The final decision on whether or not you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area will be made by the border police on your arrival. When you arrive, the border police may ask you to present additional documentation alongside your passport and valid visa with information on your financial means, the length and purpose of your stay, and your health insurance cover. You should therefore take a copy of your visa documents (including an invitation from Germany, hotel reservation and travel health insurance) with you on your trip.

Do you have a question? Your question may already be answered here , so we kindly ask you to read these questions and answers carefully before contacting the Embassy. Thank you very much.

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