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transit visa requirement ? [Russian National flying MOW-FRA-CPT]

Old Oct 3, 18, 1:31 pm
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transit visa requirement ? [Russian National flying MOW-FRA-CPT]

Hi, my fiancee is a Russian national travelling from Moscow to Cape Town on a Lufthansa flight. She transits via Frankfurt airport to get her connecting flight to Cape Town. She remains airside at all times. Does she need any sort of visa en route to her departure gate for onward travel to South Africa.
Similarly, on her return from Cape Town to Moscow she flies Swiss Air via Zurich. Will she need any visa as she makes her way to the connecting flight in Zurich?
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Old Oct 3, 18, 1:58 pm
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She should already have checked this before purchasing a ticket and can do so on TIMATIC (which is what LH will use). She may access TIMATIC free through a number of portals. One of them is:

https://www.united.com/web/en-US/app...aspx?i=TIMATIC


It would appear that she will require visas for both Germany and Switzerland. But, she should double-check the exact dates as travel dates, passport expiration, type of passport, and ticket status might affect the result (however unlikely).
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Old Oct 3, 18, 2:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Often1 View Post
It would appear that she will require visas for both Germany and Switzerland.
Why do you think this is the case? France is the only Schengen country I can see that imposes an airside transit visa requirement on Russian citizens (and even so, only when they are arriving from certain countries) who are travelling for a short visit to another country and then returning to Russia, as long as she is able to enter South Africa.
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Old Oct 3, 18, 6:28 pm
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Read the specific language for Russian nationals transiting Germany and Switzerland. Both provide an exemption from the transit visa requirement for arrivals from non-Schengen Member States. OP's wife is arriving from Russia which is not an EU Member State.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 4:51 am
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According to the TIMATIC information in the link above it states



Transiting without a visa is possible for:

Passengers transiting through Frankfurt (FRA) or Munich (MUC), arriving from a non-Schengen
Member State with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight within 24 hours to a third country which is not a Schengen Member State. They must:
- stay in the international transit area of the airport, and
- have documents required for their next destination.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 5:02 am
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Brill, you're a star dj, thanks for that invaluable and important info, a big help )
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Old Oct 5, 18, 5:15 am
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Citizens of the Russian Federation do not need a transit visa as long as they stays in the transit zone of the airport.
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