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Do I Need An Airport Transit Visa?

I am planning to travel to Nigeria next month via Airfrance. I will be having a stop-over in Paris before proceeding to Lagos. I will like to know if I am going to need to obtain a transit visa to France before the trip.

I am resident in the UK on a temporary resident permit. I do not want to have the same experience I had in Amsterdam in 2007 when I travelled via KLM and was not allowed to return to Nigeria after my Schegen via expired. Please someone should help to answer this question before I make my reservations with Airfrance.

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National Nigeria (NG) /Residence Venezuela (VE)

Embarkation Venezuela (VE) /Transit France (FR)

Destination Nigeria (NG) /Visited Venezuela (VE)

ALSO CHECK DESTINATION INFORMATION BELOW

France (FR)

TWOV (Transit Without Visa):

Visa required, except for Those continuing their journey to a

third country by the same or a connecting aircraft, provided

arriving and departing from/to non-Schengen countries, and not

leaving the airport transit area.

- Nationals of Nigeria may use the TWOV facility mentioned

above if holding a visa for an E.E.A. country, Canada,

Japan, Switzerland or the U.S.A.(SEE NOTE 31613) .

NOTE 31613: This visa may have been used, provided

transiting France on the return journey.

Additional Information:

- All passengers must hold proof of repatriation, e.g.

onward/return ticket and documents for return/onward

journey, and sufficient funds for maintenance during their

stay;

Warning:

- Non-compliance with entry/transit requirements may result in

fines up to EUR 5,000.-.

No vaccinations are required to enter France from any country.

Nigeria (NG)

Passport required.

- Nationals of ECOWAS countries may enter with travel

documents valid on arrival.

Passport Exemptions:

- Holders of Emergency Travel Certificates (ETC), issued to

nationals of Nigeria.

VISA NOT REQUIRED.

Vaccination required against Yellow Fever if coming from

countries with infected areas.

Exempt from Yellow Fever vaccination:

- Children under 1 year of age.

- Transit passengers not leaving the airport in the infected

countries concerned.

Recommended:

- Malaria prophylaxis. Malaria risk - mainly in the malignant

(P. falciparum) form - exists throughout the year in the

whole country. Chloroquine and

sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine-resistant P. falciparum reported.

Recommended prevention: IV.

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Please can someone give an answer to this question,  I'm planing to travel to Nigeriavia France i m travelling with a Nigerianpassport and i have a resident visa of Venezuela stamped on it, would i be needing airport transit visa? thanks

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i dont think so, air france cancelled their transit visa thing.

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For any country,

Just follow this link and fill in your travel details, You'll get all the answers you want.

I use it many times and its very useful for me.

http://skyteam.com/about/travelhelp/travelinfo.html

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No more transit for limited destinations.

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The staff at Airfrance told me they've been instructed not to give any advice with regard to visas. They directed me to the embassy.

I will print a copy of the article on the cancellation and take it with me to the airport as I dont think most of the Airfrance staff and the immigration officers have heard of it.

Thanks for your advice

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check:

http://www.airfrance.com.ng/NG/en/local/resainfovol/meilleuresoffres/promo_transitvisa.htm?BV_SessionID=@@@@1387545434.1231325335@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccccadegdflhkklcefecekedgfndghk.0

Effective November 2008, Nigerian Passport Holders, with a valid entry visa to their final destinations* (listed below) transiting through Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris no longer require transit visas to travel on Air France,

*Destinations:

All European Union Countries (United Kingdom & Ireland inclusive)

United States of America

Canada

Switzerland

Japan

For information and enquires, please contact our Air France Lagos Call-Centre on

01 – 4610 777 or by e-mail on mail.los@airfrance.fr

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You are welcome.

The french government must have authorised the cancellation of the transit visa thingy.

Truth be told, foreign airlines make soo much money from the Nigeria-UK route and the airfrance transit visa policy has stopped so many people from flying with them including myself.

Agreed, the cost of their return tickets  are slightly lower than other airlines but by the time i add up the cost of obtaining the transit visa, stress of going to the embassy, etc. . . . it cancels out the supposedly cheap fare.

If you do not want to take the risk, then go for another airline. But in my opinion, in line with the 'no transit visa' policy, you are safe to travel with them.

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Thanks Funkybaby for your response. I am still using a Nigerian passport.

I have made several attempts to ask the staff at the French embassy here in the UK without success. The embassy staff are so rude and do not even understand their own immigration rules. That is why I have decided to post my question on Nairaland. Though, I have sent an e-mail to the embassy since the last one week and till now I have not gotten any response. Guess I have given up on them.

Concerning the cancellation of ATV by Airfrance, is it possible for an Airline company to do such? Or was the cancellation made by the French government?

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I read somewhere recently that airfrance has cancelled the need for intending travellers FROM nigeria to the UK to obtain transit visas from the french embassy.

I am not sure if the same rule applies to your situation. But i think it should as long as you have a valid Nigerian passport with a valid UK visa (tourist, resident, student, etc) on it.

If you are not fully convinced, why not call their office in UK to find out or fly with another airline that operates direct flights to Nigeria from UK.

Cheers !

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@all, What bout_ is there a transit from Nigerian going to Canada? Or shld there be a Transit at all?

I tot virgin nigeria now operates a direct flight from Nigeria! Huh, pls clarify.

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@ poster

from experience, you do not need a transit visa.

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@topic

Check with the carrier.

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