Airport transit visa

Do I need an airport transit visa ?

You need an airport transit visa if you are citizen from the following countries :

Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, India, Iraq, Iran, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Togo

You do not need an airport transit visa if you hold a valid Schengen visa, or a long-stay visa or residence permit issued by a European Union country, or if you hold a valid residence permit issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the United States of America, or if you hold a valid visa issued by Canada, the United States of America or Japan.

Important information

The airport transit visa does not allow to exit the International Transit Zone. This area is closed at night. If you spend one night in France, you have to apply for a short stay visa.

An airport transit visa does not allow to board a flight between two Schengen countries. If you make two or more transits in the Schengen area, you must apply for a short stay visa. For example you need a Schengen visa for a trip Bogota-Paris-Amsterdam-Nairobi.

In Paris there are two airports : Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY), which are located north and south of the city. If your connection requires you to change airports, you will need a Schengen visa.

If you have a layover of several hours at a French airport you cannot apply for a Schengen visa. Only people who have a hotel reservation may apply for a tourist visa.

How to make an appointment ?

For security reasons, all applicants, except children under the age of 12, have to appear personally at the visa section.
Children between 12 and 18 must be accompanied by both parents, or at least by one of them along with the notarized authorization from the other parent. No applications will be accepted for children accompanied by other relatives (uncles, grandparents, siblings…).

The visa section is open to the public on an appointment basis, no walk-ins are allowed. Make an appointment by clicking here.

If you cannot print your confirmation receipt it is not a problem. Simply show up on the date and time of your appointment. No appointment can be made by phone or by e-mailing us. If you are not able to attend, please free a slot by canceling your appointment.

Required set-up

To use the system, the following configuration is required :

Firefox 1.0 and higher
Mozilla 1.7.8 and higher
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher
Adobe Acrobat reader and higher
Allow pop-ups


The visa section does not make any copies, you must bring your documents and the required copies. Each applicant must submit an individual set of documents.

- One short stay application form, duly completed and signed
- Two recent photographs (one glued/stapled to the form in the appropriate box and the other loose). Refer to photographs regulations.
- Original passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visas pages left
- Photocopy of the passport’s identity page
- Your travel itinerary to your country of destination
- Visa for destination country and copy, if applicable

- Proof of socio-professional status :

  • letter of employment
  • for students : letter from your school or university confirming your enrollment status

- Processing fees, equivalent of 60 € in Colombian pesos. Those fees are non-refundable and must be paid in cash -prepare the exact change- at the time of your appointment wit the visa section.

Processing time

Processing time is 48 hours.

Processing fees

Refer to visa processing fees.

Passport delivery

Passport are mailed back, refer to the process.

publié le 22/11/2016

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