Transit Visas for Europe – FAQ Fridays

Travelling with a South African passport comes with its complications.  This week on FAQ Friday, we discuss transit visas while travelling in Europe.

Video Transcription

Welcome to FAQ Fridays from Travelstart with me, Nick Paul. I am the social media manager here at Travelstart. We regularly get questions on Facebook and Twitter on a range of different topics like visa’s and so on.

We got one today from Lee-Ann Lipman on Twitter asking: “If I’m booking a flight that has a layover in Germany, would we need visas of sorts?”

To answer that we’d need to ask her more information. Germany is one of the 26 Schengen states, that’s a state that shares a common visa agreement with 25 others. This basically means that you need one visa to visit all the different countries.

It would depend on where you final destination is; if Lee was going to another Schengen State, she would already have a visa for that country in which case she wouldn’t need an extra visa for Germany. If she was on her way to another country outside of Europe, so long as she had a visa, passport, and any documentation she needed to go to that country, she’d be ok. You’d also need to make sure that you are not transiting in a country like Germany for longer than 24 hours. Most of the major airports allow you to transit there for up to 24 hours. Those include all the ones you can fly to from South Africa: Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and so on. The smaller ones might require you to the leave the airport overnight so you would need a special visa to be out of the airport, roaming the streets at that time of night.

Another thing to bear in mind is that once you are in Germany that you are not allowed to transfer into another Schengen state. That would require you to have a Schengen visa for that transit. The reason is because if you were travelling for example Cape Town – Frankfurt, Frankfurt – Paris, Paris – Mexico City…Frankfurt and Paris are both part of the Schengen area. So essentially you are making a domestic flight between the two of them and would be leaving the international transit area, in which case you would need a visa.

In summary:

You really only need a visa if you are transiting more than one Schengen State and if you are spending more than 24 hours in these airports. So most cases you won’t need a visa to travel via Germany.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Hi

    I have two questions to ask.

    Firstly:

    Would one require a Schengen if travelling to a non schengen country and transiting through one airport as an example Frankfurt in a Schengen country and then departing through another airport for example Munich on their returning transit to South Africa.

    Secondly:

    Would one require a Schengen if transiting to a non schengen country via a Schengen country such as Germany and then on their return from the non Schengen country transiting through a Schengen country such as Switzerland to South Africa.

    Please advise urgently.

  2. two questions please
    1. When a South African citizen visits South Korea, thereafter goes to China for a few days, and back to South Korea, all within the month. will he have problems at the airport. Is he supposed to have vaccinations?
    2. A South African has a UK visa to go to London but was stopped and asked to purchase a new ticket at Heathrow because he didn’t have a Schengen visa as he was going to be in transit in Paris, then in Amsterdam in transit to return to Johannesburg. Please advise.

    • Hi there

      1) As far as I am aware they will need to have their visa for China before they and the Chinese Embassy might require them to have the flights booked in advance. Please have a look at this link: http://www.chinese-embassy.org.za/eng/csv/in/

      2) The reason for the Schengen Visa is because the passenger would have had to take a domestic flight between Paris and Amsterdam (they both fall under the Schengen region) – think of it as travelling from Johannesburg to Durban, hence needing a visa. If the passenger flies via one of the areas example Paris only, no transit Visa is needed

      Hope this makes sense – if not, you are more than welcome to contact one of our agents on 0861 878 278/+2721-468-4300 for assistance with this

  3. To travel from Canada to South Africa & back, stopping once in either Munich or Frankfurt, with a South African passport, is a Schengen visa required?

    • Hi!
      Did you ever get an answer for this question? I have the same problem right now (I am South African).

  4. If I’m going to visit in Ireland via Frankfort.if I have stay 20 houres on Frankfort than I need visa to go outside airpot for some houres ???

    • Hello. According the the information at my disposal, if you’re a South African passport holder, with a passport valid for your destination you should be allowed to transit up to 24 hours in Frankfurt Airport. You will not be allowed to leave the airport. This is providing your flight itinerary does not require you to leave the transit area.

  5. Hi, I will be traveling to Australia on my South African visa, i have a 5 hour lay over in Paris and do not leave the international zone, do i need a transit visa for this or not? help would be much appreciated!! thanks

    • I do mean South African passport not visa….

    • Hi Cary, South African passport holders transiting Paris to Australia with a valid Australian visa will not need a transit visa for Paris. 5 hours is also a short enough layover, so you shouldn’t be spending the night there and that means you should be safe to travel on that route.

  6. I’m travelling from South Africa on a South African passport to the USA via a Schengen country. Would I need a transit visa?

    • Hi Carmen, you shouldn’t need a visa to transit one Schengen airport (as in you may travel Johannesburg – Amsterdam – New York but NOT Johannesburg – Amsterdam – Paris – New York) provided you’re continuing on the next available flight and you’re not staying longer than 24 hours, though some airports you may only allow shorter stays where you may not be there in transit over night.

  7. Im wirtting here cus nobody can answer me even in travel agencies or the flight company, Im from phillipines, im traveling from kuwait-frankfurt-mexico then mexico-munich-frankfurt-kuwait, my question is if i need a transit visa or schengen visa on my way back cus i have two diferent transit airports in germany even if its just a conection and ill just stay in the airport for less than 7 hours? Thank you

    • Hi Jorge,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you definitively on this either. We specialise in helping South African travellers travelling from South Africa.

      My best guess would be that you won’t need a transit visa to travel via the EU, provided you’re only transiting via one EU airport in each direction. For your flights though, if you’re transiting 2 EU airports (Munich & Frankfurt) in one direction, you WILL need a Schengen visa to use that flight.

  8. Hi Nick,
    I am a South African living in the UK with a EEA family permit. I will be travelling to South Africa in April via Paris on Airfrance. I will not be leaving the airport and will be in Paris for a maximum of 5 hours. Would I need a visa for this?
    Thanks

    • Hi Kate,

      Thanks for getting in touch! If you are travelling on a South African passport and leaving Charles de Gaulle Airport or any city airport which is part of the Schengen State, a Schengen visa will be required.

      Have a great day!

  9. If I am travelling with a South African passport via Amsterdam to Cork Ireland. I will be in the Amsterdam airport for more or less 10 hours (won’t leaving the airport at all) do I need a transit visa?
    Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Martie,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If Amsterdam is your only stopover (in the Schengen State) when flying to Cork and your lay over is less then 24 hours you will not need a Schengen visa.

      Only when one is transiting through two Schengen State and if you are spending more than 24 hours in these airports would a transit visa be required.

      I would also suggest contacting a visa company, Rose as they specialize in visa’s and would be able to give the most up to date information, as rules could change at anytime.

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

      Best of luck!

  10. HI I am going to the USA via Amsterdam – do I need a transit visa ? I have a USA visa and my flights are 3 hours apart from landing in AMS and leaving again. I will travel on my South African passport.

    • Hi Rudi,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are only transiting through one Schengen State and your layover is less then 24 hours you will not need a Schengen visa.

      In saying this I would suggest you contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) as rules could change at anytime.

      They specialize in visa’s and would be able to give you the most up to date information.

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

      Have a great day!

  11. hi there i am flying from Turkey to South africa , but i have a 2 hour layover in Pars , do i need a transit visa ?

    • Hi Theo,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If you are traveling on a South African passport and have not passed through any other Schengen state on this trip, you would not require a visa to transit in France.

      However I would suggest contacting the French Embassy just to get clarification on this, as rules can change at anytime.

      Their contact details are:

      Address: 78 Queen Victoria Street , Cape Town, 8000, Peninsula, South Africa, Dean Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
      Phone:021 423 1575

    • I am flying via amsterdam to turkey and a week later i am flying back to Sa via my lay over in paris will this be a problem then?

    • Hi Theo,

      I see you have already contacted the French Embassy and confirmed they have given you the necessary information.

      Have a great trip!

  12. just phoned the french embassy and the helped me out , as long as i stay in the transit area of the airport it will be fine , no transit visa required thank you for all the help

  13. my fiancé and are traveling to Ireland for vacation. I know we don’t need visas for Ireland itself. does my fiancé need a transit visa for paris?

    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If your fiance is traveling on a South African passport and only transiting through one Schengen State on this trip she would not require a transit visa.

      In saying this I would also suggest contacting Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) as they specialize in visa’s and would be able to give you the most up to date information.

  14. If you are a south african passport holder traveling to Canada via LHR or AMS or SEA or SLC with a layover of 7 hours between flights, would that person require a transit visa

    • Hi Portia,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK.

      If you are transiting via Amsterdam and that is your only transit within the Schengen State for your entire journey a transit visa will not be required.

      With regards to transiting through Seattle or Salt Lake city to my knowledge a Canadian visa would cover you.

      However it is best to contact a visa company or the Embassy direct to let them know the routing of your ticket and see if any transit visa is required, before departing, as the rules could change at anytime.

  15. HI, so if I fly from Cape Town to Amsterdam via Munich and from Amsterdam to Johannesburg via Frankfurt, the only visa I will require is one to Amsterdam??

    Thanks

    • Hi Marietjie.

      Continental Europe which is part of the Schengen area (there are about 27 countries) has only one visa which allows you entry into or travel through all 27. Germany and the Netherlands are both part of the Schengen area, so you’ll only need to apply through the Netherlands consulate/embassy for your Schengen visa (provided you’re staying there the longest out of the Schengen countries you visit) and your visa will apply for the rest of your journey too.

  16. Hi

    I will be traveling to Italy (Rome) in September. On the way back i fly From Rome to Amsterdam and then Amsterdam back to Cape town. The layover is 16 hours and would like to see a bit of Amsterdam during that time. Will i be able to leave the airport with the Schengen visa i will be applying for italy or will i need a separate one?

    thank you.

    • Hi Sumaiya,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes you will be able to leave the airport as your Italian schengen visa will cover your for the Netherlands as they are part of the Schengen states.

  17. Hi there,
    I am flying to Serbia in June via Milan. I have a US Visa which permits me entry into Serbia. My layover in Milan is 13 hours. Will I be allowed to leave the airport without a Schengen Visa? I have a South African Passport.
    Thanks

    • Hi Naomi,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      No you will not be allowed to pass through immigrations and leave the airport if you are not holding a valid Schengen visa

  18. Hi there.
    I am flying from Johannesburg to Vancouver in August on a South African passport. It’s a very tricky two stop flight each way:

    There it will be Joburg – Frankfurt, Frankfurt – Seattle, Seattle – Vancouver.
    I have a visa for the US, and will have one for Canada, Will I need a visa to fly through Frankfurt?

    On the way back, I am flying:
    Vancouver – London; London – Frankfurt; Frankfurt – Joburg.

    Do I need either a UK or a schengen visa to transit through those back to South Africa?

    I would really appreciate your help!

    • Hi Anja,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      As you are only transiting through one Schengen State (Germany) and not spending more than 24 hours there a transit visa will be not required. You really only need a visa if you are transiting more than one Schengen State.

      You mentions about a UK transit visa, if you are flying via the UK and in transit but hold one of the following (see below) you will not require a UK transit visa.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

  19. hi.. i have a philippine passport and working in qatar. I need to go to canada and the flight that i found was doha-amsterdam-vancouver-edmonton…and have 6 hours layover in amsterdam…. my question is do ineed transit visa

    • Hi Kristine,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Philippine passport holder as we specialize in South African travelers.

      I would suggest you contact the Embassy direct and they should be able to answer any questions you might have.

  20. Hi..
    I’m south African citizen and travelling to Brazil for vacation.. im in hong kong now doing bussiness, my travel route (ticket) is hong kong – london- Brazil.. will i need a transit visa in uk, btw im staying there for 4 hours??? please help

    • Hi Nur,

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

      In addition, the United Kingdom made changes recently to its transit visa policy, which is positive news for South Africans. The direct airside transit visa fee was reduced to £30 (R536,19) in October this year, and its routine validity was extended to two years.

      Different rules apply to Landside Transit Visas where en route restrictions do apply to the exemption document criteria. Landside Transit refers to passengers who arrive at one airport but are catching an onward flight from another UK airport or who have to pass through UK immigration to collect and re-check baggage before their onward journey, and therefore need to enter the UK.

      If you are not holding a valid visa for one of the above mentioned countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA) you will need to obtain a UK Transit visa.

      Please find below further information when applying for a transit visa:

      http://www.thegsa.co.za/index.php?nav=destination_country&view=110

  21. I need help, i am in Brazil, how i do get a visa to Germany?

    • Hi Perry,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You will need to contact the German Embassy direct and submit all the necessary documentation required when applying for a Schengen Visa.

  22. Hi there. I am flying to Dublin on business. Am I right is saying that I do not need a visa to go to Ireland on a South African passport? However, we cannot fly directly to Dublin from South Africa. I do need a transit visa to go via London I see. A DATV. However, if I go via Amsterdam or Paris, with a layover of a couple of hours, is that alright? Do I need a Schengen transit visa? I need to go soon and cannot wait for a visa!

    • Hi Katherine,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are flying to Dublin you will not need a visa if you are a South African passport holder.

      When traveling via Amsterdam or Paris and in transit, a transit visa will not be required.

      However if you fly via London you will need to apply for a transit visa.

      We do suggest you contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  23. Hi, I am South African, flying from South Africa for business to Amsterdam, staying there 3 days then flying to London for 3 days, then flying from London to South Africa, would I require 2 Visas for both the Netherlands and the UK?

    • Hi Siviwe,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes that is correct, 2 visas will be required. A schengen visa for the Netherlands and a separate visa for when you visit the UK.

  24. Good day.

    We will be flying from OR Tambo to Heathrow with a 2 hour stop over in Netherlands and on the return from Heathrow a 8 hr stopover in Paris. WIll we need Schengen visas?

    Amandie van der Merwe

    • Hi Amandie,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you are only stopping in 1 Schengen state on your outbound flight and 1 Schengen state on your return flight you will not need to apply for a Schengen visa.

  25. Hi we are travelling to Paris for 14 nights and we are going to apply for a Schengan visa for Paris. When we fly back to South Africa we are flying via Amsterdam. Do we need to apply for a transit visa for Amsterdam? we will be there for about 3 hours.
    thanks
    Nirvana

    • Hi Nirvana,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you are flying to Paris and will transit in Amsterdam on your return, your Schengen visa will cover you while in transit in Amsterdam.

  26. Hi, I am travelling to Cincinnati, USA (with valid USA visitors visa) from Johannesburg, ZA, but this flight goes through Paris, France. The layover is 17hours. Will I require a transit visa? I will only stay in the international part of the airport, not leaving the premises in this time.
    Your help will be greatly appreciated!

    • Hi Renell,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you are a South African passport h older you should not require a Schengen transit visa.

      However we do suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct to get the most up to date information as they specialize in this area and will be able to give the most up to date information.

  27. Hi there. I am currently booking flights to Ireland. One of the options I have is to fly via Budapest. Would I require a visa for this. The layover time of 11 hours. A return flight would require me to fly via Amsterdam, would I require a visa for that? The layover time in Amsterdam is 8 hours. Also South Africans can enter Ireland without a visa right? Just need confirmation. Thanking you in advance.

    • Hi Jojo,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      A Schengen visa is not required if you are only passing through one Schengen state per leg of your flight.

      Same with the return. If you happen to pass through to Schengen states a visa will be required or you will be denied boarding.

      South African passport holders do not require a visa when traveling to Ireland.

      The above is just a guideline and we suggest you contact the Embassies of the country you are traveling to or via for the most up to date information.

  28. hello, im che from philippines
    im travelling to germany with a germany fiance visa
    could i go to ireland first before going to germany?

    • Hi Che,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a visa is required for a Philippine passport holder. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct. They will be able to advise if a visa is required or not and what are the correct procedures to follow when applying for a visa and the documents required.

  29. Good Morning!

    I will be travelling to Dublin, Ireland in August 2016. I will be flying from Johannesburg to Madrid and then from Madrid to Dublin. My question is: do I require a VISA of sorts for the “stop” in Madrid given that I won’t be leaving the airport and will be at the airport purely for connection flight purposes only?

    Regards, Kyle

    • Hi Kyle,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are only transiting through one EU country on your outbound you will not require a transit visa. The same will apply for your return flight.

      We do suggest you contact the Spanish Embassy for the most up to date information as this could change at anytime.

  30. Good morning,

    I will be flying to Dublin, Ireland in June/ July via Frankfurt would I need a visa for Frankfurt if I’m there for less than 24 hours (transit- there and back)

    Kind regards,
    Shanaaz

    • Hi Shanaaz,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge if you are not transiting more than one Schengen state you will not require a visa while in transit. As we do not specialize in visa’s we recommend you please contact the embassy direct to get the most up to date information if you would require one or not.

  31. I will be flying from Seattle -> Calgary -> Frankfurt -> Barcelona, i have B1 US visa and Shengan visa, but I’m just wondering about Canada, its only a 2 hour layover, so should in theory not leave the international zone, so i would not need anything for Canada right??

    • Hi Wouter,

      thanks for getting in touch. This depends on what passport you are traveling on. I suggest you contact the Embassy direct as they specialize in visa related queries and will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  32. HI, i am a Nigeria transiting through Amsterdam.. I was issued a transit visa by the french embassy last week, can i use that transit visa , to transit amsterdam since it was issued by the french embassy,,,

    • Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Netherlands (Amsterdam) and France all fall under the Schengen State so this should cover you. However please contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information as they specialize in this area.

  33. Hi

    I am a South African with SA passport, and want to go on vacation to Canada to see my friend. It seems to be such a difficult process, to get the VISA. Is there anyone who can help me, as I might want to immigrate at a later stage to him. What is the best way to go about this ?

    Thank You
    Marthe

    • H Marthe,

      thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in this area. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct they will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  34. Hello, I would really love if you could help.
    My son and I will be traveling to Venezuela, I have a Venezuelan PAssport, my son a South African passport and we both have Israeli visas. I have a B1 and he has a Multivisa.
    We are residents of ISrael on visas (long story, husband has an Israeli temporal residency )
    We are stopping in France or Holland, still haven’t booked our tickets.
    I know with my Venezuelan passport I don’t need a visa. But does he need a Visa? He is 7 years old

    • Hi Loris,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      It really depends on how many Schengen countries you will be transiting through. If you are transiting through 2 or more a South African passport holder will require a visa.

      If a South Africa is visiting a Schengen state they will require a Schengen visa.

      As we do not specilise in visa related queries I would suggest you contact the Embassy give them your route of travel once booked. They will be able to provide you with the most up to date information for a South African passport holder.

  35. I will be transiting through one european airport, most probably french, same terminal, layover of 4 hours to get to South America

  36. Hi, I am travelling to Amsterdam and then onto Germany, both for business. Can I travel to and from these countries with a German Shengen Visa, or do I need a Netherlands Visa as that is my first port of entry into Europe?

    Thanks,

    Basil

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Netherlands is part of the Schengen state so you will not need to apply for another visa.

      Your Schengen visa will cover you for both of these countries.

  37. Hi my brother lost his passport in fort worth USA ,got a temp passport but we are booked via london and now they say he cannot fly through heathrow on a temp passport which is tomorrow evening, can we reeoute to a schengen country with this temp passport? Dire straight! Please can u help

    • Hi Steven,

      If you made a booking through Travelstart you would need to contact us and speak to an amendment agent who would need to look at the airline rules of the ticket to see if a re-route is possible.

      However if the booking was booked with the airline please contact them and they will be able to assist from their side and answer any questions you have.

  38. Hi,

    Iam an Indian and I have a shengen visa from paris embassy abudahbi.If i take a connection flight from Abudhabi to Malpensa(Italy) then Malpensa to linate(italy) by road then Linate to paris.Is it possible that i can layover 5 hours in Italy?

    Thanks in Advance

    • Hi there,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      If you have a valid tourist Schegen Visa this will cover you for both France and Italy.

      However I do suggest you contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  39. I am South African citizen with Canadian residency.
    Needing to know if i need a visa to layover for 10 hours in Frankfurt?
    Will I be allowed to leave Frankfurt airport to sight see?
    My final destination is Cape Town for 5 weeks
    On my way back :
    I go via San Paolo also 10 hour layover.
    Do i need a visa ?
    Can I sight see San Paolo?

    • Hi Tersha,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As we do not specialize in visa related queries this visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.

      All South Africa passport holders require a Schengen visa to leave the airport should they wish to pass immigration in any of the Schengen States.

      Passengers holding a valid South African passport do not need to bear a transit or tourist visa to go to Brazil.

  40. i jus wanted to ask that if i am travelling to toronto from mumbai in lufthansa airlines and i have two stops in frankfurt and munich then do i need a transit visa ?

    • Hi Pratik,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This depends on what passport you travel on. Please contact the Germany Embassy direct they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information:

      German Embassy (Pretoria)
      Tel Number : (012) 427 8975
      Trading Hours Visa Section Mon – Thurs 09h00 to 11h00 (by appointment only)
      Appointments : 086 100 22 45
      Fax Number : (012) 427 8984 (Visa Department)
      Street Address : 201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria, 0181
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 2023, Pretoria 0001
      Email Address : visapretoria@pret.diplo.de
      Web Address : http://www.southafrica.diplo.de (application & declaration
      forms)

  41. So I am a South African stranded in Costa Rica and I need to get back to South Africa, there is no embassy here. And my trip back requires a transit visa. How do I get one when I can’t leave Costa Rica?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’ve done a search and found the following contact details for the South African Honorary Consulate in San Jose, Costa Rica

      Estación Ferrocarril al Pacifico
      150m al norte de entrada principal
      Entre calle 16 y 18
      San Jose
      Costa Rica
      TELEPHONE(+506) 222 1470
      FAX(+506) 223 8223
      EMAILconsurafricacr@gmail.com

      However you would also need to contact the UK Embassy as this is where you would need to apply for your UK transit visa. As we do not specialize in this area they will be able to answer any questions you have and hopefully assist you. Best of luck.

  42. Hi

    I am travelling to Serbia from Ghana via Amsterdam(in transit time is 2 hours with KLM airlines) with a South African passport, do I require a Schengen visa or not?

    Thanks

    • Hi Antonio,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge you would not need a transit visa, however as we do not specialize in this area for visa related queries, you will need to contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  43. Hi
    I would like information on if I fly from SA (Johannesburg) via France or Amsterdam to Dubai and then Mexico, do I need a transit visa?

    • Hi Liezl,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you would need to contact the Embassy direct, advise them of the passport you are traveling on and your exact routing.

      They will advise accordingly.

  44. Hie

    I have Schengen Portuguese visa. If my flight is from South Africa to London Heathrow airport were l will get a connecting flight to Lisbon Portugal within Heathrow airport.I will only be in Heathrow for two hours before l fly to portugal. Will l need a UK transit visa or there is no need.

    • Hi there Fungiso,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. -Stacey

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