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Can I transit in Zurich, Switzerland, on my way back to South Africa with an emergency passport issued by the South African consulate in Paris? Do I need a transit visa for this flight with the emergency passport?

  • Where will you be transiting? – Henning Makholm Aug 1 '18 at 12:18
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    Through Zurich Switzerland. – Petro Halliday Aug 1 '18 at 12:24
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    Would you need a visa for a regular passport? – Max Aug 1 '18 at 14:43
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    What did the SA consulate advise when they issued the emergency passport? – Traveller Aug 1 '18 at 14:57
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    You're already in the Schengen area. This is not a problem. – Michael Hampton Aug 1 '18 at 15:35
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That's what an emergency passport is - a passport. It's meant to be traveled with.

As to transiting through an airport, that usually doesn't require a passport, since you're not technically entering the country. But in this case especially if you're coming from Paris and so already in the Schengen area.

  • "transiting through an airport usually doesn't require a passport, since you're not technically entering the country": this depends entirely on the country in question. For example, a French citizen traveling to French Caribbean territories in transit through the US does require a passport (and either ESTA or a visa), even though one would not be required for a direct flight. – phoog Aug 23 '18 at 2:06

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