I hope someone can help me out with some info as I'm getting a lot of conflicting info.
I am landing in Terminal 1 on 3 January with United Airlines from New York and need to take a flight on Air France in Terminal 2E to South Africa. This is not a connecting flight as I have two separate tickets. I will need to collect my baggage from the carousel and then check in for an Air France flight.
I have a South African Passport, my Schengen Visa will have expired on 24 December, but I will have a valid US visa for that trip.
Will I need a visa to be in the airport to collect luggage from one airline and check in at another different airline to fly back home to South Africa?
The embassy says I don't need a Visa if I have a South AFrican Passport and am not leaving the International Zone of the airport. What is considered the "International Zone"?