I am contacting you guys concerning one of the problems that I believe I will have them during my trip through Barcelona Airport.

I am traveling from Morocco (CMN Airport, Casablanca) to Indianapolis, USA. I have the USA visa and I found out that I may have problems ( I am sure that as Moroccan I don't need a Transit visa thought Spain), but in my electronic flight ticket I have to stay in Barcelona Airport for 6h and 35min and at the same time I have to get my checked luggage and I have to register them again in the same airport (Same Terminal 1 (Arrival/Departure). My question is: do I am going to apply for a transit visa if I am going to stay 7hours in the airport waiting for my second flight (Even if I am asked to search for my checked luggage and I am asked to register them again which means that I have to pass through the security check I believe).

I hope I am being clear enough with my question and the situation description. I would like to thank you in advance for your time and comprehension.

  • Looks lie your flight is on 2 separate tickets. To collect luggage you need to go through immigration. – BritishSam Nov 15 '18 at 13:56
  • I have only one ticket but with 3 different airlines the Morrocan airline/ The Spanish airline and American airline from Boston airport to Indianapolis (from my E-ticket they mentioned that I most collect my Checking luggage because I am not going to travel with the same airline). – Khadir Lazar Nov 15 '18 at 14:34
  • Are you sure you have to re-check the luggage at BCN? If not, you just stay in the departure/transit area of Barcelona airport. You will definitely have to collect and recheck at BOS because of customs and immigration. – Johns-305 Nov 15 '18 at 14:51
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    @Johns-305 Not a transit visa, but a regular visitor visa – Crazydre Nov 15 '18 at 15:27
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    @Johns-305 THe airport transit visa doesn't let you clear immigration either, that's the thing, and the B-type transit visa, which was meant for this, is long abolished – Crazydre Nov 15 '18 at 15:37

Yes, if you have to collect bags or enter Spain for any other reason, you will need a short-stay (type C) Schengen visa. Baggage collection is after immigration and there is no way around this.

If the airlines could check the bags through to BOS, you would've been able to stay in the departure/transit area without needing a visa, at least according to Timatic.

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    You mean that If they ask me to collect my luggage it means that I most ass from the immigration which means that I have to apply for a transit visa even if I am not required to apply based on my Moroccan Passeport ? – Khadir Lazar Nov 15 '18 at 15:02
  • @KhadirLazar Timatic says Moroccan Passports need a Visa for Spain. – Johns-305 Nov 15 '18 at 15:11
  • No, I am not talking about the visa one I am, talking about the Transit that will allow me to just switch terminals for a connection flight. So based on your info I most need a visa because I am going to pass through the immegration ? – Khadir Lazar Nov 15 '18 at 15:17
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    @KhadirLazar You need a Visa to enter Spain, be it is Transit, Tourist, Business Visa. Transit is just type of very short term Visa. If you can stay in the departure/transit area, you don't need a Visa. But, if you have to collect baggage, you need a Visa. According to Timatic. – Johns-305 Nov 15 '18 at 15:21
  • @KhadirLazar "So based on your info I most need a visa because I am going to pass through the immegration ?" Exactly – Crazydre Nov 15 '18 at 15:26

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