I know this question had been asked in the past also and I had read those answers but some of them are outdated and may not hold good now. So, I am just asking it again to get the latest info.

I am holding an Indian passport and with an expired US visa. Can I travel with Lufthansa without having a transit visa from the USA to India via Munich?

As per this document, it looks an Indian citizen can travel with an expired US visa.


I also read other conflicting answers which says you can't transit via Germany if you have an expired visa.

My itinerary is -> Boston - Munich - New Delhi with 3 hours layover in Munich.

Can anyone please help with this.

Update: Today I had sent an email to German consulate in Boston about the same and below is the reply which I had received from them.

Dear Applicant,
When leaving the US while holding a valid US resident status (eg. Green Card, Visa), 
no Airport Transit Visa is required.

If your resident status has expired, even if you 
hold an I-797 Approval notice, please note:

The longer the time gap between, the expiration date 
of the visa and the return from the USA, the higher 
the likeliness of facing complications when transiting 
through Germany.

The final decision whether an airplane can be boarded
 or a transit zone can be entered, without a transit 
visa, lies with the Airlines or German Border Police, 
Therefore the Embassy advises clients, whose US-Visa 
has expired to apply for a transit visa.

Please note:

Airport transit privilege does not apply and you 
will need a visitor visa

1. if you have to pick up your baggage and/or have
 to check-in again (please verify with your airline).

2. if you are transiting through two or more airports 
in the Schengen Countries (for example: 
Miami-Frankfurt-Paris-India or  New York-Frankfurt-Munich-India).

3. if you hold an open ticket.

You will find additional information regarding airport 
transit visas on our website here:


So, I am going to avoid my travel via Germany.

  • Can you clarify that you man transit via either Munich or Frankfurt, and not both? I.e. either US-Munich-India or US-Frankfurt-India, but not US-Frankfurt-Munich-India or US-Munich-Frankfurt-India? – jcaron Apr 2 at 22:27
  • yeah, i had updated the question. I will be traveling from Boston -> Munich -> New Delhi – Saurav Apr 2 at 23:27

It's good that you already found the official information by the German government, but it is better to look up visa requirements in the software Timatic, because that's what the airline will use to decide whether they let you board or not, and it also gives you the most up-to-date information.

I like the interfaces provided by Emirates and Olympic Air, because they are simple and easy to use. Both should show you the exact same information.

In your case, the following is relevant:

TWOV (Transit Without Visa):

Visa required, except for Nationals of India transiting through Frankfurt (FRA) or Munich (MUC), arriving from a non-Schengen Member State with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight within 24 hours to a third country which is not a Schengen Member State. They must:

  • have a used, valid or expired visa issued by Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Romania, USA or United Kingdom, and
  • be returning from the country that issued the visa, and
  • stay in the international transit area of the airport, and
  • have documents required for their next destination.

You say that you are indeed returning from the USA, so all conditions should be satisfied and you should not need a visa. Just make sure you don't book a connection like JFK-FRA-MUC-DEL, because that would require you to enter Germany for the domestic flight!

  • For now I am assuming all this information will hold good and they will let me board the flight. I will be booking the tickets today. Lets hope for the best. – Saurav Apr 4 at 13:18
  • If in doubt, you can always check again once you're closer to your date of travel, but these regulations don't usually change that quickly. – Mophotla Apr 4 at 14:51
  • I received a reply from German Consulate today , they had advised me not to travel without a visa. – Saurav Apr 4 at 20:04
  • thanks for your answer. but I am not accepting it as an answer now after I receive the reply from German consulate in Boston. I am also going to avoid my travel via Germany . – Saurav Apr 4 at 20:13
  • @Saurav They appear to tell everyone to get a visa, even when it isn't really necessary. You do not actually need a transit visa for this itinerary. unless one of the exceptions that the embassy listed applies. Usually it's people who book a flight through both FRA and MUC that run into problems. This requires a regular Schengen short stay visa, not just a transit visa. – Michael Hampton Apr 5 at 2:06

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