I know this question had been asked in the past also and I had read those answers but some of them are outdated and may not hold good now.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, respectively. 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: https://www.germany.info/us-en/service/05-VisaEinreise/ airport-transit-visa/924624
So, I am going to avoid my travel via Germany.