I will be traveling from India to Cuba with an connecting flight at Paris CDG airport to Cuba. The layover is 7hrs. Do I need a transit visa for the layover at Paris Airport?

  • Are both flights on the same ticket/booking? Do you have checked bags?
    – jcaron
    Commented Jan 15, 2020 at 17:32

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According to Timatic https://www.timaticweb2.com Indian citizens can transit without a visa, providing you meet the following conditions:

“ Passengers transiting through Paris (CDG), 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:

  • stay in the international transit area of the airport, and

  • have documents required for their next destination.”

This means both flights must be on the same ticket/booking (or not have any checked bags), otherwise you’ll need a visa to go through passport control to reclaim bags and re-check them.

  • @jcaron Thanks, I’ve amended my answer to include this. Although I think the duplicate you’ve flagged is probably the preferred answer
    – Traveller
    Commented Jan 15, 2020 at 17:55
  • Actually, if they go through passport control they need a full visa, IIRC there are no longer any transit visas in the Schengen Area (except ATVs).
    – jcaron
    Commented Jan 15, 2020 at 17:56

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