I am an Indian citizen living in the United States on a H1B visa. I wanted to travel to Warsaw for a vacation, for which I am applying for the Schengen Visa from the Polish Consulate.
The tickets I find on Kayak, Priceline, etc seem to be more expensive than if I fly nonstop from from SFO (San Francisco) to CDG (Paris), and then from CDG (Paris) to WAW (Warsaw). This will be 2 separate flights with separate tickets, so I understand that I will have to collect my luggage and then check in again at CDG. It might not be the most convenient option, but the price difference is significant.
So I wanted to ask if anyone here has done this in the past. Specifically:
- Does CDG need any special visa (transit visa like London-Heathrow, or Canada Toront)? OR having Schengen visa from the consulate of my final destination enough over here.
- Will I get my Schengen entry/departure stamp on my passport at CDG (Paris)?
- Why do flight search engines not show these options? I assumed that they would try most if not all permutations combinations. Is there any catch to what I am trying to do?
Any help is appreciated!
Update: clarified that I meant booking 2 separate flights with 2 separate tickets i.e. one from SFO to CDG and another from CDG to WAW, both flights completely separate from each other, separately booked.