I've booked flights for next Tuesday and my ticket issuer has given me some cause for concern (after the fact, of course). I'm transiting in FCO (Rome, Italy) to EVN (Yerevan, Armenia).

I carry cabin luggage only. There is a 5.5 hour layover time. I am not of a nationality that has "rights" to enter the Schengen Area, nor do I have a Schengen visa, but I am also not on any red lists requiring an type A (airside transit) Schengen visa. For example, in 2021 I overnighted in Frankfurt without hassles, leaving for another non-Schengen country in the morning.

Is there a path avoiding passport control, which I can use to move between terminals 1-3 freely?

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    Can you confirm your citizenship? Some citizenships require ATVs for airside transit in all Schengen countries, while for others it varies from one transit country to another. Also are both your flights on the same ticket, or are they booked separately?
    – jcaron
    Dec 15, 2022 at 21:47
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    Is this on the same itenary? If its self connection, you will be denied boarding from the origin. Dec 16, 2022 at 3:58
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    @jcaron "I am also not on any red lists requiring an type A (airside transit) Schengen visa."
    – phoog
    Dec 16, 2022 at 4:05
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    WizzAir doesn't do connections, not even between their own flights. I doubt you have those flights on one ticket. If the flights are not on the same ticket there is a high risk of LATAM denying you boarding since you aren't allowed to enter Italy.
    – Anders
    Dec 16, 2022 at 12:38
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    @Engineer one itinerary from Kiwi doesn't mean one ticket. One ticket means when you check the booking on the airline's website, all the flights show there under the same PNR. You have a LATAM ticket to Rome and a Wizzair ticket to Armenia. If you don't have a Schengen visa, LATAM will not allow you to board your flight, because as far as LATM is concerned, your destination is Italy. Whether you plan to leave Italy after a few hours, or don't plan to enter Italy is not relevant to them. Dec 16, 2022 at 16:08

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Rome visa-free transit area: Can I move between Terminals 1-3 freely?

Most likely no. This is a self transfer and you are responsible for having the required documentation which in this case will most likely means "you need to be able to legally enter Italy" It's highly unlikely that Latam will let you board otherwise. Whether you have a second ticket is immaterial to them.

Kiwi is clear about this: https://www.kiwi.com/en/help/kiwi-com-travel-hacks-258/article/self-transfer-travel-hack-131/

You might need to leave the visa-free zone (the area behind security control, where the gates are) during layover to recheck your baggage, check in for your next flight, change terminals, or simply because of the airport’s design.

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    It could be clearer. Even if you do not need to leave the visa-free zone (flights in the same terminal, online check-in, no checked bags), you still need to be allowed to enter the transit country in order to be allowed to board the flight.
    – A. R.
    Dec 16, 2022 at 14:53
  • @AndrewRay: in most but not in all cases. There are countries that allow visa free self connection and if you are lucky that is reflected in Timatic. It depends on whether you can sweet talk the check in agent to accept it.
    – Hilmar
    Dec 16, 2022 at 20:37
  • That we've had this question four times this week and that in every case the proposed itinerary will not work demonstrate that Kiwi is not clear enough.
    – A. R.
    Dec 16, 2022 at 20:39
  • @AndrewRay That is an interesting bit of meta-information. Would you mind linking those other questions, please?
    – Engineer
    Dec 17, 2022 at 15:39

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