I have a flight from Istanbul (Turkey) to Saint Petersburg in Russia. I have two nationalities

I booked my ticket on my Syrian passport because I entered Turkey with it, and I will carry my Russian passport with me to enter Russia.

My flight is from Istanbul to Stockholm then after 3 hours I will change the plan to heading to Saint Petersburg.

Shall I need a transit visa for three hours in Stockholm?

  • possible duplicate of Do I need a transit visa in Zurich on the way to India? Jul 12, 2015 at 3:15
  • @DJClayworth Citizenship and transit point are different, which could both impact the rules, how is that a duplicate?
    – Relaxed
    Jul 12, 2015 at 8:55
  • @Relaxed The answer on that question points to a page which gives you all the information this questioner needs. In other words "this question already has an answer", even though the answer is to a slightly different question. Jul 12, 2015 at 17:42
  • @DJClayworth Even if that were true, it's not the same question so it's not a duplicate, it's as simple as that. And the answer themselves are only concerned with Indian citizens. The document mentioned in the other question is from the Swiss federal ministry and does not contain all relevant information (i.e. the rules in other Schengen countries, which do differ, as explained in my answer below). At the end of the day, the conclusion is therefore only coincidentally the same.
    – Relaxed
    Jul 12, 2015 at 17:54
  • If that's enough to consider the other question a duplicate, you might just as well point to any question about visas in Istanbul or Dubai and claim “a visa wasn't required either, that's all the OP needs to know” or “there is a link to Timatic”!
    – Relaxed
    Jul 12, 2015 at 17:55

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According to Timatic, you don't need a transit visa because you transit to another country:

Visa required, except for holders of a valid "D" visa issued by another Schengen Member State For details, click here . TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Visa required, except for Holders of onward tickets transiting

For details, click here on the same calendar day *Note: TWOV is not possible when arriving from a non-Schengen Member State AND departing to a Schengen Member State For details, click here

  • do you have a link for that quote?
    – Mark Mayo
    Aug 22, 2013 at 14:29
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    Unfortunately, it's not possible to post a link to this page. You need to go to a website that provides Timatic information (see travel.stackexchange.com/questions/1703/…) and fill out a form.
    – R-traveler
    Aug 22, 2013 at 15:33
  • Taken literally, the blurb you quoted is definitely incorrect. Citizens from at least 12 nations do require an airport transit visa in Stockholm, even if they are merely transiting and have an onward ticket. See travel.stackexchange.com/questions/30569/… for explanations and authoritative sources. The answer should therefore specify that this only applies to citizens of a specific country (did you use Russia or Syria when filling in the form?)
    – Relaxed
    Jul 12, 2015 at 8:56

You do not need a transit visa in Stockholm as either Russian or Syrian citizens so you can show either passport.

Sweden is part of the Schengen area and Syrians citizens do require an airport transit visa in many Schengen countries, but not Sweden. Russian citizens flying from Turkey also require an airport transit visa in France but can transit visa free everywhere else.

See also Do I need a visa to transit (or layover) in the Schengen area?

  • I rewrote the answer to add more details but why the downvote?
    – Relaxed
    Jul 12, 2015 at 9:00

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