Me and my family is travelling from San Jose, Costa Rica to New Delhi (India) via following itinerary

San Jose (United Airlines) - Houston (United Airlines) - Frankfurt (Lufthansa) - New Delhi

We have 2 hrs transit at Frankfurt and we have a valid B1/B2 U.S. Visa. I called up German Embassy in San Jose and they said that you require a Airport Transit Visa but seeing in various forums and online on German embassy's website I see that though transit is required for Indian Citizens but an exception is there if you have a valid U.S. visa. I am not sure what type of U.S. Visa are they talking about here. Does my B1/B2 visa hold as an exception for transit in that rule?

I am not sure if I need to get the transit visas or not and feel that embassy guys just didn't listen to me properly before giving me a verdict of getting a Transit Visa.

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    @Karlson Not at all, the other itinerary includes a flight between two Schengen countries, a completely different situation. But the link in your answer to the other question is relevant and we also have many other related questions.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 21:08
  • @Annoyed Please read the answer. I linked just one of at least 3 questions on transitting through Frankfurt.
    – Karlson
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 22:37
  • @Karlson Well, I guess I should write “please read my comment”, then. As I said (1) your answer does address this question as well (2) we have many related question but (3) the particular question you linked is very different (i.e. not a duplicate).
    – Relaxed
    Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 10:17
  • Thank you friends for answering my question. I wrote to German Consulate in Delhi and eventually they replied back that I don't need a Visa. Thanks again.
    – Ricky
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 12:37

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This answer applies:

No, you do not need a visa for going from the US to India via Frankfurt airport (or vice versa), as long as you stay in the transit area and have a connection in less than 12 hours. Lufthansa, emphasis mine:

Indian nationals can Transit without Visa via FRA or MUC if holding a valid visa for the destination and a valid Visa for any of the following countries: Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Romania, UK and USA (the approval notice I-797 is not valid document for visa free airport transit).

The site of the German Consulate in Kolkata confirms this as well.

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