We are 2 South Africans going on a cruise in Croatia and have an 14 hour layover at Zurich. I have been advised that we can apply for a transit visa at the airport in Zurich. Is this easy to obtain?

  • What sort of visa do you have for Croatia? (It might already cover you, as Croatia is set to join Schengen in a few years time) – Gagravarr Mar 31 '14 at 12:22
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    None of these two alleged duplicates are really related to this question. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Mar 31 '14 at 15:10
  • Are you asking if you need a visa to change airplane in Zurich or to leave the airport during your 14 hour layover? – uncovery Apr 8 '14 at 8:21
  • You can't generally apply for a transit visa at the airport. If you need one (which is not the case here), it should be obtained beforehand. – Relaxed May 9 '14 at 18:46
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo IMHO is really a dupe - travelling from non-schengen to non-schengen country via Zurich. – Dirty-flow May 9 '14 at 19:25

According to this document, you do not need a transit visa. This is because you stay in the transit zone (Croatia is not a Schengen member) and as a South-African you do not feature on the list of countries which need a transit visa:

  • Afghanistan
  • Kamerun
  • Äthiopien
  • Kongo (dem. Republik)
  • Bangladesch
  • Nigeria
  • Eritrea
  • Pakistan
  • Ghana
  • Somalia
  • Irak
  • Sri Lanka
  • Iran
  • Syrien
  • Türkei
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