I am a Sri Lankan citizen travelling to British Virgin Islands (BVI). I have BVI work permit. I will be traveling through Doha, Amsterdam, and Sint Maarten.

Do I need a transit visa for either or both of this connections?

  • Also, your question talks about Paris, but your itinerary only mentions Amsterdam - which is it? – Gagravarr Jul 2 '14 at 14:13
  • I am sri lankan my flights are crossing above air ports – thang Jul 2 '14 at 14:29
  • Sorry not paris via doha – thang Jul 2 '14 at 14:33

I think you need an airport transit visa in Amsterdam. The general rules are detailed in Do I need a visa to transit (or layover) in the Schengen area? but there are several details that make your situation a bit peculiar.

The flight to Sint-Marteen, which is part of the kingdom of the Netherlands but not of the Schengen area, should be treated as an international flight and that would usually allow you to transit airside. For Sri Lankan citizens, this generally means getting an airport transit visa. But since the British Virgin Islands are not part of the EU despite being a British territory, I don't think that your residence permit would be enough to qualify for an exemption, which is why you do need this visa. It's all pretty exotic so I think it would be advisable to seek advice from the airline or the Dutch consulate if possible.

Qatar Airways provides a page to search the Timatic database on visa requirement but it seems that you don't need a visa to transit in Doha in any case.

In Sint-Marteen, no visa is required for transit under 48 hours.

  • Colombo to doha --> doha to Amsterdam ->Amsterdam to St Maarten -> St maaten to beef island – thang Jul 2 '14 at 15:07
  • @thang Yes, that's clear, what's with that? – Relaxed Jul 2 '14 at 15:08
  • Pls advise above need any visa other than British virgin island entry visa – thang Jul 2 '14 at 15:08
  • @thang Yes, I think you do, as I wrote in my answer. But it's a complex situation, I can't guarantee it 100%. – Relaxed Jul 2 '14 at 15:10

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