Our crew disembarking from Panama are booked on the following flights:

PTY-CDG — Panama-Paris
CDG-HKG — Paris-Hong Kong
HKH-MNL — Hongkong-Manila

Does our crew need to have a visa/documentation from Panama since they will be having flight on Paris?

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    Does the crew member have a Seaman's Book?
    – Gayot Fow
    Sep 20, 2015 at 16:11
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    Any special transit rules for crewmembers apply at your point of embarkation or disembarkation from your vessel. The other transits are just regular transits and the normal airside transit rules for those locations will apply. Sep 20, 2015 at 22:09
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    You can use travel.stackexchange.com/questions/30569/… to find out. The answer seems to be that a transit visa is generally required for Filipino citizens in Paris. They might qualify for an exemption based on another visa (e.g. US visa, even if it's not used for this particular trip) or their status as seamen (not sure about that one) but otherwise they would need to obtain an "airport transit visa" in advance.
    – Relaxed
    May 11, 2016 at 15:02
  • @Relaxed that should be an answer.
    – user4188
    Jun 15, 2016 at 18:15

2 Answers 2


Filipino citzens need to get an airport transit visa in advance to transit in Paris. There are exemptions for people with valid visas from a few other countries (like the US or Canada) and for seamen (but possibly only when joining a ship in a French harbour) that might apply in some cases but generally speaking a visa is required.


As stated by Timatic, the database used by airlines:

For France:

Visa not required if traveling on duty and holding a Crew License or a Crew Member Certificate according to the Chicago Convention of 7 December 1944. Crew must wear uniform and duration of stay is according to the General Declaration.

For Hong Kong:

Visa not required for those arriving as Operational Crew for a stay of max. 7 days (extension possible).

So no, your crew does not need visas.

  • The question does not positively indicate that the crew in question is an airplane crew. “Disembarking from Panama” suggests a ship to me (and, at the risk of furthering a stereotype, Filipino citizenship is not incongruent with that).
    – Relaxed
    Aug 18, 2017 at 13:14

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