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I have a long layover in France. Do Russian citizens need a visa to leave the airport for about 6 hours? I also have South African passport.

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Both Russians and South Africans need a visa to enter France. Doesn't matter if it's 3 months or one minute: if you cross the border, you cross the border, full stop, and thus require a visa.

In the application form for a Schengen short-stay visa, put in "transit" as the purpose of entry.

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