Visa type A

Visa type A   Airport Transit Visa 

Airport Transit Visa (ATV = Visa type A) means a visa valid for transit through the international transit area of one airport of the Member States. This visa does not enable an entry into the .

Common list of third countries listed in Annex I to Regulation (EC) no 539/2001, whose nationals are required to be in possession of an airport transit visa when passing through the international transit area of airports situated on the territory of the Member States

1. AFGHANISTAN
2. BANGLADESH
3.DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
4. ERITREA
5. ETHIOPIA
6. GHANA
7. IRAN
8. IRAQ
9. NIGERIA
10. PAKISTAN
11. SOMALIA
12. SRI LANKA

Other third countries for which Belgium has imposed the obligation to hold an airport transit visa:

13. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
14. GUINEA

15. GUINEA BISSAU
16.  HAITI (The ATV requirement applies to holders of ordinary passports only)
17.  NEPAL
18. SOUTH SOUDAN
19. SUDAN
20. SYRIA
21. TURKEY
22. YEMEN (The ATV requirement applies to holders of ordinary passports only)
23. PALESTINIANS

For the nationalities under the sections 13-23 above: the ATV requirement does not apply to holders of service or special passports issued by the countries concerned.

Link to the website of the EU

On the website Visa policy - European Commission (europa.eu), under the section “Airport Transit” you have to click on the following list to see the details: 

  • “A common list set down the countries whose citizens must have a visa even when they simply transit through the international (non-Schengen) part of an EU airport, called Airport Transit Visa or ATV.”
  • “List of third countries whose nationals are required to be in possession of an airport transit visa when passing through the international transit area of airports situated on the territory of one/some Member States”

Certain exemptions to the airport transit visa requirement (Annex PDF)

List of Residence permits delivered by by the United Kingdom, Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino and the United States of America entitling their holder to transit through the airports of member states without being required to hold an airport transit visa. (Annex PDF)