Passport & Consular Services

What is a Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers?

A Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers is a specific type of visa designed for seafarers who need to transit through a Schengen country in order to join or leave a ship that is docked in a Schengen port. It allows seafarers to enter the Schengen Area temporarily for the purpose of transit, typically for a short duration.

The Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers is applicable to seafarers who are not citizens of a Schengen member country and need to pass through a Schengen country to reach their ship or return home after completing their service on a ship. It is important to note that this visa is specifically for transit purposes and does not grant the seafarer the right to stay or work in the Schengen Area.

When applying for a Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers, seafarers are generally required to provide the following documents:

Completed visa application form.
Valid passport.
Letter of employment or contract from the shipping company or shipowner.
Seafarer’s identity document (if applicable).
Proof of the ship’s arrival or departure from the Schengen port.
Valid seafarer’s book or other relevant seafarer’s documents.
Travel itinerary, including details of the flights or transportation to and from the ship.
Additional documents may be required depending on the specific requirements of the Schengen country where the visa is being applied for. It is advisable to contact the embassy or consulate of the relevant Schengen country to obtain the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the specific requirements and procedures for obtaining a Transit Schengen Visa for Seafarers.

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