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Entering US on K1 visa via Paris from UK - transit visa required?

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Hi,

 

I have tried various searches and haven't found the answer to this specific question...I have even tried the "Visa Wizard" on the French Visa website...

 

I am a UK Citizen travelling to the US with an approved K1 visa (VIH). The flights I have booked are from Manchester, UK to CDG Paris, France and then a flight from CDG to LAX.

 

My question is whether I will have any issues with transferring at Paris? My flights are not a connecting flight, meaning I will need to collect my luggage, clear immigration at Terminal 1 and transfer to Terminal 2E, check bag in and go through security again. (Both flights are a one-way flight)

 

I have read various websites, including the French Authorities that says I do not need a transit visa...but I am panicking as other posts on VJ are saying they know people who have had issues where the flight is with a different airline and at different terminals...granted they do not appear to be referring to UK citizens but I want some piece of mind as my flight is in 4 weeks!

 

If anybody has any advice or knowledge please please share...equally if you have done this trip with no/any issues, please let me know! 🙂 

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UK is still part of the EU. You don't need a visa to go to another EU country.


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Transit visas are for folks who have no right to enter the country or even transit through the airport without a visa, this is usually citizens of countries that are outside of Western Europe. Doesn't apply to UK citizens, even with the confusing Brexit insanity going on, you're fine and will have no issues transiting via Paris with a UK passport.

 

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Transiting via Paris-Charles de Gaulle is a pain though, I hate those buses that come every 20 minutes to connect via terminals...miss one and you might miss your flight, it's awful! It's my least favorite major European airport to transit through for that reason. Be sure you have ample time to transit between terminals because the bus connection system is the pits, especially with heavy luggage.

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3 minutes ago, millefleur said:

Transit visas are for folks who have no right to enter the country or even transit through the airport without a visa, this is usually citizens of countries that are outside of Western Europe. Doesn't apply to UK citizens, even with the confusing Brexit insanity going on, you're fine and will have no issues transiting via Paris with a UK passport.

 

:ot:

 

Transiting via Paris-Charles de Gaulle is a pain though, I hate those buses that come every 20 minutes to connect via terminals...miss one and you might miss your flight, it's awful! It's my least favorite major European airport to transit through for that reason. Be sure you have ample time to transit between terminals because the bus connection system is the pits, especially with heavy luggage.

Thank you so much, so glad to know I’ll be ok! I got myself into such a panic...a stressful week with work taking its toll 😩

 

I have 5 hours layover which I’m hoping is plenty and gives me time to grab food too...I originally had 3 and then read how awful Paris was for changing terminals so that coupled with 2 lots of luggage I thought was cutting it fine and I could thankfully switch my flight for free so got it changed! 😊 

 

Thank you again 😊

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3 minutes ago, StaceF said:

Thank you so much, so glad to know I’ll be ok! I got myself into such a panic...a stressful week with work taking its toll 😩

 

I have 5 hours layover which I’m hoping is plenty and gives me time to grab food too...I originally had 3 and then read how awful Paris was for changing terminals so that coupled with 2 lots of luggage I thought was cutting it fine and I could thankfully switch my flight for free so got it changed! 😊

Good for you for reading up on that! I had to learn the hard way via CDG and missed my flight to the US once. Actually, it was a combination of an airport strike going on (common in France!), confused staff who gave me the wrong gate info AND the buses that delayed me and I ended up missing the flight. :( Sounds like you planned everything really well and shouldn't have any issues.

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