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Cologne/Bonn Airport Question  
User currently offlineSallecc From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 56 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

Guys, I'm planning to fly HongKong-Cologne with low-cost "Oasis Airlines" soon as they start this service, and then continue to Belgrade (BEG), Serbia with Germanwings (my first long-haul/low-budget journey  Wink)

What I wonder is, since my passport is non-EU (Bosnia), is it possible to make transfer at CGN without German(EU) visa?
If CGN is same as other international airports, then I shouldn't worry, since my both flights are international, so I will just transfer there, right?

If anyone know anything about this, please let me know, if this works then I (and many others) will cut HKG-BEG travel expense by more than half!  Smile

Thanks in advance!

Sasha /HKG

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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9164 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2911 times:

You may have to look for another transfer point, since you will not be through checked for the 4U flight.

That means, you have to clear German immigration and customs and check in with Germanwings. For that, you might need a Visa, which you may not get without an invitation from a Schengen resident.

LCC has its disadvantages, but that is one of the ways to keep their costs down - no interlining.



E's passed on! That parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker!
User currently offlineChalliday From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 88 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2846 times:

According to the German Federal Forgin Office people from Bosnia and Herzegovina DO require a visa. As PanHAM said, to get from Oasis to German Wings you will be required to clear through German immigration. So make sure you do get your visa, even for transit.

Federal Forgin Office


User currently offlineMUCflieger From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2824 times:

National BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA (BA)
Embarkation HONG KONG (SAR CHINA) (HK)
Transit GERMANY (DE)
Destination SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO (CS)
ALSO CHECK DESTINATION INFORMATION BELOW


GERMANY (DE)


Visa not required if:
- transiting only through Frankfurt, Munich or Hamburg; and

- continuing to a third country by same or first connecting

aircraft within 24 hours (Note: Hamburg transit area open
only between 04:30 and 23:30); and
- arriving from and departing to a non-Schengen State (see:

TIRGL/SCHS ); and
- not leaving the transit lounge; and
- holding ticket with confirmed reservation; and

- all travel documents required for next destination.

Transit through any other airports will require a (transit)
visa.

Transit without visa not available if making more than one
intermediate stop in Germany.

Non-compliance with the transit requirements (incl. forged
documents) results in:
a. fines for the transporting carrier varying between

EUR 1,000.- and EUR 2,500.- per passenger;
b. penalties of up to EUR 10,000.- per passenger in the event

that the carrier was negligent in taking the necessary
precaution to the end that the passenger complied with the

entry requirements; and
c. deportation to country of origin or any other place where

the person is admissible. Detention costs at carrier's

expense.


User currently offlineSallecc From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 56 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

Guys thanks a lot for all information! Unfortunately, it's bad news...

Quoting MUCflieger (Reply 3):
Visa not required if:
- transiting only through Frankfurt, Munich or Hamburg; and

Oh man, why Cologne is not 4th on that list...  Sad

So, let's conclude: although my both connecting flights are international, not domestic, I still need EU-visa to transfer at CGN...
Well, considering my crappy Bosnian passport, the hassle, time and money spending for getting that visa... I guess I'll continue to pay double to big carriers and their hubs Sad

MUCflieger, nice and detailed info... Can you tell me where you got it?
I want to check for my friends also, one is Croatian and other is Serbian national.


User currently offlineChalliday From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 88 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

Quoting Sallecc (Reply 4):
I still need EU-visa to transfer at CGN



Quoting MUCflieger (Reply 3):
Transit through any other airports will require a (transit)
visa.

I believe all you require is a transit visa.


User currently offlineMUCflieger From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2761 times:

You can get the info here:
http://www.continental.com/web/en-US/apps/travel/passport/default.aspx


User currently offlineGodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

Quoting Challiday (Reply 5):
I believe all you require is a transit visa.

Does a transit visa not imply that you have to stay within the transit area while on the ground? At least that was the problem after 9/11 with the IB-hub at MIA.
And in order to get to the check-in for 4U at CGN you have to exit the transit area, even if the time of the stay would just be a "transfer".

Even it's it's too bad for your plans to get from HKG to BEG, but after all there has to be some kind of difference between "real" airlines and lowcost carriers.


User currently offlineSallecc From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 56 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

Quoting GodBless (Reply 7):
but after all there has to be some kind of difference between "real" airlines and lowcost carriers.

Eh, I guess you're right... Anyway, problem is with my passport, hope I'll get HK citizenship soon just to get rid of hassle and choose any way of travel I like.

Anyway, all the best to Oasis and their plans, and keep on good work 4U!

Thank you all for help and ideas (that Continental page is great, MUCflieger!), I enjoy every moment of visiting or posting on this forum, great information and good people.

Cheers from HKG!
Sasha


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