Sallecc From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 56 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2512 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 )
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!
Challiday From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 88 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2418 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.
Sallecc From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 56 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2350 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...
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
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.
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.