BBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7104 times:
I have this question and would greatly appreciate any relevant insights as to visa requirements for cabin crew members. If you are an f/a and need to overnight (or layover for a couple of days) in a foreign country (a country other than yours / a country other than that which issued the passport that you hold), would you need to have a couple of free (empty / blank) pages in your passport for a visa? How is the visa for the country in question obtained? Would you need a visa in the first place?
Corsairf/a From France, joined Oct 2000, 373 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7018 times:
It depends. For many countries as we arrive and leave in uniform we do not need a visa but for the US we need a visa D (valid for 5 years), China, Russia if you have a lay-over. This is for french cabin crew.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7022 times:
Dear BBADXB -
As a crewmember - the general situation is that you travel to many countries, and that a visa is not required, for the crewmembers... you should have with you a passport, yes, but you remain present in that country with a document called "general declaration"... which lists all crewmembers of the aircraft...
But there are exceptions to the rule, some other countries require visas for crewmembers... One country that has a strange policy is USA... A visa is required by most foreign crewmembers even through they are citizen of a country on the listed of visas waivers i.e. citizen from UK can travel with passport without visa AS TOURIST in USA, but as a crewmember they enter with passport containing a CREW VISA...
The first situation that I described to you ("general decleration" in lieu of visa) applies to most countries... oftentimes, immigration does even look at you when going by at the airport...
Your airline always knows which countries require visa, and which do not... A passport is always required as document... Is a good idea to carry a copy of the "gen. dec." in your passport when you are in that country, and maybe visiting some areas away from your crew hotel...