|Quoting iliam (Thread starter):|
Does MAD have a transit zone? In other words, if a person traveling from Moscow, Russia through MAD to Mexico, would that person be required to have any sort of a visa for Spain?
|Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):|
Yes they do. You can check visa transfer requirements yourself using the IATA visa checker:
Have the travel dates, airline, nationalities, etc., ready to enter.
|Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 4):|
MAD does have a sterile transit area BUT depending on your friend's passport or nationality he/she still might need a Schengen transit visa...
|Quoting iliam (Reply 5):|
Hmm, the site suggests that a Spanish visa is required, but why would that be the case if there is a transfer area?
|Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 7):|
As mentioned above, some nationalities still require a transit visa for the Schengen zone. You might want to google for Schengen visa requirements or something, which should give you a list of affected nationalities. It should also give you some hints to workarounds, such as holding entry documents for other countries, like the U.S., even if you aren't traveling to the U.S. on that trip.
|Quoting iliam (Thread starter):|
In other words, if a person traveling from Moscow, Russia through MAD to Mexico, would that person be required to have any sort of a visa for Spain?
|Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 9):|
Your friend will not need a transit visa:
National Russian Fed. (RU) /Embarkation Russian Fed. (RU)
Transit Spain (ES) /Destination Mexico (MX)
ALSO CHECK DESTINATION INFORMATION BELOW
Visa required, except for holders of a valid "D" visa issued
by another Schengen Member State For details, click here .
TWOV (Transit Without Visa):
Visa required, except for Holders of onward tickets in transit
For details, click here *Note: TWOV is not possible when arriving from
a non-Schengen Member State AND departing to a Schengen Member
StateFor details, click here.
|Quoting gemuser (Reply 10):|
This web site suggests that Russian passport holders do not require a visa for an "airport transit" BUT it is confusing enough that I would check with your nearest Spanish Embassy/Consulate before your friend travels.
|Quoting iliam (Reply 12):|
but Russia is one of the countries that is on the "required" list. And the IATA seems to suggest the same. May I ask what the source you used was?
|Quoting ORDTLV2414 (Reply 11):|
the United States does not have sterile transit for two reasons, first the United States can inspect every person possible, and make sure that they are not terrorists or drug smugglers. Second is that a transit visa will give the person a possible 15 day visit in the US, which helps the economy. Kinda sleazy if you ask me.
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