Air France & KLM Reintroduces Transit Visas for Nigerians Traveling to the UK

The summary is that Citizens of the affected countries with British Visa, long-stay visa or British residence permit citizens must still have ATV to pass through France to the United Kingdom.

Below is the full release shared online with regard to the topic (Source TBC):


Lagos December 29 2020

Travel on Air France or KLM to and from United Kingdom after Brexit – January 1st 2021

Subject: Reintroduction of the airport transit visa requirement for citizens of certain nationalities (including Nigeria and Ghana) who hold a British visa, long-stay visa or a British residence permit and who are travelling to the United Kingdom (UK).

As of January 1, 2021, citizens of the following countries who are holders of a British visa, long-stay visa or a residence permit issued by the British authorities will need to be in possession of an airport transit visa (ATV) if they transit through France and or the Netherlands:

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia (only Russians coming from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Turkey or Egypt), Senegal, Syria, Palestinians with refugee travel documents, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, and Sri Lanka.

Exceptions: Citizens of the above-mentioned countries holding a visa or residence permit in addition to the UK visa/residence permit from Canada, Japan, the USA or European countries ARE allowed to transit through France or the Netherlands without an ATV.

ATV applications must be submitted to VFS, after making an appointment either with the French Embassy in Abuja ( or with the Consulate General of France in Lagos ( Processing time for these applications requires a minimum of 7 days.

Exception for Nigerian Nationals traveling on KLM: The Dutch Minister of Justice and Security has decided to waive the ATV requirement for transit at Schiphol Airport for Nigerian nationals (only) with a valid UK visa or residence permit until February 1, 2021.

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