As you may already know, the Airport Transit Visa allows an individual to make a short stop at an EU airport to change planes for onward travel to a destination outside the Schengen Area, that is, outside the current 26 European states.
The ATV does not allow for movement or entry into another Schengen country – individuals travelling on this visa must remain inside the transit airport at all times.
Recent meetings held in the Netherlands have looked at the changes that might come about with the ATV in regards to a no-deal Brexit and UK residence, national or uniform visa permit holders.
Although this will not directly impact training for personnel other than additional security checks to ensure passengers hold the correct travel documentation, we’d like to bring this new information to the attention of our readers and clients at Nubis.
A significant change looks to visitors from third-country nationals who will require an ATV as of the 31 October to travel to and from the UK via a transit airport in the EU.
For example, if someone travels from Cape Town, South Africa, to a London airport before the 31 October and holds a UK visa, transitioning through an EU airport would not require an ATV under the 810/2009 Visa Code. However, if the UK no longer hold EU Member State status after 31 October, the traveler will require an ATV to travel back to Cape Town via the same transit route. Failure to do this will result in a breach of the law.
According to data revealed from the Netherland meet-up, a no-deal Brexit and the need for an ATV will affect an estimated 70,000 passengers per year.
ATV will cost approximately 60 euros and takes at least 15 days to process. Preparation remains vital for both passengers and the industry to abide by regulatory standards.