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Old 04-01-2016, 07:35 PM
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I have an Indian passport , I have 21 hour layover @CDG airport can I get a transit visa on arrival @ CDG Airport. If not can I stay @ airport for 21 hours or can I get a hotel @ airport even if I don't have a visa. Please let me know ASAP

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Old 04-01-2016, 08:31 PM
Location: Niceville, FL
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What's your final destination, and what other visas do you have in you passport? The answer is going to be that you likely need an airport transit visa regardless and a general transit visa if you want to leave the airport. The IATA has a consumer portal for the Timatic immigration documents database here:

IATA - Personalised Passport, Visa & Health travel documentation advice

Just keep plugging in detail of your route and passport nationality, and it should give you a documents list in the end. Note that France does NOT offer airport transit/transit visa on arrival unless there are extreme emergency circumstances and if you don't have a needed visa at flight departure time, you will not be allowed to board the plane. (The airline pays a fine for every passenger refused entry into a country so they WILL check for this.)
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:47 PM
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This website is chock full of layover info for major airports:

I'd opt for some time at a spa.
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:45 AM
Location: Minsk, Belarus
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I have had a number of long layovers during my travels and often left airports.
In particular, I had a 8-hour layover in Amsterdam last year and managed not only to walk in the city, but also to visit Rotterdam and walk a couple of hours there.
And when I had a 10-hour layover in Vienna, I went to Bratislava (which is in Slovakia, another country) and walked a couple of hours there.
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Old 04-04-2016, 02:21 PM
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I have done this before in Amsterdam, it will not be a problem. Seven hours is way more time than you need too. However, you are likely to be subjected to more scrutiny when you return to the airport and check in for your next flight, that is the nature of the beast nowadays. Especially in Amsterdam, depending on age and appearance they will suspect that you went shopping for a few extra carryons of the contraband variety.
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