Spain Tightens Visa Requirement for Senegalese Citizens

Spain Tightens Visa Requirement for Senegalese Citizens

Spain stated that Senegalese nationals who wish to travel through a Spanish airport must have a transit visa.

The measure came into effect on February 19, 2024.

The measure was introduced by the Spanish Interior Ministry to prevent travellers from taking advantage of a layover at a Spanish airport to apply for asylum in the country, after the rise in the number of people claiming asylum at Madrid airport.

A Transit Schengen Visa is issued to travellers who need to make a layover at a Schengen Member States’ airport to catch another flight to their non-Schengen destination.

Those currently required to have a transit visa for a layover in a Schengen country include travellers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Sri Lanka. 

In Spain's case, they also include travellers from

  • Burkina Faso,
  • Cameroon,
  • the Ivory Coast,
  • Cuba,
  • Djibouti,
  • Gambia,
  • Guinea,
  • Guinea Bissau,
  • Haiti,
  • India,
  • Liberia,
  • Mali,
  • Sierra Leone,
  • Syria,
  • Togo,
  • Turkey,
  • Uzbekistan,
  • Yemen and
  • Palestine

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