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Transit Visa

Hi All,

Just came across this term Transit Visa. Can anybody shed some information on the same? Very curious to know. Thanks in advance.

8 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

It's nothing but a visa allowing its holder to pass through a country but not to stay there.

For instance; some countries require people from certain nationalities that are traveling to different destination other than their country, but with a stop in an airport on their soil, to obtain a transit visa.

Usually it is not hard to get them as you don't need to prove much except for a clean background.

For more information, you can visit the VFS Global website.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Puerto Princesa

A transit visa is for passing through a country to a destination outside that country. A transit visa is limited to several hours or several days, possibly depending on the circumstances of the transit itinerary

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Rowell

Had the dubious pleasure of an international transit at Mumbai earlier this week and my tip to you is DO NOT GO THERE. Find another route that does not involve changing planes at this airport. Incompetent does not to them justice, around two hours in a mosquito infested corridor, no toilet facilities, no information, no organised lines - go elsewhere!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Shillong

Suppose you are travelling from Mumbai to New York by British Airways via London. You would have to change planes at London. Now suppose you had to collect and re-book your luggage also before boarding your plane from London to New York. From the plane side you would have to go to the land side, collect your baggage and do Customs and Immigration all over again. You would require a Transit Visa.

In a real-life situation however, since your luggage is booked through to New York from Mumbai, the hassle of collecting your luggage and re-booking would not be there.

British Airways
BA 198 Mumbai (BOM)
03 May, 01:15 PMto London - Heathrow Apt (LHR)
03 May, 06:15 PM .
Class : Economy | Duration : 9hr 30min | Aircraft: Boeing 777.
Change of PlanesConnection Time : 1hr 45min

British Airways
BA 183 London - Heathrow Apt (LHR)
03 May, 08:00 PMto New York (JFK)
03 May, 10:35 PM .
Class : Economy | Duration : 7hr 35min | Aircraft: Boeing 747-400

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Sydney

The original poster LIVES in Mumbai! He would hardly need a transit visa for Mumbai.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Pune

Transit Visa is Different for all countries. They all have different time frames as well. Mostly not more than 15 days. But in general it means you are getting a connecting flight and be out of the country in a few days.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

its a temporary visa that you get while travelling..during stopover.
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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hyderabad

Transit visa --I should say it is permission to land in an airport which is used to catch another flight to a different country. For instance, you are travelling from Mumbai (holding Indian Passport] to Canada Toronto via USA Chicago, and you are catching another flight from Chicago to Toronto; since you landed at Chicago, you need a US Transit visa to board the flight to Toronto. Transit Visa is generally not required in many countries, for instance, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and many Asian countries and some European countries. Transit visa is a must if you pass thro' USA, Canada, UK, for certain nationals. Your travel agent or airline will caution you before for this.

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