DO I need a visa?

#1 Dec 25th, 2005, 07:48
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Hi I am US National and travelling through India to go to Maldives. I have a single entry visa. On my way over, I will be staying in India for sightseeing. However, on the way back I will be returning from Maldives and flying out of Delhi. I will have to change planes from Sri Lankan Airlines to Air Canada. I will not be leaving the airport, just transit.

Do I need a visa for connecting flights?

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On my way over, I will be staying in India for sightseeing.
So you need a visa for that. Same visa will cover your return journey?
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But do I need a visa if I am only travelling thru

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Originally Posted by Nick-H So you need a visa for that. Same visa will cover your return journey?

thanks for the info. I do have a single entry visa for india for my travel within india. But my question was about the transit. When I switch airlines at Delhi airport, do I need a visa. Usually, that is not the case, but given that some countries have changes laws, i.e. UK.

Do I need a visa for a 2-4 hour stopover in the airport?
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Oh! Sorry: single-entry visas are relatively rare, so I didn't think it would be. Which makes my advice worthless.
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It is a bit surprising that how you got a single entry visa....Most American and european tourits to india get a 6 months multiple entry visa even without asking for. Normally only to missioneries, single entry visa is given.There is a separate visa exits as "Transit visa".

Suggest you to check with Indian embassy and apply for a multiple entry visa if the time permits or you can apply for transit visa at Male so that you are sure.

True that for some countries like Singapore transit visa is not needed.
Heard that for indian nationals going to south america via US, US insists for transit visa. Same applies for UK too.
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Originally Posted by citybell True that for some countries like Singapore transit visa is not needed.
Heard that for indian nationals going to south america via US, US insists for transit visa. Same applies for UK too.
In transit through the US everyone has to check out & then back in through customs/immigration, hence you need a US visa whether you're staying there or not.
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This is what the Indian Embassy (in U.S.) has to say:

TRANSIT VISA: A transit visa is granted for the sole purpose of enabling the holder to travel through India to reach his/her ultimate destination. Change of purpose is not allowed. The visa will ordinarily be valid for a single/double journey and for entry within three months of date of issue. The Transit visa is valid for direct transit only for a maximum period of 3 days. Confirmed airline ticket for onward journey and valid visa for final destination are required. For a stay in India beyond 3 days, an appropriate visa should be obtained.

So it looks like you'll need one.
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Originally Posted by seventies'hippy In transit through the US everyone has to check out & then back in through customs/immigration, hence you need a US visa whether you're staying there or not.

Canadians are exempted from this requirement.
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Can I get a visa upon arrival

Its good to know that canadians don't need a visa. My wife is canadian. However, both my son and I are US citizens. And we no longer have time to try and get additional visas here in washington. Not that I think they would give it to us since they already issued a single entry. I had asked for a multiple entry however they were only issuing a single entry.

Do you know if visas are issued upon arrival. Most countries do issue visas upon arrival.

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No I think you may be mistaken about the generality. You are certainly wrong about India as there is no visa on demand in India. If you manage to bluff the airlines the Indian authorities will first put you into detention and then fly you out on the next available flight. Now if they would see the sense of doing that according to your plans that might not be bad! Check into a transit visa as I am not at all convinced of the sensibility of bureaucracy. They might just send you back to the Maldives..
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Originally Posted by alam555 Its good to know that canadians don't need a visa. My wife is canadian. However, both my son and I are US citizens. And we no longer have time to try and get additional visas here in washington.
You misunderstood me. Canadians do not need a visa for travelling through the US but they need a visa to enter India. You will not get a visa upon arrival in India. There is no provision for visa upon arrival in India.
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I think best is to consult INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION / EMBASSY in your country. Only they knows about rules and laws which are applicable...
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>Do you know if visas are issued upon arrival. Most countries do issue visas upon arrival.<

Absolutely not!
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Bureau of Immigration, India website:
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There is no provision of 'Visa on Arrival' in India and no fee is charged for immigration facilities at the airports. Foreign passengers should ensure that they are in possession of valid Indian Visa before they start their journey to India except nationals of Nepal and Bhutan who do not require visa to enter India and nationals of Maldives who do not require visa for entry in India for a period upto 90 days (a separate Visa regime exists for diplomatic/official passport holders).

However, there is a provision of granting TLF (Temporary Landing Facility) / TLP (Temporary Landing Permit) to allow entry of foreigners arriving in emergent situations like death/serious illness in the family, without an Indian Visa on cash payment of US$ 40/- (Indian Rupee equivalent i.e. Rs. 1935/-). This facility can also be extended to transiting foreigners having confirmed onward journey tickets within 72 hours. Apart from this, foreign tourists in groups of four or more arriving by Air or Sea, sponsored by recognized Indian Travel Agencies and with a pre-drawn itinerary can be granted collective landing permit for a specified period of time on the written request of the Travel Agencies to the Immigration officer giving full personal and passport details of the group members and undertaking to conduct the group as per the itinerary and an assurance that no individual would be allowed to drop out from the group at any place.
Is transiting through an Indian airport so unusual? Unless it is, I would have thought that this would be something that travel agents would be familiar with, or something that the vast experience of IMers would know about.
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Thumbs up No Visa On Arrival In India

Please note that INDIA do not provide VISA on arrival. This has happened to our clients from US Army who thought the same and over ruled what was told to them. They were denied VISA and they have to go back...

Again,I would suggest to consult INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION/EMBASSY before you set out for travel.

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