Visa On Arrival for BKK-DEL-Bangalore flight?

#1 Jan 24th, 2012, 13:51
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Hello all,

I had a good search but couldn't find anything for my (special?) case: My gf and I are flying to Bangalore from Bangkok, flight goes via Delhi.

Now, my girlfriend (NZ) couldn't get a visa beforehand (timing issues) but as a Kiwi she can get a 30 day Visa On Arrival. Does anybody know if you pass through immigration at your first port/airport, even if you are connecting, or if you pass through immigration at your final destination?

Trouble is, according to http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/visa_on_arrival2.htm Delhi has VOA facilities, but Bangalore has not.

I have been to India before, but never had connecting internal flights, so can't tell when you pass through immigration.

Any help would be much appreciated, we are flying on Saturday, getting visa in Bangkok is no option unforthunately...

Thanks a thousand.
#2 Jan 24th, 2012, 19:39
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Originally Posted by LoveLassi View Post Hello all,

I had a good search but couldn't find anything for my (special?) case: My gf and I are flying to Bangalore from Bangkok, flight goes via Delhi.

Now, my girlfriend (NZ) couldn't get a visa beforehand (timing issues) but as a Kiwi she can get a 30 day Visa On Arrival. Does anybody know if you pass through immigration at your first port/airport, even if you are connecting, or if you pass through immigration at your final destination?

Trouble is, according to http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/visa_on_arrival2.htm Delhi has VOA facilities, but Bangalore has not.

I have been to India before, but never had connecting internal flights, so can't tell when you pass through immigration.

Any help would be much appreciated, we are flying on Saturday, getting visa in Bangkok is no option unforthunately...

Thanks a thousand.
Relax!

You always go through immigration at your first point of entry(*), along with Customs. Before you can proceed to an internal flight, you have to be "internal", as in admitted to the country. When you arrive in Bangalore you will not be on an international flight, so the area of the terminal you pass through will not have these facilities anyway.

Enjoy!

(*)unless in transit without the need to leave "airside" - for the pedants!
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#3 Jan 25th, 2012, 10:58
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Thanks for your reply, that sounds very logical indeed. Now let's hope we got all the necessary documents etc required for visa on arrival and we should be good.

Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by LoveLassi View Post Thanks for your reply, that sounds very logical indeed. Now let's hope we got all the necessary documents etc required for visa on arrival and we should be good.

Thanks again.
Credit Cards as proof worked for a Finn last October. YMMV
#5 Jan 29th, 2012, 20:02
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Thanks all for your help.

To report back, the process was fairly easy and quick: we passed through immigration in Delhi before transferring to our domestic flight. The process for visa on arrival took about 20 minutes, no hard questions asked.

Side note: visa fee should be $60, but what happens is that they take your dollars, go to currency exchange, hand you back a thick bundle of Rupees, and then you pay for the visa... My gf needed to provide $64 to get the right amount in Rupees (she got Rs 2900 for her $64, but had only to pay Rs 2770)... You might be able to stand your ground saying that the India government website states $60, but hey...

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