Do I need a transit visa in Kochi

#1 Feb 5th, 2016, 01:16
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I'm on the edge of my round the world trip and travelling super cheap.
Got myself a $12 ticket from Malaysia to Kochi, and then about 12 hours later a flight to Italy that cost me $6 and some frequent flyer miles.

The first flight is Air Asia and the subsequent ones on Etihad.

I will not have any checked luggage.

It *looks* like according to the rules I don't need a transit visa, but unsure what the setup is there as Kochi is a smaller airport than say, Delhi. Also I am flying one budget airline and one more standard one, though both are international flights.

If I can save myself $60 that would be great.
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Originally Posted by ZoraP View Post The first flight is Air Asia and the subsequent ones on Etihad.
Give it a try.

Why ? Because you bought dis-jointed ticket. If Air Asia does not allow you to board because you do not have a) A visa/Transit Visa b) A return ticket with them, they might deny you boarding.

If the airport does not have a specific international transit area, then you will be in a pickle.

You should come back and inform this forum, it will help future tourists wanting to transit in Kochi.
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Make sure you have a boarding pass for the onward flight to Abu Dhabi as a printout or on your smart-phone.
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Since it is a disjoint itinerary, it will not be treated as a direct airside transit. As such, you will need a transit visa, or just get an E-Visa if you are eligible.
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I was allowed boarding though previously through Delhi. Boarded at Bishkek on Pegasus, landed in Delhi, flew out on Indigo.

Just really don't want to have to pay $60 just to sit in an airport. It's a lot for me.
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Hi ZoraP

I'm just about to do the same trip from Colombo to Bangkok, via Kochi, and I was wondering how you got on.

Did they let you board the plane or did you have to get the transit visa?

I'm hoping to avoid the process of getting a visa as I'm only going to be there for seven hours and I've only got carry on luggage. I've got three flights booked that all depends on getting on this flight :/
If you could let me know, that would be awesome!
Thanks
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Welcome to IndiaMike, Simzark

Read the OP's experience and advice on this thread:

Transit through Cochin Airport?
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Originally Posted by Simzark View Post Hi ZoraP

I'm just about to do the same trip from Colombo to Bangkok, via Kochi, and I was wondering how you got on.
Poster mentioned transiting in Delhi, which has international transit facility.
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Originally Posted by Simzark View Post Hi ZoraP

I'm just about to do the same trip from Colombo to Bangkok, via Kochi, and I was wondering how you got on.

Did they let you board the plane or did you have to get the transit visa?

I'm hoping to avoid the process of getting a visa as I'm only going to be there for seven hours and I've only got carry on luggage. I've got three flights booked that all depends on getting on this flight :/
If you could let me know, that would be awesome!
Thanks

At Cochin international arrivals and departures are on the same level and there are just a few gates. If you only have carry-on luggage and the boarding card for the onward flight you don't need to go anywhere near the immigration desks.
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Hello Golghar, trying to get updates on transit in Cochin airport. I'll be there for 17 hours coming from bangkok with airasia and then leaving to France with SaudiAirlines.
Nycank said there is a transfer desk, but can we get our luggages without clearing customs and migration?

My question is: Do i need a visa with checked luggage? And do i need a visa without checked luggage?

I need that information before i can book my flight to Cochin. Thank you everyone for your help
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It would be safer to get a visa as these are flights on two different airlines. And in any case what are you going to do for 17 hours in the airside area of Cochin International Airport?
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drink chai, eat chapati... Not interested to be in downtown Kochi
Seriously, i wish i had less time to wait, but low cost airlines have draw back. Finally i decided to fly without checked luggage and will double check with the cochin airport authorities on my way in (2 weeks from now) if i can return and transit without checked luggage and no visa. Sending my luggage by mail will be cheaper than paying for it at airasia, then buying an expensive Indian visa. And yes; tight budget
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drink chai, eat chapati... Not interested to be in downtown Kochi
Seriously, i wish i had less time to wait, but low cost airlines have draw back. Finally i decided to fly without checked luggage and will double check with the cochin airport authorities on my way in (2 weeks from now) if i can return and transit without checked luggage and no visa. Sending my luggage by mail will be cheaper than paying for it at airasia, then buying an expensive Indian visa. And yes; tight budget

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