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The Mumbai Airport Transfer Guide (Domestic to International and vv)

The Mumbai Airport Transfer Guide (Domestic to International and vv)

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TRANSFER at BOM

Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara operate all of their international and domestic flights out of the same NEW terminal (T2). There is no need to change terminal or take any bus/taxi.

Low-cost airlines operate out of legacy Santacruz domestic terminal and you need to continue to follow the usual practice of changing terminal.

INTL-to-INTL connections:

NOTE: Air-India operates some domestic flight segments as extension of an oversees flight (Typically flight numbers <400 - Double check routing on AI website to confirm example: AI 144 EWR_BOM_DEL). They should be treated as INTL flights for immigration/rechek/customs purpose.

If both legs are on the same airline or on airlines that have interlined agreement, then your bags will be tagged to your final destination. But verify this fact when you actually check your bags at your origination and reconfirm by inspecting the bag tags.

Otherwise you have to go through immigration, collect bags and check-in again. This may need appropriate Visa too. If you have to do this, provide for 3 to 4 hours layover to be safe.

INTL-to-DOM transfer

Practice is similar to what you may find at major airports in the world such as JFK, LHR, etc. You have to go through immigration, collect bags, go through customs and then TURN LEFT upon exit from customs towards transfer area. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT into Semi-controlled reception area.

It is best to have entire reservation on single PNR to avail of better baggage allowance. Otherwise expect to pay high tarrifs of excess baggage. Also in case of delayed incoming flight, you will be most likely accomodated on the domestic portion.

Note that certain dometic looking segments of AI are actually onward leg of continuing International flight such as EWR-BOM-AMD flight. When connecting to/from these flights, treat them as INTL segments.

DOM-to-INTL transfer

It is best to have entire reservation on single PNR to avail of better baggage allowance. Otherwise expect to pay high tarrifs of excess baggage. Your bags will be most likely tagged to your final destination when it is same airline or when airlines have interline agreement. Again, best to double check and reconfirm by looking at the bag tags. Otherwise, you have to collect bags at BOM and check-in again. Please check with your airline for the current process. Posts on this thread that are more than couple of months old, should be in "Trust but Verify" category.

If your incoming flight to BOM has been classified as international flight then you would have already completed emmigration (exit from India) process at your origination and you will simply follow INTL-to-INTL connection at BOM.

Otherwise, you will go through emmigration process at BOM airport even when your bags are checked to your final destination directly.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 3:34 am
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Having a bit of a disagreement here, with some apparently varied experiences:

if we arrive at T2 international departures more than 4 hours early, will they let us in the building or not? In the past Iíve been allowed in the building 6-7 hours early, but couldnít check in/head to immigration until 4 hours out. A companion said that they donít allow us in the building at all until 4 hours from flight departure. Iím sure things could have changed - itís been a couple years since I took this flight.

Any current experiences?
I have never been that early in BOM. I've arrived 3 hours prior to flight. What you could do is still go in 4 hours ahead and if they say no - hang about in coffee shop/restaurant for an hour.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 1:01 pm
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Originally Posted by bobert24 View Post
Having a bit of a disagreement here, with some apparently varied experiences:

if we arrive at T2 international departures more than 4 hours early, will they let us in the building or not? In the past Iíve been allowed in the building 6-7 hours early, but couldnít check in/head to immigration until 4 hours out. A companion said that they donít allow us in the building at all until 4 hours from flight departure. Iím sure things could have changed - itís been a couple years since I took this flight.

Any current experiences?
you were lucky if you were allowed in 6-7 hours before your flight....they normally won't allow you in until 4 hours out....
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Old Apr 18, 19, 1:14 pm
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you were lucky if you were allowed in 6-7 hours before your flight....they normally won't allow you in until 4 hours out....
I guess I got lucky last time, and maybe somewhat this time. I unfortunately had to get there 6+ hours early again, and told the guy at the door that I needed to talk to an airline agent to make a change to my ticket (which was true, although the change was very minor and not urgent). He waived me through no problem, only warning me that I wouldnít be allowed to leave the airport under any circumstances.

That being said, Iíd love to avoid the situation entirely next time. My companyís local guide/organizer/etc. insists on trying to get us to the airport 5-6+ hours early because of traffic. I can only assume he had a bad experience one time and is adamant that it wonít happen again. Does anybody else try for anything this ridiculously early? Iím thinking itís just him.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 1:22 pm
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I guess I got lucky last time, and maybe somewhat this time. I unfortunately had to get there 6+ hours early again, and told the guy at the door that I needed to talk to an airline agent to make a change to my ticket (which was true, although the change was very minor and not urgent). He waived me through no problem, only warning me that I wouldnít be allowed to leave the airport under any circumstances.

That being said, Iíd love to avoid the situation entirely next time. My companyís local guide/organizer/etc. insists on trying to get us to the airport 5-6+ hours early because of traffic. I can only assume he had a bad experience one time and is adamant that it wonít happen again. Does anybody else try for anything this ridiculously early? Iím thinking itís just him.
mumbai traffic is bad but even then i would never get to the airport 5-6 hours before my flight....2 hours before for an international flight & an hour before for a domestic flight....
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Old Feb 14, 20, 2:14 am
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I will be arriving BOM from JFK on Delta and then leaving BOM for AMD on AI 3 hours later in the same terminal. These are two separate PNRs. I know that I will have to clear immigration and retrieve my checked bag in BOM. My question is, do I then head for the transfer desk to recheck my bag for my AI flight, or do I basically "leave" the airport and come back into BOM like I'm a newly arriving passenger?
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Old Feb 14, 20, 3:27 am
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You collect your bags after immigration and waltz over to the AI transfer desk located on the left side just before you would leave the baggage area, They will take your luggage and check you in for the next flight. Then you can take a separate path to go upstairs.
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