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Mumbai airport (BOM) connection/transfer/transit questions - dedicated thread

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PLEASE NOTE that CERTAIN DOMESTIC FLIGHTS OF Air India (#010-399 and 900-999) are ACTUALLY segments of INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT and hence for the following discussion should be considered INTL flights.


TRANSFER at BOM

Air India 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 (T1) and you need to continue to follow the usual practice of changing terminal.
(For those not familiar with Santacruz Airport - CSIA - while both T1 and T2 uses same airfield and runaways, they are quite apart landside and can be 25-45 min by taxi depending on the traffic)

If first time in BOM then it is advisable to book connection with AI or Vistara to avoid this transfer between terminals.

INTL-to-INTL connections (suspended as of Jan 2022 due to COVID):

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 domestic looking segments of AI are actually onward leg of continuing International flight (#010-399 and 900-999). 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 tariffs 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 you are travelling by Air India and your incoming flight to BOM has been classified as international flight (currently applicable to certain AI flights only) then you would have already completed immigration process at your origin and you will simply follow INTL-to-INTL connection at BOM.

Otherwise, you will go through immigration at BOM airport even when your bags are checked to your final destination directly.
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Old Sep 9, 22, 8:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Anish
The ITC Maratha, Hilton, Hyatt Regency, JW Marriott and The Lalit are all good options. Most of them will offer free airport transfers as well.

I'd pick these over the transit hotel since restaurant options + overall ambience will be better.
Edit : If you're on a budget the Courtyard Marriott is also a great choice.
Does anyone know if the Niranta transit hotel at BOM is open yet on the airside (no visa requirement)? Thanks!
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Old Sep 12, 22, 9:22 am
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Does anyone know if the Niranta transit hotel at BOM is open yet on the airside (no visa requirement)? Thanks!
Their website shows a "transit stay @ INR6999 with no Indian visa" but booking engine only shows the T2 Arrivals option (which is landside) so I think it is not operating. May be useful to call and check.
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Old Sep 14, 22, 9:14 pm
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Hi! Flying in with one airline INTL and leaving INTL 6hrs later. No bags. 2nd airline is Turkish. Wondering if I'm able to stay in departure lounge...? Is there a transfer desk or will I be able to obtain my BP online as an online check-in beforehand?

Thank you!
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Old Sep 19, 22, 5:07 am
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You can checkin for your next flight at the transfer desk after deplaning. Finding a TK agent at 6h before the flight may be difficult, they will be available at about 4h before. Online checkin for international flights is not possible ex India.
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Old Sep 19, 22, 7:04 am
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Originally Posted by superboi
Their website shows a "transit stay @ INR6999 with no Indian visa" but booking engine only shows the T2 Arrivals option (which is landside) so I think it is not operating. May be useful to call and check.
just went through on the weekend - not open yet . they think in October
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Old Sep 19, 22, 5:54 pm
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Transit help !! HELP

Help help Hi! Flying in with one airline INTL and leaving INTL 22/09. No bags, just hand luggage. 2nd airline is Vietair . When I get off the plane will I be able to go to check in for my next flight. Aka do I have to go through customs etc , As a uk citizen I cant apply for online e visa so if this is the case Im f**cked.
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Old Sep 19, 22, 6:26 pm
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Mumbai International Transit Question



Land Mumbai 20:55 22/09 from Bahrain, depart Mumbai 00:20 23/09 to Ho Chi Minh City.



travelling with only hand luggage



I dont have a visa (didnt realise I might need one and then didnt realise Uk citizens cant do online e visa). Will I have to go through customs etc to get on my next flight ?



essentially asking if Ive massively screwed up or I can get off the flight and go straight to the departure lounge.



I booked my tickets through kiwi.com so I dont have a BP and it says I have to check In at the airport. Is this another problem or can I check in in the departure lounge or at the gate ?



thank you so much for any help
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Old Sep 20, 22, 6:51 am
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For attention for @PiperAtGatesofDawn

For attention for @PiperAtGatesofDawn

It wont let me send any more private messages to you and the other account I made got shut down.

my reply wasHi I just spoke to Mumbai airport on the phone they said that I wont have to leave the visa free transit zone. I asked that even if I didnt have a boarding pass for next flight and he said yes, they can issue it at the transit desk. And he said gulf air should be able to give me my boarding pass before I get on the flight anyway. (They then said they couldnt when I rang)

I rang gulf air and they said they cant answer the question and to ask when I get to check in. Getting very confused. They said they might ask for the visa when I board but could not confirm. But even if I get on the plane you think I wont be able to check in to the new flight without going through customs. Just confused as the guy in Mumbai airport said I would be able to check for vietair flight at the Mumbai transfer desk



thank you for all your help so far, I really appreciate it.
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Old Sep 20, 22, 8:11 am
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All the best. Let us know how it goes
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Is Uber better option than those parked at the airport For transferring from domestic T1 to international T2 at BOM as I will be flying AF - BOM-CDG. I do have a local cell phone with Uber, but don’t speak Hindi.

One more question. If I am flying Vistara that arrives at T2, can I go to the AF ticketing counter in T2 without exiting the airport?

Originally Posted by Keyser
Shuttle will be crowded. Even if it is running a cab would be a better option. Last time I did this a couple of months ago (albeit from T1 to a hotel near T2), it cost around INR 300. Taking a cab would be quicker & more convenient.

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Old Oct 11, 22, 4:30 am
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Originally Posted by Love_Travel
Is Uber better option than those parked at the airport For transferring from domestic T1 to international T2 at BOM as I will be flying AF - BOM-CDG. I do have a local cell phone with Uber, but dont speak Hindi.
I would definitely use Uber.

Originally Posted by Love_Travel
One more question. If I am flying Vistara that arrives at T2, can I go to the AF ticketing counter in T2 without exiting the airport?
You don't have to exit the airport but you will have to go check-in your bags & go through security again before you can board your AF flight.

The ticketing counters can be accessed from inside the airport as well so you don't have to exit.
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Old Oct 12, 22, 8:24 am
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Hi all, i will be transiting in BOM. LHR-BOM-BKK on Air India. Same ticket. 4 hours in BOM. I'm vaccinated but have my unvaccinated daughter with me. She is 5 years old.
Will she need a covid test to board the plane in LHR?
i couldn't find information on Transit Pax. Just for international arrivals. My guess is that it is not required. Thanks for your help!
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Old Oct 12, 22, 9:20 am
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The rules don't require any test for children 'under 5'. I would play it safe and get some kind of test report to show anyone who may ask.
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Old Oct 26, 22, 3:23 am
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I have a 1 hour connection coming up on AI IXE-BOM-DEL, and I'm realising I can't remember ever doing a domestic-to-domestic connection in India on a single ticket before.. Do I need to reclear security in BOM or will I be able to proceed directly to the next gate?
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Old Oct 26, 22, 3:37 am
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Originally Posted by PVDtoDEL
I have a 1 hour connection coming up on AI IXE-BOM-DEL, and I'm realising I can't remember ever doing a domestic-to-domestic connection in India on a single ticket before.. Do I need to reclear security in BOM or will I be able to proceed directly to the next gate?
Its been a while since I did this but I do remember having to clear security again.
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