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Etting Jul 20, 16 2:24 am

Recent experience of India Transit Visa?
 
Hi,

Does anyone have any recent experience of an Indian Transit Visa?

Looking to maybe use MAA and BLR as my entry and exit points for a Sri Lanka trip next year - but finding the whole visa thing a mystery and worried about booking flights (some non-refundable) without a Visa :(

Keyser Jul 22, 16 11:53 am

where & how are you applying for the visa????

LAX_Esq Aug 29, 18 11:44 pm

I'm also interested in knowing about transit visas. We'll be in India for 1 night / less than 24 hours. US Citizens. Is a transit visa any cheaper than the regular old e-visa, and can it be obtained thru the e-visa system? There's almost no info online about them. Just trying to save a buck...

889 Aug 30, 18 1:28 am

I can't imagine that dealing with the hassle of getting an actual transit visa, even if possible, is worth it. The evisa is so simple.

LAX_Esq Aug 30, 18 1:36 am


Originally Posted by 889 (Post 30146765)
I can't imagine that dealing with the hassle of getting an actual transit visa, even if possible, is worth it. The evisa is so simple.

More relevant background info: we're seeking to come into India via the Wagah-Attari land border.

Forget transit visa.... My latest research tells me that we won't even be able to do the e-visa if entering India by land. (see https://summitsandcities.com/2018/07...sing-ceremony/ and https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...eUrQScccc/edit ) Does this seem correct?

This really screws messes up our itinerary (luckily nothing cast in stone yet). We were only planning on being in India for a day. Hassling with a full $160/pp visa at the Indian consulate and mailing in passports sounds like a total non-starter.

oliver2002 Aug 30, 18 4:08 am

ETA is only used for arrival at airports, the land border checkpoints don't have the facilities to validate your ETA. You have to get a regular visa from the Indian consulate. I would rather watch the closing/opening ceremony from either side and not cross the border.

LAX_Esq Aug 30, 18 9:24 am

duplicate post

LAX_Esq Aug 30, 18 9:25 am


Originally Posted by oliver2002 (Post 30147091)
ETA is only used for arrival at airports, the land border checkpoints don't have the facilities to validate your ETA. You have to get a regular visa from the Indian consulate. I would rather watch the closing/opening ceremony from either side and not cross the border.

What a pain. Seems really risky and costly to deal with CKGS to get a regular visa by mail from the SF consulate.

Flights from Pakistan (LHE/ISB) to anywhere in South Asia seem absurdly expensive compared to flights from other cities within South Asia. Like $400-500 one way, with horrible scheduling and long layovers in the Persian Gulf.

So we planned to cross the Wagah border in the morning, see Amristar for an afternoon, and then fly the next day to KTM from there for $130. I figured it'd be a breeze w the e-visa. Perfect plan, right? Then I realized we can't use the e-visa. Good thing I discovered this before I've booked anything rather than when I went to get the e-visas a week before the trip!

We're fine with skipping India, especially if we have to deal with the CKGS hassle and pay $185/pp for a regular visa just for a half-day in India. But I have no idea why fares ex-LHE/ISB are so darn expensive. Any creatives at this point?

oliver2002 Aug 30, 18 10:02 am

Try a OTA based in Pakistan, probably you are only seeing full fares filed for foreigners.

LAX_Esq Aug 30, 18 10:21 am


Originally Posted by oliver2002 (Post 30148157)
Try a OTA based in Pakistan, probably you are only seeing full fares filed for foreigners.

Hmm, good thinking.

But PIA (Pakistan Air) doesn't fly seem to fly to the major airports in South Asia like KTM, DAC and CMB. 2x/week flights from LHE-DEL. None to BOM. Not sure a Pakistan-based OTA would be able to obtain cheaper fares on a flight thru the gulf on QR or something, notwithstanding the fact that such a detour is cumbersome.

Am I missing something. Why aren't there flights from LHE and ISB to anywhere in South Asia? Politics?

oliver2002 Aug 30, 18 10:39 am

The bilateral agreement between India and Pakistan allows only for a total of 12 weekly flights from each side: Bilaterals

There are also restrictions on overflying rights for PK over India and AI over Pakistan AFAIR.

LAX_Esq Aug 30, 18 10:46 am


Originally Posted by oliver2002 (Post 30148324)
The bilateral agreement between India and Pakistan allows only for a total of 12 weekly flights from each side: Bilaterals

There are also restrictions on overflying rights for PK over India and AI over Pakistan AFAIR.

It's starting to make sense... I was trying to figure out what the other 10 flights were and I found this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transp...erial_services "
As of 2017, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operates a twice a week Non-stop Flight from Lahore to Delhi. No Indian air carrier operates between the two countries. But for the Delhi to Lahore flight, tickets cannot be booked online. To book tickets, proper permission is needed from both the Indian Government and the Pakistani Government."


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