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User currently offlineSpdbrdconcorde From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 171 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1766 times:

Hi...I have a question regarding my trip...I am planning to go to India from the US.My flight most probably will go thru Europe...Now..would I need a visa or transit fee during the gate change or transit at any European airport...and what is the reason for it.

Thank you

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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1757 times:

If you're a US citizen you will not need a transit visa to transfer all European countries (with the possible exception of Russia). If you're an Indian citizen transiting the UK you'll either need a UK Visit or Airside Transit Visa, or a valid US or Canadian visa or a US Permanent Residence Card (Green Card) issued on or after 21 April 1998 or a Canadian Permanent Residence Card issued after (I believe) 18 August 2001.

LH423



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User currently offlineSpdbrdconcorde From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1740 times:

what if I have an H1 with an indian passport.....my friend's mom paid about $40- $50 at LHR while coming from CMB to IAD...would this also hold true for me...Thanks

User currently offlineDanialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1719 times:

If you fly via Switzerland on a same day connection and you do not clear immigration (i.e. you stay in the transit area), then I dont think you need a visa no matter where you from. Check with Swiss embassy to make sure though.


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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1706 times:

what if I have an H1 with an indian passport.....

If the H-1 is still valid, no visa needed for airside transit by an Indian citizen through any of the EU countries.

I can't think offhand of any country other than the US/Canada that require Indians living abroad to have transit visas (other than those who require it of everyone like Australia).

[Edited 2004-03-21 05:56:40]

User currently offlineSpdbrdconcorde From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 1694 times:

my main problem is that my H1 is not physically stamped into my passport...thought all other papers are in order..somebody told me that flying via the Pacific wil be less of an hassle...is this true?. thanks

User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1637 times:


Spdbrdconcorde,

If your H-1B visa is not stamped in your passport you will have to get an airside transit visa. The visa rules are very clear. You are required to have a confirmed onward ticket and a valid US visa/entry permit stamped in your passport. The INS (CIS) petition approval notice is not enough. You'll need that to get the US re-entry permit stamped in your passport. I am assuming you will have one stamped on your way back, without which you will not be able to re-enter the US. Play it safe and get the airside transit visa.

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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1590 times:

my main problem is that my H1 is not physically stamped into my passport...

Then you don't have an H1 visa - you have H1 status. I assume you had a change of status at some point from B1/B2 or F1? Are those original visas still valid? If so you will be ok. Otherwise you will need to obtain the airside transit visa (class A) or even a transit visa (class B) if you intend to transit through the UK, France or Germany. You can still transit through the Netherlands or Italy without a transit visa though.


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