SpdBrdConcorde
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Visa For Transit

Sun Mar 21, 2004 1:16 pm

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.

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LH423
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RE: Visa For Transit

Sun Mar 21, 2004 1:22 pm

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.

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SpdBrdConcorde
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RE: Visa For Transit

Sun Mar 21, 2004 1:33 pm

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
 
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RE: Visa For Transit

Sun Mar 21, 2004 1:42 pm

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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RE: Visa For Transit

Sun Mar 21, 2004 1:51 pm

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).

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SpdBrdConcorde
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RE: Visa For Transit

Sun Mar 21, 2004 2:07 pm

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
 
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RE: Visa For Transit

Sun Mar 21, 2004 10:11 pm


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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RE: Visa For Transit

Mon Mar 22, 2004 1:08 am

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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