Planning to Travel to your home country during holidays from USA?
Make sure you don’t require Transit visa in country where you have connecting flights.
- USA – London – India (you might need Transit Visa)
- USA – Dubai – India (Transit visa not required at time of this post)
Transit Visa – Europe
If you are traveling via Germany, UK and other European countries, check for Transit Visa requirements.
Friend of mine who is traveling next week to India, booked his ticket via London. His USA visa is expired.
Unfortunately, London requires UK Transit visa, if visa is expired. He had to shell out money to book a different ticket via Brussels in Jet Airways.
- London – There will not be any problem flying via London towards USA. But, Transit Visa might be required while flying from USA via London.
Small mistake can cost you lot of money.
Don’t take travel agents word about Transit visa. Find the information from specific country’s embassy website.
Transit Visa – Middle East, Asia
Usually, travel from USA via countries in Middle East, Asia will not require transit visa.
Example – Dubai, Qatar, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc.
But, before you book your tickets, make sure Air Transit Visa is not required.
Here is good link that lists Transit Visa requirements for non-immigrants traveling form USA for most several countries.
Note – Students traveling to USA will usually not require transit visa. I have never seen any country requiring Transit visa for onward flight travel to USA.
I have seen few instances with my friend travelling to India with expired U.S. Visa but with valid I-20 or I-94 form.
So, if you have expired visa, then transit visa requirements will vary.
For instance, London would require to have an valid visa for transit. But, Middle East cities like Dubai, Doha will not require a valid U.S. Visa.
So, before looking for cheaper tickets, look for transit visa requirements for your connecting destinations. Then book your flight ticket.
It’s your responsibility, not your travel agents duty to check transit visa.