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I have booked tickets from Germany to Uruguay.

The major Airline for the trip is KLM. There is a stop at Brazil's Sao Paolo GRU airport from where I have a flight to Montevideo. This particular flight is undertaken by GOL Transportes Aereos. The connection is shown below:

Flight Connection

The flight number is KL9264 which falls under KLM but I am anxious to know if this is a single ticket or not.

Reason

  • I have an Indian Passport, and I cross checked with the Brazillian Embassy in India on whether I need a Transit Visa in Brazil. Their reply was the following:

Travelers transiting through Brazilian airports to other countries, whenever the onward flight is booked under a separate ticket and/or different code need to have a transit visa.

Does the connection mentioned above constitute a Single ticket? As was the question previously asked On Expedia How Can I Tell if A Flight on Multiple Airlines is a single ticket or not, the accepted answer came only after the OP had traveled and not beforehand.

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This is clearly a single ticket. If you had separate tickets, the airline would not show them together (and the KL codeshare probably cannot be bought as a separate ticket at all).

What Brazil is interested in is whether you'll need to go through their immigration control. When you're on a single ticket it means that you will not need to go through immigration to pick up and recheck baggage, and that you won't risk being stranded in Sao Paulo because your incoming flight was late and you missed your connection (or the second airline somehow didn't honor your ticket).

  • I am a bit worried though, since I think as an Indian Passport holder I won't be able to apply for a brazilian transit visa in Germany. I have sent emails to KLM regarding a clarification on this thing but It is just getting a bit nervy – Shan-Desai Oct 7 '18 at 15:37
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    @Shan-Desai: Why do you think you would need a transit visa? The Brazilian embassy explicitly told you you don't. – Henning Makholm Oct 7 '18 at 15:38
  • so if I understand it correctly: GRU to MVD is different country code but that shouldn't be a problem since I have a single ticket booked with less that 5 hour stopover and I do not need to go through immigration and baggage collection? – Shan-Desai Oct 7 '18 at 15:40
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    @Shan-Desai: I don't know what you mean by "different country code" or why that would influence the fact that as a transit passenger at GRU on a single booking you do not need a transit visa. – Henning Makholm Oct 7 '18 at 15:44
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    @mdewey: No. that makes no sense either. Of course transits are between different flight numbers. It would be completely meaningless to say that one can transit without a visa as long as one leaves on the same flight one flew in on. – Henning Makholm Oct 7 '18 at 16:11
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Confirmation

Flights

  • I took the time to contact KLM via their email and WhatsApp platforms where I sent the following information to them:

    Full Name, Booking Code, Ticket Number, Flight Route, Flight Number, Travel Dates, Email
    
  • I mentioned in the email that I wish to confirm whether the flight ticket booked is a single reservation/ticket and I received a prompt reply from them stating it is a single reservation with the exact code mentioned by them.

The replies where within windows of the 6 hours, which was fantastic.

Brazilian Consulate in New-Delhi

  • I sent an email asking for clarification for the word code in their following statement:

    Travelers transiting through Brazilian airports to other countries, whenever the onward flight is booked under a separate ticket and/or different code need to have a transit visa.

Their reply was the following:

different code refers to different PNR. If your ticket does not fall under the requriment of a transit visa then you should not have a problem.

So as mentioned @HenningMakholm I do not require a Transit Visa.

(Better to be safe than sorry! since flying out to Brazil and then being denied boarding would be utterly disheartening!!)

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