I am an Indian Citizen who has lived in Vietnam on a business visa for the last 3 months and a tourist visa for a few months before that.

I am going back to India and my flight is from Ho Chi Minh to Kuala Lumpur by AirAsia (Terminal 2). My next flight 15 hours afterwards from Kuala Lumpur to Pune (Terminal 2) on Indigo airlines

Do I need a transit visa? If so, I am not sure if I am eligible for it given that I'm traveling on two different airlines.

  • @david There is lot of contradictory answers which says you need to recheck in the baggage if it's two different airlines – AmitJS94 Jun 14 '19 at 13:00
  • @AmitJS94: Whether it's two different airlines doesn't matter, but it does matter whether it is two different tickets. Is it? – hmakholm left over Monica Jun 14 '19 at 13:05
  • Actually, I read the answer to the question I linked more closely, it applies only to Sri Lankan citizens, so it's not actually relevant. Sorry about that. – David Richerby Jun 14 '19 at 13:06
  • Here we go: travel.stackexchange.com/q/109547/11491 – David Richerby Jun 14 '19 at 13:08
  • @DavidRicherby Well Beijing is in the list of 8 countries kln.gov.my/web/ind_chennai/faqs, Sadly Vietnam isn't in that list. – AmitJS94 Jun 14 '19 at 13:12

According to Timatic:

TWOV (Transit Without Visa):

Nationals of India residing in Viet Nam transiting through Kuala Lumpur (KUL) with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country on Malaysia Airlines (MH) or Air Asia (AK) within 120 hours. They must:

  • have a visa issued by Australia, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand or USA, and
  • arrive at and depart from the same terminal, and
  • stay in the international transit area of the airport, and
  • have documents required for the next destination.

This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a Bridging visa E (BVE) issued by Australia.

Therefore it seems to me that you're out of luck. Your onwards flight is with Indigo airlines and you will need to leave the sterile transit area if you want to re-check luggage. Luckily for you, Indian citizens can apply for a Malaysian eVisa online. As a bonus, that would also let you do some sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur during your layover.

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