I'm an Indian passport holder. I'm having a flight (Shandong airlines)

  • Osaka (KIX, 12:55) - Qingdao (TAO, 14:45) - Flight number SC8092
  • 15 hr layover in Qingdao
  • Qingdao (TAO, 06:00) - New Delhi (DEL, 14:00) - Flight number SC8829

My second flight SC8829 is also making a 1.5hr stop at Kunming before again starting to New Delhi. The Kunming stop was not shown as a layover while I was booking the flight, it was just said "will stop at Kunming for 1.5hr"

Should I take a transit visa in Qingdao to board flight in Qingdao if Im not planning to go out of airport?


Per TIMATIC, the database used by airlines:

Visa required, except for Passengers with a confirmed onward air, cruise or train ticket to a third country within 24 hours can obtain an entry permit on arrival. They must have documents required for the next destination.

In other words, since you're transiting for less than 24 hours, you do not need a visa even if clearing immigration. However, be prepared for check-in staff at KIX possibly not being aware of this; in that case, ask a good English-speaking agent to check TIMATIC (NA=IN, TR=CN)

  • Inorder to take entry permit, will I also be needing hotel reservation ? – Hari Prasad Nov 24 '19 at 12:14
  • @HariPrasad No, there's no such requirement (or else it would say so in TIMATIC) – Crazydre Nov 24 '19 at 12:14

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