How can a passport holder handle a passport with a single-entry visa if they get an entry stamp by entering the lay-over country but have to meet again immigration to reach the other terminal/gate in which there's the other flight?

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    – JoErNanO
    Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 9:44

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Since you mention Canada, let's take Canada as an example.

If you are flying to Winnipeg, but your flight has a 'layover' in Toronto (a pretty frequent occurrence) then you would clear immigration in Toronto. Once you have cleared immigration you go to the domestic terminal and board the flight from Toronto to Winnipeg, along with all the other people who are already in Canada and won't need to clear immigration at all. When you get to Winnipeg there will be no immigration or customs, since the flight has come from within Canada. This will be the same for any two cities within Canada.

Your single entry visa works fine - you enter Canada once, and after that you are just taking domestic flights.

This works pretty much the same for every country. Canada is just an example.

To answer the question in comments, no it is not possible in the above example to stay in the "transit area" in Toronto and clear immigration in Winnipeg. There is no such thing as a "transit area". International transit passengers (meaning those that are leaving on a flight out of Canada) simply remain in the "international" area. But the Toronto-Winnipeg flight will not depart from the international area. Only flights going to international destinations leave from there. You have no choice about how you do this.

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    @abdul even with countries that do have international transit areas, it's not possible to get from that area to a domestic flight without going through immigration control.
    – phoog
    Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 2:57
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    @abdul Please ask a separate question if you want to know about this. Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 13:43
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    @abdul I should have been clearer that I was talking about international arrival passengers transferring to an international flight. If they take the appropriate path, they get to international departures without going through immigration. There is another path through immigration to baggage claim, domestic departures, and airport exit. Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 21:50
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    Yes, an international transit passenger could, if they wanted and had the right documents, clear immigration, then exit the country again (in the same way that passengers starting their journey do) and get back on their flight. People sometimes do that if they have lots of time and want to see the country they are passing through. But it would be almost impossible to do by mistake. You can't go through immigration without showing your travel documents, and when people ask for your travel documents you know you are going through immigration. Commented Nov 21, 2019 at 1:10
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    But please, don't ask these questions here. Click the "Ask question" button and write a new question. Commented Nov 21, 2019 at 1:27

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