I am travelling from Wuhan (China) to Bangalore (India) via Bangkok (BKK). The flight from Wuhan to Bangkok is China Southern Airways and the flight from Bangkok to Bangalore is Air India. There is no code share agreement between them.

Do I need to pass through immigration in Bangkok to collect the luggage and re-checkin into the Air India flight?

If yes: can I apply for "Transit visa" on arrival? Or do I have to go fro a "Full visa" costing 2000 Baht?

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    The fact that they have a code share agreement is mostly irrelevant. Are both flights on the same ticket/booking, or were they booked separately?
    – jcaron
    Dec 9, 2019 at 17:54
  • The flights will be different bookings as i need to book them as multi-segment. I assume the luggage will not get a through check-in option and hence need to collect my baggage and re-checkin. The gap between the arrival of one flight and the departure of the next is 4 hrs.
    – Ravi
    Dec 10, 2019 at 2:05
  • 4 hours may not be enough time to clear Thai immigration. (both the exit and the re-entry), especially if you need to get VoA)
    – Jon Grah
    Dec 10, 2019 at 4:34

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YES, separate itineraries require a fresh check-in of baggage on international flight and most domestic flight.

If your flights are on two separate itineraries, they are separate tickets. If they are on the same itinerary, here are some clues to confirm:

  1. Contact the first (or each) airline and ask them if the luggage will automatically transfer to the next flight. If you used a booking/travel agent, contact them and ask them. This would be your best source of accurate info.

  2. Check the itinerary online directly with the airlines you will fly with. They usually require the booking confirmation code and passenger's name. Do all the connecting flights show as one itinerary?

  3. Do you get both boarding passes when you check in? Or only boarding pass for some of the legs?

If you bought the tickets yourself, the general rule is that if you bought the legs separately or were told when buying that each leg is separate, then you must assume that you will have to get your luggage and check in again (which requires passing through customs/immigration).

....Nationals of certain countries may apply for visa upon arrival in Thailand. Travellers with this type of visa are permitted to enter and stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 15 days. For more information, please see Summary of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival to Thailand......

According to this list from the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs site, you Mainland China nationals can get VoA for 15 days.

Here is a screenshot.

Summary of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival to Thailand

During peak times or if immigration system is slow, it could take 1 hour or more to pass through Thai immigration. This is excluding VoA, or re-check in time. With check-in baggage, and factoring in other delays I would recommend 5+ hour layover gap.

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