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I am currently in Chennai for a 1 week business trip. Yesterday was supposed to be my flight back to Manila (I am a Philippine passport holder). My Itinerary was:

(Indigo)Chennai -> Bangalore -> Dubai (Gulf Air) -> Bahrain -> Manila

However when getting my boarding pass, they said I cannot go because I am not holding Transit Visa for Dubai. Said it is their protocol and they also confirmed with their counterpart in Dubai. I have all the booking details, negative PCR test result, no luggage. Now I am back in the hotel planning how to get back to PH.

Question now is:

  1. When booking for my next flight, which countries can I select for connecting flights which will not require transit visa?
  2. If I book with Emirates and supposed they can help me with getting the transit visa, how long will the processing take?

Additional info: I booked this roundtrip flights with http://www.supertravel.se/. When going to India, I also had connecting flight through Dubai and I also don't have transit visa at the time but I was able to move from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2. I read that having no luggage, you don't need to go through immigration.

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  • Related travel.stackexchange.com/questions/62511/… but not duplicate. The comments in accepted answer say T3/2 connection is problematic. Probably why youbwere refused boarding.
    – RedBaron
    Feb 13 '21 at 4:39
  • So just to clarify, you are flying Indigo up to Dubai and then changing to Gulf Air for the remaining flights? If so, this is likely the problem, because you need a transit visa for this. If you can find a single-ticket/airline connection you would likely be OK. Feb 13 '21 at 6:14
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    Yes. I should have selected a single airline. Another information I got when I messaged Emirates just now is that "they don't allow transit passengers from India to Dubai until Feb 28. They only allow passengers whose final destination is Dubai". Feb 13 '21 at 8:42

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