My boyfriend and I are looking to book flights through Kiwi.com from Rome to Nepal. We have a "self-transfer" stopover in Dammam (DMM). The stopover is only 3.5 hours long, but Kiwi.com says we might need a transit visa because we might have to go through passport control to get to our connecting flight's terminal.
We don't have checked baggage (only carry-on), and we are not planning on leaving the airport. However, the transfer might require us to leave "airside" and go through security (we might have multiple PNRs).
We have a few issues:
- transit visa isn't available for stopovers below 12 hours
- transit visas are apparently not available for women traveling alone. I am traveling with my partner but, in this case, they might require a marriage certificate, which we don't have.
- we might be able to get a transit visa on arrival, but this can take hours and our stopover is only 3.5 hours.
I have read that there should be a call at arrival for people in transit to get escorted by a police officer through customs again, so that a visa isn't necessary. However, information is conflicting.
Does anyone know more about self-transfers and transit visas in Dammam? Any help would be very appreciated. Thank you in advance.