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I am an Indian citizen travelling from London to India and I am planning to book a ticket with a self transfer at Bucharest and Riyadh. I only have one cabin bag. Do I need a visa for the self transfer?

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  • Are you an Indian citizen? Jan 5, 2023 at 7:38
  • Yes I am. I am in uk on student visa
    – Karthik
    Jan 5, 2023 at 7:52
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    Its much headache and probably expensive than a connection made by airline to arrange the visas. Jan 5, 2023 at 8:20
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    For self-transfer bookings, you need to fulfil the entry requirement for the destination of each ticket (PNR), whether that entails getting a visa or being eligible for visa on arrival or visa-free entry. So you need to fulfil the entry requirements for Romania and Saudi Arabia to be allowed boarding. Jan 5, 2023 at 10:55
  • Related: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/171352/…
    – jcaron
    Jan 5, 2023 at 12:56

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Assuming that you are an Indian citizen :


Romania - Transit Visa

Visa required.

Visa Exemptions

Passengers with a "D" visa issued by Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus or a Schengen Member State for a maximum stay of 90 days. TWOV (Transit Without Visa)

Passengers transiting through Bucharest (OTP), Cluj-Napoca (CLJ), Sibiu (SBZ) or Iasi (IAS) with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 24 hours. They must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.


Saudi Arabia - Transit Visa

Visa required.

Visa Exemptions

First-degree family members of passengers with a 'Saudi Premium Residency' card. TWOV (Transit Without Visa)

Passengers transiting through Dammam (DMM), Jeddah (JED) or Riyadh (RUH) with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 12 hours. They must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.

Only one transit stop-over in Saudi Arabia is permitted.


As you are doing self tranfers, you will need both a Saudi Transit Visa first (if you don't get it first, your Romanian visa will be denied :

  1. Supporting documents to get a B-type visa:

visa issued by the state of destination;

and then get a Romanian B visa, to be applied on the Romanian visa platform

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  • OP mentions that he has only hand luggage. Wouldn't he be able to stay in the transit area in that case, hence be exempt from getting visa?
    – Sabine
    Jan 5, 2023 at 9:53
  • It will depend on if they can check in online, if they can't, they will for sure need a visa Jan 5, 2023 at 10:00
  • I guess you checked Timatic for transit, but you must check it for destination since they are both self-transfers and each airline will most likely consider the next connection to be the final destination (especially if it is a low-cost airline). This makes transit through OTP require a visa, and transit through RUH not require one (visa on arrival, as OP has a UK visa).
    – jcaron
    Jan 5, 2023 at 12:53
  • @jcaron Saudi VOA is only for tourist and business visa, not for a student visa hodlder Jan 5, 2023 at 13:12
  • @NicolasFormichella Ah indeed. So two visas required.
    – jcaron
    Jan 5, 2023 at 13:31

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