I have booked "Delhi - Singapore(8hr layover) - Taipei (Taoyuan)(17hr layover) - LA". I am an Indian holding a valid F1 visa. is transit visa needed ? enter image description here

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    This look like a stitched itinerary, especially that 6E-CI change Jul 13, 2023 at 7:37

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TIMATIC states, for Singapore :

Passengers 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.

I am not certain, but you are unlikely to fulfil the international transit area requirement for your change between Indigo and China Airlines, especially with checked luggage

But, you can leave it, and visit the country for those 8h, with the VFTF

Nationals of India with a confirmed onward air or cruise ticket to a third country within 96 hours under the Visa Free Transit Facility (VFTF). They must:

  • have an entry visa issued by Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, USA or United Kingdom valid for a minimum of one month, and
  • have documents required for the next destination.

For Taiwan, you are more likely to remain in the international transit area even though 17h in the transit area is a very long time, and you may want to secure a Taiwanese visa to allow you to visit

Visa exemption treatment for Indian passport holders

With a valid visa or an expired visa less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan or permanent resident certificate issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, the United States, or possesses an entry visa or resident card issued by the ROC at any point in the past 10 years, are eligible to apply online for an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate. (https://www.roc-taiwan.org/in_en/post/1026.html)

You apply on the Taiwanese Immigration website and it's entirely free of charge

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    Singapore T1 to T3 can be transited airside. If (and only if) they have purchased the ticket as a single booking, their luggage will also be transferred. Jul 13, 2023 at 10:20
  • @lambshaanxy You never know with Indigo, but I doubt this is a single ticket Jul 13, 2023 at 10:39
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    @lambshaanxy Indeed, this is not a flight sold by either airline, this is not a single ticket Jul 13, 2023 at 10:47
  • If things haven't changed - T1-T3 have a light rail connection. T4 has a bus airside from.. I THINK T3, but its been a while since I worked there. Jul 13, 2023 at 13:56

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