I am an Indian citizen with a German residency permit. I am travelling from Germany to Dubai by Pegasus Airlines and then from Dubai to Madurai by SpiceJet separately, in both directions. I need to transfer myself in Dubai. I have found that transit is possible in Dubai airport via transit desk without UAE transit visa.

But, I have read on SpiceJet's website that Indian citizens travelling from India to Dubai need "Ok to Go" stamp in their passports. It is not clearly explained for transit people like me with Schengen visa.

Q1: Will SpiceJet in Madurai check "Ok to Go" and reject me (Indian citizen with Schengen residence permit) in Madurai airport during my return journey?

If yes; Q2: Is there is any other possibility to solve the above problem?

If "Ok to Go" is ultimately needed for SpiceJet in Madurai; Q3: How can I get it from Germany and how much does it cost?

  • I have found that transit is possible in Dubai airport via transit desk without UAE transit visa. - be careful, if you have checked luggage this is not possible. Nov 5, 2014 at 4:08
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    @pnuts: I have talked with spicejet. "Ok to Go" is a kind of approval provided to PNR ticket number with connection to UAE visa. It is not needed for transit people. Nov 5, 2014 at 12:39
  • @Burhan: Really? I have heard that if we pay some money, transit desk will help to get the checked in luggage. Is it false? Do you have onsite experience on it? Nov 5, 2014 at 12:40
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    The last time I had to transit through Dubai (4 months ago), there was no such option. I will be flying through Dubai in a few days and I will confirm again for you. Nov 5, 2014 at 13:14
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    Okay, so I just got back from Dubai and according to the transfer desk, they are not authorized to collect and re-check in luggage on behalf of passengers. There is no fee for this service; because this service does not exist. Your bags will be offloaded in Dubai, because the tag on your baggage will have DXB as the final destination. If you do not have checked-in baggage, and you do not have an onward boarding pass, you can get one issued at the transit desk. You will find the transit desk immediately after the first set of stairs you descend. Nov 8, 2014 at 13:41

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In Dubai there is no airside transit visa.

However there is no provision to collect checked-in luggage without going through immigration procedures.

Practically, this means that if you have two single journeys (ie, two tickets on two different carriers not on codeshare) and you have checked your bags - you need to be able to enter Dubai to collect your bags.

The transit desk can only assist with boarding passes (and in case your in-bound flight is delayed, they can arrange to get you a seat on the next flight to your destination).

There are three lounge services at Dubai airports. Marhaba, Ahlan and the premium Al Majlis. All provide baggage assistance of some sort, but none are available for transit passengers.

Marhaba offers transit baggage retag service (for a fee, and subject to airline regulations).

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    Marhaba offer baggage collection+recheck for transit passengers, for a fee - see Meet and Greet Services then click the Transfer tab for details
    – Gagravarr
    Mar 12, 2015 at 9:10

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