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I am an Indian citizen. and i am flying to New York, US on 27th April 2015. my flight is from Lucknow to Mumbai and then my connecting flight is from Mumbai with a layover of 8 hrs. Do the airport authorities allow us to leave the airport for a few hours?

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    Why wouldn't you be able to leave the airport? – Michael Hampton Apr 4 '15 at 20:43
  • Considering Mumbai, a few hours isn't a lot of time to get to something touristy. Even 8 hours might be insufficient if it's day time. Do you have a specific activity in mind? – Gayot Fow Apr 4 '15 at 22:17
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Let's tear this question apart because it's reasonably common. I will answer the generic question, the specific should be clear after:

  1. You intend to leave the airport after stepping off a flight. If you have the legal right to stay in the country then this shouldn't be a problem. In most cases, if you are allowed inside the terminal you should be in the clear: you might simply be visa exempt or you have a visa that allows you into the country not just the airport. Citizens of countries needing Schengen airport transit visas, certain citizens who can transfer through a Canadian airport to the USA without a visa etc are exceptions. Also, if you fall under this, don't you worry, you will not be let out of the transit area. If you see a way to exit the transit area without passing a border guard / immigration officer, you are good to go.

  2. You intend to reenter the secure area of the airport. You need a boarding pass (and in some countries, a government issued ID) for this. There are almost no exceptions to this rule.

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    As for (2), in all of the airports I have recent experience with, a boarding pass has been all the security check wanted to see.You need some ID toactually board the plane, though. – Henning Makholm Apr 5 '15 at 3:38
  • In the USA at least you will encounter someone who checks passport and boarding pass together but you are right: both in Canada and the EU you can pass through security with just a boarding pass. Adjusted my answer. – chx Apr 5 '15 at 4:13

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