I would like to travel to Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) from India. Can anyone help me to find the route (or routes) to avoid getting a transit visa?

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    I think your best option is to apply for a visa from the USA. It is possible to obtain a transit visa even if you have been refused a tourist/business visa. Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 7:29

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Starting from the destination, Trinidad and Tobago has two airports with commercial services. Unfortunately, all the long-haul or transcontinental flights listed in the Wikipedia articles on Piarco International Airport and A.N.R. Robinson Airport go to countries where Indian citizens do need visas for transit (including the US, the UK, Canada and Germany) so there is no obvious solution here.

A route through another country in the Caribbean might work but I could not find any viable option, in particular because Indian citizens apparently need a visa in Suriname and in Saint-Martin/Sint-Marteen, both of which are served directly from Amsterdam Schiphol, where you could transit without visa.

Note that if you have a residence permit or visa for the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan or a country in the EU, you might qualify for an exemption, e.g. in London or Frankfurt.

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    Emirates fly to Panama City, and Copa flies from there to Trinidad. Might that work as a routing? Do Indian citizens need transit visas in Panama?
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 13:48
  • @Gagravarr Playing a bit with the IATA travel centre website, I think a visa would be required in Panama but it's difficult to find definitive information on that.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 14:03
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    This website which google suggested indicates no transit visa is required if you stay airside for less than 9 hours, not sure if you can find anything official to back that up?
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 14:20
  • @Gagravarr It doesn't appear to be possible to get that routing on a single booking. At least not for mere mortals. That means a landside transit, if you haven't got a miracle worker for a travel agent. Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 7:18
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    @MichaelHampton It may be that a basic website won't offer it, but Cope is an Emirates interline partner so it's possible to put the two flights on one booking with baggage checked through. Probably try a "bricks and mortar" travel agent rather than a rubbish website!
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 8:03

Based on the answer to How can an Indian citizen travel to Ecuador without a transit visa, it looks like you can do this by going India -> Amsterdam -> Paramaribo -> Trinidad and Tobago.

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