I live in Seattle and am a US citizen. I arrived in Hong Kong on 1/11. Yesterday, 1/16 I went to the airport to go to India, but when I got there to check in, the agent asked for my visa and I realized it was in my old passport in Seattle. Needless to say, I was unable to go on my flight. I still need to get to India.

What should I do? I'm going to the Indian consulate to see if they can help, but they don't open until tomorrow.

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    Get someone to overnight your old passport.
    – user4188
    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:23
  • We looked into that, wouldn't make it in time. I need it by absolute latest Wednesday afternoon, called all the shipping services, they said it's possible but most likely Thursday.
    – vkapadia
    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:24
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    Then you clearly didn't call the right services, there are many "get this document on the next flight" type of services. For eg upsexpresscritical.com/cfw fedex.com/us/government/us/options.html dhl.com/en/express/export_services/export_same_day.html In a pinch, call Delta Airlines and ask whether they'd be willing to carry it then get someone to the airport w/ the passport. There's a flight at 12:24PM every day arriving the next day. So it'll be there by Monday.
    – user4188
    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:32
  • Thanks will try that. I called UPS, FedEx, and DHL. Will try Delta.
    – vkapadia
    Jan 17, 2016 at 3:34
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    @chx In the end your comments were the right solution. Why not post them as a proper answer?
    – motoDrizzt
    Oct 16, 2016 at 11:46

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In a situation like this, your best bet is airlines which also provide cargo services -- most often you can get the package on the next flight out. You need to look up which airlines fly between the given airports for fastest service as you do not want layovers, in this case, Delta has a SEA-HKG flight (Singapore Airlines Cargo also flies this route as a backup option, it's worth a call to check but it's likely an ordinary airline will be quicker). If someone does a handover at the airport and you pick it up at the other airport then it'll be as fast as possible and the cost won't be exorbitant since it's very small. You can send (it happened!) multi ton power plant turbine shafts this way -- now that will be jaw dropping expensive but it is possible.

  • Thanks, Delta Cargo worked for me! It was a bit pricey, bt nothing too bad. Took multiple trips to Hong Kongs
    – vkapadia
    Oct 17, 2016 at 20:18
  • (continued from last line) Cargo Terminal, but was finally able to get my passport.
    – vkapadia
    Oct 17, 2016 at 20:19

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