I am trying to check in online for my flight on Air India. It asks for the "Visa country of issue".

Do they mean where I applied for the visa? I am German and did it in Germany.

Does it mean India, the country to which I'm travelling and which issued my visa?

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    Generally it means the country that issued the visa (not the location of the country's consulate). But without firsthand knowledge of the context, I can't be certain that this is the correct answer in this case.
    – phoog
    Feb 2, 2017 at 23:37
  • Yes it should be India. I have checked in a few times on AI website and I am confident about it. Visa country of issue of your final destination.
    – anshabhi
    Feb 3, 2017 at 16:01
  • Also Indian visa itself does not mention in which country it was issued (only in MRI)
    – George Y.
    Feb 17, 2017 at 18:12
  • @anshabhi perhaps you can post an answer.
    – phoog
    Feb 22, 2017 at 22:37

4 Answers 4


It should be INDIA.

In general scenarios, only the Government (or Govt officials representing that country) can issue visa for that country.

Air India flies to many countries, and they fly many global citizens worldwide. In above scenario, you are traveling to India, and got your visa issued by Indian Embassy in Germany. Since Indian Embassy represents Indian Government, it should be INDIA as "Visa Country of Issue".

  • This worked out fine.
    – aldorado
    Jan 23, 2019 at 12:05

Several comments have mentioned that the likely answer is India and that's what I would put in there. In the worst case scenario Air India will correct the information when you get to the airport, whatever information you put in during check-in is not crucial.


They are referring to Germany since the Visa was issued by the Indian embassy/consulate in Germany.

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    Do you have any evidence to support this assertion?
    – phoog
    Feb 22, 2017 at 15:54
  • @phoog Unfortunately it doesn't state it on the Indian visa page in my passport, otherwise I'd share a pic. However this is what I entered when applying for my visa initially and again when transferring it to a new passport.
    – bedouin
    Feb 22, 2017 at 16:13
  • But the question isn't about a visa application; it's about checking in for a flight. I would expect the answer to be different in different contexts.
    – phoog
    Feb 22, 2017 at 16:19
  • @phoog the question is about the visa country of issue. How can it be different in different contexts? This person applied for the Indian visa in Germany. Hence Germany is the country of issue.
    – bedouin
    Feb 22, 2017 at 16:25
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    The visa was issued by India, in Germany. "Country of issue" is inherently ambiguous; it could be asking "in what country" or "by which country." Obviously, in the context of the Indian bureaucracy, they are interested in where the visa was issued. In the context of any other bureaucracy, especially that of an airline, they are more likely to want to know which country issued the visa under its laws, for the purpose of travel to its territory.
    – phoog
    Feb 22, 2017 at 21:48

"What is a U.S. Visa? A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship."

Definition from below US Government website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html

So the answer should be "Country of citizenship" is the "Issuing Country" for VISA (in your case "Germany"). "Country for which visa applies" would be "India".

Hope this helps. (I just filled the details for my Lufthansa)

  • Downvoted as the answer is very unclear. The OP's "Country of Citizenship" is Germany. The "Visa country of issue" is India. The physical location where the visa was issued (in this case, Germany) is not relevant. May 8, 2018 at 22:20
  • The country under whose laws and authority the visa was issued is India.
    – phoog
    May 8, 2018 at 22:54

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