Just a quick question regarding my upcoming flight from London Heathrow to Kathmandu, Nepal.

I am flying via Delhi with a 3 hour layover and Jet Airways is the operator for the entire flight. Normally, with transfer flights you DO NOT have to pay for a visa for the country you are connecting in, unless you leave the airport. However, a colleague of mine who has previously worked a lot in Nepal said that they have often had to buy an Indian visa in order to reach their connecting flight to Nepal. I do not believe this is the case but, having never done the journey before, I have no idea!

Has anyone got any experience of this flight? Or visa situation?


LHR > DEL (Depart from Terminal 4 and Arrive into Terminal 3)

DEL > KTM (Depart from Terminal 3)

[The same terminals are used on the return flight]


British passport holder

  • You need to find out what terminals the flights are arriving and departing from. It would be best to check with the airline directly. Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 8:08
  • Hi @BurhanKhalid, thanks for your reply - I have added the terminals I am flying into but I think you're right, maybe contacting the airline is best. I just wanted to avoid the call cost to India!
    – tda
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 8:21
  • Whether you need a visa depends on your nationality, not on the airline you're travelling with. Since you've not told us your nationality, we don't know if you need a visa or not. Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 8:52
  • Related but not possibly a dup travel.stackexchange.com/questions/7650/…
    – RedBaron
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 9:07
  • @RedBaron IMO it is a dupe
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 9:21

1 Answer 1


Given that the trip is in one booking, you do not need a visa.

As stated by Timatic, the database used by airlines:

Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours

  • Onward tickets can be in their own, separate bookings; and that too will not change this requirement of visa.
    – DavChana
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 13:51
  • @DavChana This is not the case in practice - check-in clerks will generally deny boarding if the connecting flight in not on the same ticket and you don't have a required visa. And almost certainly if you have checked-in luggage
    – Crazydre
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 14:33
  • Ok, but I have travelled DOH->IST->CDG with checked-in, with Peagues on DOH->IST, & AtlasG on IST->CDG,(CDG Visa) with ~6 Hours of Stay at IST, no visa (I need visa to enter Turkey). yes, the check-in agent objected, but when I showed him Timatic Text (same as above), he checked with supervisor, & allowed me to board. & few more. I mean it does not say on Timatic that "bookings need to be same". It just asks "confirmed onward ticket of 24 hour or less transit"
    – DavChana
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 15:36
  • @DavChana Correct, de jure any onward reservation is OK, but de facto it's likely to be a problem. And again, luggage, how did you organise that, or did you go hand luggage only? You must clear immigration in order to collect it. Nowadays they will not normally check through if it's on separate tickets
    – Crazydre
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 15:38

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