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I am traveling to India from Athens on Aegean Airlines and transiting in Kuwait for the onward flight on Kuwait Airlines. The layover is about 4.5 hours.

Do I need a transit visa? How will I collect my checked luggage from Aegean Airlines. Will the staff provide help if the baggage counter is after immigration?

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As you need leave the sterile area to collect and recheck your luggage, you do require a visa, as you would have to go through Immigration.

When you say staff, if you mean airline personnel, no, but there are fee-based meet-and-greet services which can be booked in advance. In that case, you would be able to remain airside and Transit Without Visa, according to Timatic:

TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Holders of onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours. In case of transit connections beyond 8 hours, passengers must remain airside and be accommodated in the airport transit hotel.

The Kuwait Ministry of the Interior notes that

A transit visa, valid for a maximum stay of 7 days, can be obtained from a Kuwait Consulate abroad or from a Port Authority in Kuwait. The fee is KD 2.

In Athens, the Kuwaiti Embassy is at Marathonodromou Street 27, Palaio Psychico.

  • Huh. So for layovers over 8 hours you need to stay airside, but shorter layovers let you pass through immigration?? – Henning Makholm May 7 at 3:32

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