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?


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?? – hmakholm left over Monica May 7 '19 at 3:32

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