In 4 days, I am flying from Kuala Lumpur to Cochin, India and 3 hours later, I have a connecting flight with IndiGo to Dubai.

IndiGo only checks in international flight passengers at the airport. Does this mean I have to go through Immigration, just to check in (I know I would need visa)? I have only carry on luggage. Is it possible to check in at the gate or in the airside transit hall?

  • Are you flying on the same ticket or using two separate tickets? If latter, you would need visa anyway as otherwise you won't be allowed to board in KUL.
    – George Y.
    Jun 22, 2017 at 19:12
  • As far as I can find, right now, there doesn't appear to be an airside/sterile transit area in Cochin, meaning you would go through Immigration, and need a visa.
    – Giorgio
    Jun 23, 2017 at 15:18
  • Yeah, i messaged the airlines but they take forever to reply so i applied for the visa. Thanks everyone :)r
    – Tabs
    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:09
  • 2
    After your experience, why don't you answer your own question, with the details? That would be very helpful.
    – Giorgio
    Jun 25, 2017 at 23:33

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As stated in Timatic, the database used by check-in staff:

TWOV (Transit Without Visa): - Holders of confirmed onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours

In practice, for TWOV, check-in staff at most airports require the trip to be in a single booking. With separate tickets, Conchin would count as the final destination to them, whereby you will need at least a transit visa.

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