I am really confused. I have two separate tickets, both with AirAsia. First flight is Bombay to Kuala Lumpur, 2.5 hour layover, and connection to the second flight, Kuala Lumpur to Manila.

I believe that when I arrive in Kuala Lumpur, I have to go through immigration to collect my luggage, and go back to immigration to check in my next flight.

In that case, I will need a visa. When I go to Immigration Department of Malaysia website to apply for an e-Visa, it asks for accommodation proof, bank statement and Malaysia address, none of which I have.

I am Indian and having Indian Passport

Another search gave information regarding transit visas, but doesn’t say whether I get it at the airport or the local embassy.

Update: To avoid any issue while travelling, I obtained a Transit Visa from local Malaysian Embassy in Kuwait.

  • We can't help you unless you tell us what country's passport you're traveling with. Aug 9, 2017 at 21:54
  • 2
    Please add your nationality, to help provide an answer. Did you look at AirAsia info to make sure you need a visa? Also, KL has a sterile transit area, meaning you may be able to stay airside. Are you sure your bags won't be checked through?
    – Giorgio
    Aug 9, 2017 at 21:55
  • I am Indian and have Indian passport
    – Milind
    Aug 10, 2017 at 2:35

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To avoid any issue while travelling, I made Transit Visa in local Malaysian embassy


I already traveled, So I can give more proper update.

When I was check-in my luggage at Mumbai international airport I requested ground handling staff to check-in my luggage for Manila flight too and they agreed. They put 3 tag on my luggage

  1. First Mumbai to Kuala Lumpur tag then
  2. Transfer tag and lastly
  3. Kuala Lumpur to Manila tag.

I was safe that time as I got two boarding pass at same time. But unexpected thing happened, my Mumbai flight was late 1 hour for departure due to bad weather and got more late 3 hours.

When I reach Kuala Lumpur I was having only 5 minutes to catch Manila flight but as it was airline mistake they make Manila flight 1 hour late.

They cover 1 hour in Manila flight, but when I reach Manila airport at 13:30, my luggage was missing. When I ask AirAsia luggage security about it, they inform me that my luggage will come at 15:00, but I had to catch domestic flight from another airport at 15:25 and airport was 30-45 min away from international airport so they suggested me that I should carry on to domestic airport other wise I will miss my flight and they will send my luggage to onward station. Next day I call them to check if they send my luggage. They inform me that luggage was already sent same night. I went there to pick my luggage without any issue

Hope this can help someone


Just so you know for the future: as stated in Timatic, the database used by Airlines, there are two Arrangements for visa-free Transit by Indians:

TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Visa required, except for Holders of onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours, arriving at and departing from Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

TWOV requires the trip to be in a single booking, so not applicable to you.

The second Arrangement, which does let you clear Immigration and can be used with separate tickets:

Visa required, except for Holders of a valid visa issued by Australia, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea (Rep.), New Zealand or USA to nationals of India residing in country of nationality holding confirmed onward tickets for a max. transit time of 120 hours, arriving at and departing from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on Malaysia Airlines (MH) or Air Asia (AK). When transit time is longer than 8 hours it is permitted to leave the transit area.

So if you have a valid visa from one of the mentioned countries, and the Connection time is at least 8 hours, you do not Need a visa.

Otherwise, you did the correct Thing by getting a Transit visa

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