Generally, people board direct flights to reach their destination country or city. But, in some cases, there may not be a direct flight from your place of departure to your destination place.
In this case, you opt for connecting flights.
This means you fly to an intermediate country called a transit country where you board a flight to your destination. This gives us an idea of a transit visa. A transit visa is required by a transit country where you stop to catch a flight to travel to your destination. It enables travellers to pass through its area. A Transit visa is generally required for travel by air; however, sea and land travellers may also be required to produce a transit visa.
A Transit visa will not allow you to stay back in the connecting country and you are also not allowed to get into the city with a transit visa. One should also keep in mind that a transit visa is not required in all cases. For example, a transit visa is exempted in the below conditions:
● The traveller possesses a diplomatic passport with validity.
● You are a citizen of a country which has a bilateral agreement with the transit country.
● In some countries, a transit visa is not required if the time of boarding the next flight is less than 24 hours.
● You are not intended to leave the transit zone.
● You already carry a valid visa from the transit country.
Procedure to get a Transit Visa:
● After meeting the eligibility criteria one has to fill out the transit visa application form.
● You can also apply for a transit visa even before your trip through companies which offer transit visa services.
● Few countries need the person to apply for a transit visa by visiting their consulate or embassy
Documents Required for a Transit Visa:
● Passport of your country which is valid for up to 6 months. The passport should also have blank pages for stamping purposes.
● Travel health insurance is a mandatory document.
● Identity pictures of your Passport are required.
● Destination country’s visa
● Documented proof of funds etc.