I did a month lengthy to India and had a combined expertise for a 2 hour flight layover I had in Dublin. It was the return leg of my journey and I used to be going from Mumbai to New York. I attempted to seize a finances flight deal that I made by means of Kiwi.com. I received a deal there which was costing me ~$400 cheaper.
They make you’re taking a number of layovers and take no duty about your visa and transit at every location. However they make it fairly clear and even spell out all areas so you already know the place you may have to get a visa for.
For my flight I used to be going Mumbai > Dubai > Prague > Dublin > New York.
(An everyday priced flight would have had only one layover.)
I maintain Indian citizenship with a US visa so I solely needed to fear in regards to the transit international locations.
In my head I used to be considering this is able to be like making a visit for your self with no agent and therefore I might save $400. Reserving with kiwi supplies sure advantages like they determine the flights for you with cheap layover occasions and provide “Kiwi assure” which covers for meals/keep/flights in the event you miss any flight in your journey for causes outdoors your management.
I began taking a look at rules for Indian nationals for transiting in UAE, Czech Republic, Eire.
UAE was simple as a result of they provide visa on arrival for Indian nationals with a USA visa. So if I needed to I may keep there for a couple of days and I did not have to pay/apply for something until I received there.
Czech Republic requires Indian nationals to get an “airport transit visa” which would not let me enter the nation however I may transit from some airport within the nation. (I’m not certain how they’d truly implement this). Nevertheless US visa holders are exempted from the transit visa so I may transit there however not keep with out making use of for something.
Eire permits Indian nationals to transit with out making use of for something however cannot keep there with out making use of for a visa.
This info was collected by checking every embassies web site and emailing their embassies which was a giant tedious activity with some “official misguidance” which I am going to preserve for another put up as a result of that is already too lengthy.
As a result of it is booked from Kiwi I’d’ve needed to recheck my baggage in any respect stops if I had any checked in baggage. However would not must cope with that if I used to be solely carrying cabin baggage. So I deliberate on solely taking cabin baggage together with my laptop computer bag.
I began off on my connection of flights from Mumbai and at Mumbai, workers from the primary airline – Jet airways – checks my passport for visas. I defined my case for not needing a visa on the layover airports and that man received it. He helped out a little bit additional by checking my cabin baggage limitations on every flight. I had adequate limits for me to get to Prague however stated I might have bother for Prague – Dublin flight as a result of it was a Ryanair flight and so they do not provide cabin baggage (solely “one small merchandise”) of their my ticket class. This info was in all probability written on the Kiwi deal however I should have ignored it.
I took my flight to Dubai and thought I am going to attempt to improve my ticket class which was going to be €30. I reached out to Ryanair the place they stated I want to supply the e-mail handle to let me do this. However since I booked with Kiwi they use their e-mail handle to make the reserving and refused to offer that. To improve by way of Kiwi they want a 2 day prematurely request. The airline workers in Dubai – Fly Dubai – additionally verified my visa necessities and had been denying at first however then let me on after making some name and checking one thing.
At Prague I realised I won’t be capable to take the cabin bag so I transferred no matter I may from that bag into my laptop computer bag and wore a couple of additional layers. I put expendable stuff into the cabin bag and determined to ask on the gate if I may improve from there immediately. If not pay baggage payment/dispose.
The Prague to Dublin flight received delayed and my subsequent flight out of Dublin was in 2 hours after touchdown. However due to delay it received diminished to 30 minutes. Whereas checking my visa in Prague they realised I won’t be capable to make the connecting flight. After some dialogue amongst themselves they determined I’d simply be capable to make it if I did not take any test in baggage. In order that they let me take my checkin bag as cabin bag.
I reached Dublin however missed the subsequent flight. I made a declare for the kiwi assure and so they fulfilled it in cheap time. They provided an alternate flight. My subsequent flight out was the subsequent day and so they put me up in a pleasant lodge close to the airport. I received to see a little bit little bit of Dublin within the time there and the folks had been very nice (which was very completely different from the embassy interplay).
Took that flight and received to my vacation spot subsequent day.