What is a transit visa and why should you pay attention to it?
In February of this year, a couple from UK won a lawsuit against a travel agency after being prevented from boarding a cruise in the US for not having entry permits. One of the vessel’s stops would be in Canada, where a visa for INDIANS is mandatory. They claim that they were not informed of the need for the document. The fact is that, like the entry visa, the transit visa also requires a lot of attention from the traveler. Many people feel that only authorization is required for the final destination, when in fact, you also need to get the document for stopovers or stops on cruise ships.
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So, below, we’ll answer some questions about the transit visa and avoid having inconveniences on your next international trip:
What is a transit visa?
As the name implies, a transit visa is a document that authorizes a foreigner to enter a certain country for a few hours, such as a connection at the airport, for example.
It is required by some countries, such as the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan, but other destinations allow it to stay for up to 72 hours without the need for this document.
It is also worth noting that, in the case of a transit visa, the traveler cannot leave the airport to take a walk, as many people do on longer stopovers.
How to get a transit visa?
Getting a transit visa is usually simpler and cheaper than visas for tourists, as the risks of someone using the document to immigrate illegally are much lower. The exception is the US, which requires the same steps as an entry visa. The tip in this case is to get the normal American visa right away, because the issuance fee is the same for both documents.For Parents Visa Consult here
To obtain a transit visa, you must have your airline tickets and, if necessary, an entry visa for the final destination. Therefore, don’t leave everything to the last minute — or speed up hiring a visa advisor.
What if I don’t have this type of visa?
In this case, you will not be able to board the plane or the cruise, as happened with the couple mentioned above. Therefore, always check the stops of your trip and see if you need an entry visa for INDIANS citizens.
Remembering that there are exceptions like China, which allows INDIANS to stay up to 72 hours in the country without the need for a visa. Therefore, always check with the airline or travel agency about all documents necessary for the trip.
Does Canadian eTA replace the transit visa in Canada?
In parts. INDIA has an agreement with Canada that allows entry into the country using the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). But not everyone is able to take Canadian eTA.
Only those who have a valid US visa or those who have taken a Canadian visa in the last ten years are entitled to obtain a travel authorization.