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1. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 9y

hi, although i've done a bit of travelling, any connecting flights I've had have always been quite close together, I was just wondering what's the deal with connecting flights with a fair few hours between them? Are you able to leave the airport and then come back? Do you have to re-check in?
The reason I'm asking is because I'm planning on going to New Zealand next year, and one of the flight routes goes via Hong Kong with a few hours in between flights. Was just thinking it would be great to see some of Hong Kong if possible!
I'm sure there is someone out there that can answer my querie!

2. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 8y

Hi,

A friend of mine flew to Australia via Singapore with a connencting flight. She wasn't allowed to wander out of the airport because she wasn't going through immigration - but she did manage to have a look around anyway on a coach tour. This was something I believe she booked in advance, and went straight onto the coach, had a good tour around and then came back. No one was allowed off the coach, but it gave them something to do instead of sitting in the airport and meant they got a bit of a feel for Singapore. Perhaps there is something similar that you could do in Hong Kong?

Hope this helps

Sarah

3. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

I left the airport when i had a few hours in Qatar. Its easy really, just dont head to tranfers, go to passport control. I had to get a day visa first then u just leave like you do normally and wen u come back you check in again. very simple. your luggage will just act as tho you are on a transfer so u dont need to worry about that. Go do it, its better than sittin in an airport.

4. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 8y

ok, thanks, think I will do it, hanging around in airports is the most boring thing ever!

5. Posted by MarkBate24 (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Does that include Mumbai? We're going to be in Mumbai for 12hours flat and we forgot to book transit visas in advance in time - can we get a day visa to explore Mumbai ?

6. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

Quoting MarkBate24

Does that include Mumbai? We're going to be in Mumbai for 12hours flat and we forgot to book transit visas in advance in time - can we get a day visa to explore Mumbai ?

Im not sure about Mumbai but in Qatar I just got the day visa at the airport on the day.

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Quoting MarkBate24

Does that include Mumbai? We're going to be in Mumbai for 12hours flat and we forgot to book transit visas in advance in time - can we get a day visa to explore Mumbai ?

I'm pretty certain you are going to be stuck. A visa website says the following about UK passport holders transiting through India:

Visa not required provided holding:
- confirmed onward ticket for first available connection to a third country. Leaving the airport transit area is not
allowed;
OR
- a PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card; or
- a OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) card.

International transfer facilities are very limited at most Indian airports. Passengers in transit through airports
with limited facilities will need to be escorted to their connecting flight. Please contact carrier(s) concerned to check
if transit is possible.

Non-compliance with transit regulations result in fines for the carrier and deportation of passenger to point of origin on
same or first available flight.

8. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Quoting aimsuk

Are you able to leave the airport and then come back? Do you have to re-check in?
The reason I'm asking is because I'm planning on going to New Zealand next year, and one of the flight routes goes via Hong Kong with a few hours in between flights

If you are holding a UK passport you are able to get a visa on arrival free of charge which has a validity of 6 months in Hong Kong, so you would have no problems leaving the airport heading to town seeing a couple of things and then heading back.

Not sure if you would be able to check your luggage through, I guess that would depend on if your connecting flight is with the same airline.

If you only have a few hours between flights, by the time you got to the city and then the time needed to get back, you'd barely have any time at all actually in the city itself because it is quite a distance in to the actual city. When I went the busy traffic meant that it was over an hour from the airport to Causeway Bay area of the city.