“I’m transiting, yes, but I’m also taking an intra-India flight to do so. I hadn’t thought about this when booking or so confidently explaining my situation to the gate agents. I looked through the information in the booklet on the flight, and it explained that some flights were transiting internationally (with XYZ flight numbers), but some were considered domestic (with other ABC numbers). My ongoing flight was ABC. Uh oh.
I arrive to Delhi, and sure enough, someone does think further of my situation. There is a man directing people to either immigration or sterile transit (no customs needed for a transfer). He looks at my flight number on my next flight and points to customs. ‘So you see, that’s not going to be possible…’
So instead, I ended up in a room full of people who also made visa fuck-ups and were awaiting deportation.
In the end, Air India eventually came through for me and got me on a direct flight to KTM. Huge props to them.”