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Chennai transit advice

Old Dec 20, 14, 5:07 pm
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Chennai transit advice

Hi

I am arriving at chennai at 17:30 from South east Asia on airasia leaving next day at 5:30am to london on BA.

Will I have to obtain a visa if staying at a nearby hotel or can I transfer within the terminal and recheck bags?

Any assistance appreciated
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Old Dec 20, 14, 6:56 pm
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Old Dec 20, 14, 8:53 pm
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Chennai transit advice

As far as I know, yes, will need a visa. Would check with your embassy, but I don't know of a 24 hr transit rule in India like there is in some countries. Also, even to collect and recheck bags will probably need one since that is on other side of immigration.

Hopefully someone will correct me if they know other information.
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Old Dec 22, 14, 4:14 am
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Originally Posted by iain2012 View Post
Hi

I am arriving at chennai at 17:30 from South east Asia on airasia leaving next day at 5:30am to london on BA.

Will I have to obtain a visa if staying at a nearby hotel or can I transfer within the terminal and recheck bags?

Any assistance appreciated
i assume this is on 2 different tickets....if so then without a visa you will definitely have problems getting your bags checked onto your ba flight....

if you want to stay at a hotel then you will need to get a visa....
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Old Dec 22, 14, 4:22 am
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There is a transit visa available (if you're not eligible for VOA) but the rules for it are slightly odd, and, from experience, it confuses both consular staff and immigration officers. It does save you money vs a tourist visa, but check you have the paperwork to hand on arrival, check the time windows for application (which are fairly short) and be prepared to be patient as they ask a supervisor for help...

There is a near zero chance that Air Asia will check luggage through to BA. And you may well face problems reentering the terminal in the early evening for a morning flight.
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Old Dec 22, 14, 4:32 am
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UK citizens don't qualify for the the new ETA scheme, so you have to go thru the hoops of applying for a transit visa. NewbieRunner just got one without any issues.
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