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Passport/Visa

Passport/Visa

All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document with a valid visa. A visa is required for most nationalities, with the exception of Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives (if not arriving from mainland China). The visa has to be requested through an online application, and the instruction for filling in the application and for scheduling appointments can be seen at the visa department's website. Be aware that a visa can only be acquired via this online application, and without any intermediary – do not follow agents who claim speedy/express grant of e-Visa.
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Airport

Airport

Chennai International Airport is located 7 kilometers south of Chennai, and getting to and from the airport is easy given its taxi, bus and train connections. Pre-paid taxis can be ordered from the airport arrivals terminal to Chennai’s Egmore district. The suburban railway network also serves the airport via the Tirusulam station, which is located a short walk opposite the airport’s main international entrance. The travel time to Egmore Station in central Chennai is about 40 minutes. The Metropolitan Transport Corporation also provides bus services from the airport into Chennai. Be careful when leaving the airport, as there are many beggars and taxi drivers who will offer to carry your luggage or offer you transport, and it is easy lose sight of your baggage in the crowds.
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Public Transport

Public Transport

Chennai’s extensive bus service, with more than 3 000 buses on more than 600 routes that carry some 4 million people every day, is an efficient way of getting round the city, but services can get very crowded. In addition to the bus network, there are also vans that are run like bus services on many routes in the city, called Maxi Cabs. Chennai also has a suburban railway network, connecting the suburbs with the city centre, and the airport south of Chennai with the city.
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