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India Visa Requirement

Visitors to India mush obtain a visa from an Indian diplomatic mission unless they are from a country which has visa-free travel provision to India. India offers visa-free entry to the citizens of Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives (for 90 days). Travelers having an Overseas Citizens of India document or a Person of Indian Origin Card are also exempted from obtaining Indian visa. 
The Indian government, in order to give a massive boost to the tourism industry of the country, has introduced policy of e-Tourist Visa from November 2014. The Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) facility has become operational for the citizens of 40 countries. The list of 40 countries also includes the countries which have visa-on-arrival policy. However, the list of the 40 countries were further expanded to 113 countries in August 2015. 
The policy of e-Tourist Visa started on 15 April 2015 extends this facility to the citizens of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and many more.  The citizens of Japan can also avail the facility of visa on arrival since 1st March 2016. 
The application for e-Tourist Visa has to be applied at least four days in advance of the date of arrival to India. The visa is valid for single entry and offers a maximum stay of 30 days from the date of arrival. The visa can be obtained twice in a calendar year and cannot be extended. The fees of eTV are divided in four slabs of zero, USD 25, USD 48 and USD 60, depending on nationality, and includes a bank fee of 2.5% of the visa fee. As of now, the e-Tourist Visa allows arrival at the 16 international airports located in Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchi and Varanasi. 
Please note, the visa policy of a country is subjected to change. Visit the nearest Indian diplomatic mission in your respective country or check with the website of Indian Visa for more updated information.

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Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Chennai International Airport

Chennai, India

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About Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of both the United Arab Emirates and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which is the largest Emirate of the seven Emirates. Abu Dhabi lies on the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Peninsula. The city of Abu Dhabi itself is on an island about 250m from

the mainland. It is connected by three bridges, Maqta, Mussafah and Sheikh Zayed Bridges. This city has a very high average income and, therefore, the city is a large and advanced metropolis with rapid development and urbanisation.

About Chennai

Chennai, which used to be known as Madras, is a city in India. The name was changed on July 17th 1996 due to the trend of using less Anglicised names in India. It is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It lies on the Coromandel Coast and is the largest cultural, economic, and educational centre in the south of India. It was rated as the safest city in India by the Quality of Living Survey. Chennai has had its fair share of natural disasters. On 26th December 2004 a tsunami hit the coastline of Chennai, killing 206 people. In 2015 devastating floods killed 269 people.

About Abu Dhabi Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport was completed in 2010. It has two runways, three terminals and the airport code AHU. It lies just over 30km east of Abu Dhabi city covering 8,500 acres. Many Etihad flights leave from here as it is the airport where it is based. Currently another terminal is being built at the airport, expected to be completed in 2017.

About Chennai Airport

Chennai International Airport, covering 1283 acres, is the fourth busiest airport in India with 15.3 million passengers travelling through it a year. It is spread across the suburban areas of Meenambakkam, Pallavaram and Tirusulam. This airport has the standard facilities that you would expect at any international airport such as baggage trolleys, which are free of charge, foreign money exchange counters and tourist information counters. There are many places to eat, including restaurants, cafes, snack bars and restaurants. Duty free shopping is available, selling locally made goods, as well as a bookstore and newsagent.

Transport from Chennai Airport

Various public and private transport is available to and from the airport. Just outside the airport is the local train, called the Tirisulam. Trains leave every 20 to 40 minutes. If buses are more your style, outside the airport gates, which is quite a long walk, there is a bus stop which will take you into the centre of Chennai. More conveniently, taxis can be hired outside the terminal. Tickets can be booked from the counters in the arrivals area of the airport.

Weather in Abu Dhabi

Sunny blue skies can be expected for most of the year in Abu Dhabi with an average of approximately 10 days of rain a year, totalling in 57.1mm. The average temperature for the year is 27 degrees Celsius but this varies from month to month. The lowest average month, January records an average temperature of 18.8 degrees Celsius, while the warmest month, August, records an average of 35.3 degrees Celsius. Humidity varies between 55% and 68%.

Weather in Chennai

Chennai has a tropical wet and dry climate as is lies on the thermal equator. May and June have the hottest temperatures of the year where temperatures can soar up to 45 degrees Celsius although they usually fall within the 38 degrees Celsius to 41 degrees Celsius region. The coolest part of the year is in January. However, the minimum temperatures during this time usually only fall to 19 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. The city gets most of its rainfall from north east monsoon winds. These come from October through to December bringing up to 407.4mm in November. There is an average of 11 to 12 rainy days in this month.

Things to do around Abu Dhabi Airport

The most obvious place to go close to Abu Dhabi Airport, while waiting for your Abu Dhabi Chennai flight is to Yas Island. There you will discover many activities. There is Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Mall, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and Yas Marina Circuit where you can be a passenger while a professional driver takes you around the track at great speeds. There are also venue tours here for those less adventurous of us. There is a beach on Yas Island where you can cool down or a golf course if you are feeling a little more active. While still in the airport you may like to go to Tosa Spa to be pampered after a long flight.

Things to do around Chennai Airport

If you are looking for something to do in close proximity to Chennai airport, there are a many alternatives. There is the Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple, Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple or St. Thomas Mount National Shrine if you are after something cultural. All of these are within 2km from the airport. If you need some pampering, the 02 Spa is less than a kilometre away. Basant Nagar Beach is approximately 10km away if you need to cool down from the heat. Elliot’s Beach is slightly closer. Guindy Snake Park is worth a visit and only 6km from the airport.

Hotels near Abu Dhabi Airport

Conveniently, the Aerotel and Premier Inn Hotel are located at the airport with connections to the terminals. Other options outside the airport include Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate, Tulip Inn Al Sharia or Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.

Hotels near Chennai Airport

There are a number of hotels near Chennai Airport depending on your budget and level of comfort and services required. Some famous names include Hilton Chennai, Hyatt Regency Chennai and Radisson Blu Hotel GRT Chennai. For the more budget conscious, Hotel Ammu Palace, Just Guest House or Bell Hotel – Chennai may do the trick. All of these are close to the airport for your convenience.

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