Chennai to Colombo International Flight Transfer

#1 Jul 21st, 2017, 11:42
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I land in Chennai on 0745 on a Saturday, and am trying to connect to a flight to Colombo about 3 hrs later (1100).

Do I have to go through India customs before I catch my connecting flight? The flights are with different airlines and booked with entirely different tickets.

Also, do you think it is possible that I could catch an earlier 1000 flight or is that just wishful thinking on my part?

Thanks in advance for your help and counsel as always.
#2 Jul 21st, 2017, 13:40
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Seems wishful thinking as I do believe that you will have to go through the whole thing.
Anyways, there are many out here who could probably help you more adequately with your query!
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Originally Posted by Jared Moya View Post Do I have to go through India customs before I catch my connecting flight? The flights are with different airlines and booked with entirely different tickets.
Entirely different? And not booked as one trip? Then it looks as if you do.

Customs is just a small part of all that. It looks like you will have to go through the entire arrivals process, from immigration, baggage collection, through customs, out the door, and into the arrivals terminal, where you will have to check yourself and your baggage in, pass through emigration, etc etc.

Do you have/need an Indian visa?

It seems weird. But Unless you have booked one through trip, I don't see how else you will get your baggage from one flight to the other.
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Hola Moya, smart as you are, you have neither indicated which airlines, arriving from where, and/or whether you will have checked, or carryon luggage.

It is important in determining whether you can avail of transit-transfer option.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Hola Moya, smart as you are, you have neither indicated which airlines, arriving from where, and/or whether you will have checked, or carryon luggage.

It is important in determining whether you can avail of transit-transfer option.
Doh, yes this information would be of significant help right?

I land in Chennai from Malaysia on Air Asia X with checked baggage and depart on Sri Lanka airlines with same checked baggage obviously.

Sri Lanka was a late addition to my itinerary (extra vacation time). I have a multiple entry India Visa already in hand.
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Originally Posted by Jared Moya View Post Doh, yes this information would be of significant help right?
nycank spends probably-too-much of his life flying around the world and is very familiar with the ways of multiple airlines. To take advantage of good advice, one has to know if the advisor is good. Yep... nycank is good.
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I have a multiple entry India Visa already in hand.
Brilliant. You don't have any transit-visa-or-not worries then.
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Thank as always all.

I think it really comes down to checked luggage. There is no way I can collect my bags without clearing India immigration.
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Likely. If Malaysian air has relationship with Sri Lanka air, they may let you check it through. But long shot unless relationship exists and you have a cooperative check in agent.
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You are flying from LCCT2 on KUL, on AirAsia X which is a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) without interline agreement with any airline. SriLankan is Oneworld.

As of earlier this year, MAA did not have a real transit lounge or a desk. Given this situation, and given that you begin with a LCC carrier, you cannot do a Gatecheck. With two disjointed tickets, one can finesse it provided you have some status on either of the airlines.

Since Sirlanka is an ETA country, re-check-without-pax is not an option. You will have to present yourself for ETA check.

Sorry, Air Asia and MAA are the culprits.
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If anybody cares, need about 2hrs. Do indeed need to clear India immigration and customs and then re-check in for departure/emmigration.

I ended back at the departure gate in about 1:45, but that was with NO hiccups.

3 hours was plenty of time.

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