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Marc De Smet

"I like all the possibilities this network offers to me: From finding information over my new dentist to meeting other expats in my free time."

Anja Tarasov

"Chennai is an amazing, dynamic and bustling city, but I felt so lonely not having any friends here. Now I know many other expatriates."

Get Connected to Our Expat Community in Chennai!

Namaste, and welcome to the Chennai expat community! InterNations is a platform designed to ease your transition into life in a foreign land, offering a reliable point of contact to address the issues that may arise. InterNations will help to guide you through your first weeks of getting to know Chennai. We're stronger together, and every voice, including yours, helps to build a resource useful for new and established expats living across the world. We think we have most of your first questions covered; log in and have a look at the common questions and answers we've already addressed, relating to healthcare, social customs and culture. Whether you're asking "Does Pammal have good transport links?", "How safe is George Town?" or just "What VISA will I need?", our network is an excellent place to start, with a wealth of information and a community of experienced expats ready to advise you. Feel at home quickly in Chennai with InterNations. Settle into the culture and into your role as an expat, absorbing the warm, vibrant setting, from the sprawling markets to the spectacular Bay of Bengal.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Abu Dhabi or Khobar (Eastern Prov.).

Join Our Exciting Events in Chennai

Attend our monthly events and activities for Chennai expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our Chennai Expat Guides

  • Moving to Chennai

    Will you be moving to Chennai soon? As an expat, you’ll need to know the practical issues involved in this endeavor. Read on in the following guide for detailed explanations of visa requirements and residency permits, as well as how to get around in the city.
  • Living in Chennai

    Living in Chennai will place you in the heart of a bustling Indian city. This can be a shock for some expats, as the Indian way of life is completely unique. This InterNations guide will introduce you to the city’s culture, as well as the more practical issues of housing and education in Chennai.
  • Working in Chennai

    Chennai has made a name as a commercial center. Working in Chennai will thus place you in the hub of India’s economy. The following guide will give you an overview of Chennai’s economy and tell you about the healthcare, tax, and social security options for expatriates.

Exchange Tips about living in Chennai

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Chennai expat forums.

Find Out More About Life in Chennai

Chennai calls itself a metropolis, and it remains true to this as you delve into its heart. A city on the rise, Chennai is a cultural and economic hub built on the foundations of ancient Indian tradition. A center for the automobile industry, economics, social reform, tourism and culture, Chennai is a world leader, impressing the jaded palettes of longtime expats, and welcoming newer additions warmly. Whatever brings you to the city, you're bound to find plenty to keep you here. It's good to know that you won't go hungry or cold here; temperature averages rarely dip below the mid-20s during the day, and the city has received acclaim in recent years for its much improved dining opportunities.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Shanghai or Amsterdam, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Connect to Other Expats in Chennai With InterNations!

At InterNations, we care about our users. That's why we're careful when we select members, always being guided by our core principles. Amongst other things, InterNations provides new expats with a friendly face, making values such as trust, reliability and general friendliness entirely non-negotiable. This safe environment allows you to take a little piece of home everywhere with you. It's safe to assume that if you have a burning question to ask, you're not the only one. From pragmatic concerns to tips about where best to eat, posing a question should start you on the road to finding your solution. We also help to link up expats in the real world. In Chennai, we have a Women's group, an Arts and Culture group, and a Coffee Club among others. These groups will help you to form networks wherever you find yourself.

Marc De Smet

"I like all the possibilities this network offers to me: From finding information over my new dentist to meeting other expats in my free time."

Anja Tarasov

"Chennai is an amazing, dynamic and bustling city, but I felt so lonely not having any friends here. Now I know many other expatriates."

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