Airlines to provide passenger information

March 5th, 2008 - 1:04 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The country representative or station manager of an airline landing in India shall provide information about the passengers and crew on board to the Indian immigration authorities from April 1, union Minister of State for Home Affairs Sri Prakash Jaiswal told the Lok Sabha Tuesday. “The information will be provided in electronic forms within 15 minutes of taking off of the aircraft from the port of embarkation outside India to the immigration authority at the port(s) here,” Jaiswal informed the house.

A notification amending the Foreigners Order, 1948, for implementing Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) from April 1, 2008, has been published in the Gazette of India Jan 24, 2008.

As per the notification, details of the passengers viz. name, gender, date of birth, nationality, passport details etc. are to be provided to the immigration authorities. APIS will facilitate expeditious immigration clearance coupled with enhanced security screening of the passengers.

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