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A) Passengers connecting from international to domestic or domestic to international flights at Indian gateway airports

As per the norms, Customs and Immigration Check is required to be completed by all passengers at the First Port (city) of Arrival in India and the Last Port (city) of Departure from India. These are also called Gateway Points. The same is explained below with relevant examples -

  • E.g. A passenger travelling as London-Delhi-Cochin is required to complete customs and immigration checks at Delhi which is the First Port of Arrival into India. Passengers are requested to complete their immigration check as well as customs check of their baggage at Delhi (First Port of Arrival in India). Post customs check, passengers are requested to handover their baggage to Air India staff at Transfer Desk located post customs check points in arrival area and then proceed to domestic departure security checks
  • E.g. A passenger travelling as Cochin-Delhi-London is required to complete customs and immigration checks at Delhi which is the Last Port of Departure from India. Passengers are requested to complete their immigration check at Delhi (Last Port of Departure from India) in the domestic to international transfer area. Passengers’ baggage would be directly transferred by airline staff to next flight being a domestic to international transfer.
  • While airline staff at first departure point would issue boarding cards for onward sectors as well through check-in bags up to final destination, passengers are required to complete formalities as above at First Port of Arrival in India OR at Last Port of Departure from India as applicable.
  • Should you require any further assistance, please feel free to contact Air India Transfer/Check-in Desk.

B) Passengers transiting through India, i.e., arriving from an international origin to an Indian airport and taking onward international flight ex same Indian airport to a third country without exiting airport in India

  • It is relevant to note that passengers can be issued boarding cards up to their final destination and baggage can be through checked-in up to final destination only if their booking is made in one itinerary in one PNR. Passengers with different bookings or tickets for each of the sectors on different airlines cannot be issued through boarding card or baggage cannot be through checked-in.
  • You may remain in direct transit at the terminal or proceed directly to departure area if you hold onward boarding card and if your baggage is through checked-in up to your final destination by the airline staff at your origin of journey. This procedure is also subject to specific Indian airport procedure
  • You are required to possess Indian visa if you do not hold onward boarding card and your baggage is not through checked-in up to your final destination in a third country
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