July 1, 2005

Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) is an automated system capable of performing database queries on passengers and crewmembers prior to their arrival in or departure.

According to the official Government Gazette notice (G.S.R. 158 (E) dated 07 March 05, the requirements on the Indian captains of airlines or masters of vessels, as of 1 October 2005, are that they are required to provide information about the passengers and crew within 15 minutes of arriving or departing India.

Clients are advised that there are about 67 immigration check posts (ICPs) in the country at 22 airports, 30 land ports and 15 sea ports.

The Bureau of Immigration controls these posts at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Amritsar, Wagah and Attari. The hardware to provide expeditious immigration clearance has been upgraded at Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore airports and work was in the process of completion at Kolkata, Mumbai, Goa, Trivandrum, Cochin, Kozhikode, Ahmedabad airports.

Passport reading machines are to be installed at Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata, as also in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Cochin and Kozhikode in a phased manner.

The officers are currently undergoing training and as a result, delays may be likely.