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|Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:41 am Post subject: No departure cards for Indians flying abroad from July 1
From July 1, flyers won’t have to fill departure forms
Jun 20, 2017
Indian flyers headed for foreign destinations will not be required to fill up departure cards starting from July 1, which means one fewer formality before boarding the aircraft.
However, those travelling out of the country via rail, sea ports and land immigration check-posts will have to fill the embarkation card, according to an order issued by the home ministry.
"It has been decided to discontinue the practice of filling up of the departure card by Indians at all international airports with effect from July 1, 2017," the home ministry has said in the order.
The departure card contains passenger details such as name, date of birth, passport number, address in India, flight number and date of boarding.
"The same information (about the passengers) is available in the system from other sources," the home ministry order said, explaining the rationale behind the discontinuation of departure cards.
The requirement for Indians to fill up arrival cards upon their return from abroad was done away with in 2014. These steps are among several taken of late to facilitate both international and domestic travel.
Last year, the customs department did away with the need for Indian passengers to fill up a declaration form while coming to India if they were not carrying dutiable goods. However, those carrying prohibited and dutiable goods are still required to fill up an 'Indian customs declaration form'.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), mandated to secure airports in the country, has also started doing away with the practice of tagging and stamping of domestic passengers' hand baggage.
The practice has already been done away with at Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.