Dubai: Immigration authorities in India has decided to do away with disembarkation or landing forms for Indian air travellers.
An official told Gulf News that ‘the advance information system is being introduced from July 1 and is likely to be fully functional at all airports by September 2013’.
Under the new system, NRIs (non-resident Indians) and resident Indians flying home to India, will not have to fill disembarkation forms, nor will the immigration officials waste time going over the details and make the passengers wait, the report said.
The official said that passengers’ details will be sent digitally to the destination airport approximately 15 minutes after a flight takes off from any country.
He added that this will reduce time spent at the immigration counter and allow passengers to leave the airport faster, the report said.
Dr BN Shetty, Deputy Director General, National Informatics Centre (NIC), said that ‘the system is already in place and they can implement it as soon as the government announces it. The ministry of home affairs and the bureau of immigration are closely involved in the project.
An NIC official said that the ambitious project was planned about two years ago, adding that they have been steering government departments at the federal and state levels to adopt new technologies in line with several foreign countries, as these ensure both speed and transparency.
The disembarkation cards contain information, including name, sex, date of birth, nationality, passport details, occupation, final destination and purpose of visit, which is already available with the airline, the report said.
Since many passengers fill up the forms illegibly resulting in delays at the immigration counters, these serve practically no purpose and rather result in further delay, as officials begin to correct and re-enter names or passport details, it added.
According to the report, even the security agencies said that the system would be a major boost in controlling crimes.