Effective September 4, 2013, General Aviation crews with the exception of nationals from PRC (Prior Reference Category) countries can once again secure visas or TLP's (Temporary Landing Permits) on arrival into Indian airports. In addition, Indian missions and posts abroad have been authorized to grant business visas to crew of private non-revenue and charter flights within three days of the visa application. These visas will be endorsed on their national passport and not on the crew member certificate. These visa processing times also do not apply to crew who are nationals of a PRC country. Visas for these crew members could take as many as 30 days.
For crew of charter flights who wish to receive their visa or TLP on arrival, the receiving party for the passengers is required to fill in their visa request online. They must then submit a complete crew list along with the printed visa applications and the itinerary to the FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Officers) at least 72 hours in advance of arrival.
Note: The TLP or Temporary Landing Permit should not be confused with the Landing Permit required for the aircraft's arrival. The TLP is the clearance for a crew member to enter India, and is not related to the actual aircraft Landing Permit.
Passenger visa requirements have not changed.
For passengers of the following nationalities, visas with a maximum validity of 30 days can still be arranged on arrival when operating to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai:
All other passengers must have a valid visa prior to arrival into any Indian airports.
Due to an amended Civil Aviation Requirement published on May 9, 2013, most flights should now be able to obtain overflight and landing permits more quickly.
Air Ambulance flights are exempt from permit requirements. However, the following information must be provided prior to overflights or arrivals in Indian territory:
Overflight permission is not required if flying over India’s territorial waters but not the landmass.
The above changes do NOT apply to flights originating from or departing to a Prior Reference Category (PRC) country, arrivals into military fields, air ambulance flights or foreign aircraft staying more than 15 days.
Flights to or from PRC Countries
Special permission and longer lead times are also required for the following operations:
The information provided is based on current information at time of publication and may be subject to change.
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