India Permit and Visa Changes

India’s Civil Aviation Authority has reinstated the availability of crew visas on arrival (also known as Temporary Landing Permits) to correspond with relaxed permit lead times for most flights


Read the Civil Aviation Requirement

Crew Visas

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.

Passenger Visas

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:

  • Finland
  • Luxembourg
  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam
  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • Singapore
  • Indonesia
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand

All other passengers must have a valid visa prior to arrival into any Indian airports.

Permit Lead Times

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.

  • Overflight and Technical Landing Permits – lead time shortened from three business days to one business day
  • Landing Permits for Traffic Purposes – lead time shortened from seven business days to three business days

Air Ambulance flights are exempt from permit requirements. However, the following information must be provided prior to overflights or arrivals in Indian territory:

  • Name of patient(s)
  • Doctor’s name
  • Hospital details
  • All other crew and passenger details

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

  • Overflight and Technical Landing Permits – still requires lead time of three business days
  • Aircraft Landing Permit for Traffic Purposes – still requires lead time of seven business days

Other flights that require special permissions

Special permission and longer lead times are also required for the following operations:

  • Landing Permits for arrivals into Naval bases – lead time of 20 business days
  • Landing Permits for arrivals into Air Force bases – lead time of 30 business days
  • Aircraft seeking to stay in India more than 15 days – requires special permission from the Government of India
  • Aircraft registered in a ICAO non-member state - requires special permission from the Government of India
  • Flights with aircraft capable of air-dropping - requires special permission from the Government of India
  • Flights doing aerial photography or geopolitical surveys - requires special permission from the Government of India

Information required for standard permit requests

  1. Purpose of flight (i.e. Private, Charter, Head of State, Cargo, Ambulance, Relief)
  2. Request type (Overflight, Technical Landing, or Landing for Traffic Purposes)
  3. Route of flight including Indian FIR entry and exit points
  4. Complete itinerary of the proposed flight to include the following:
    • Dates and times for all legs
    • Airport of last departure prior to entering Indian airspace
    • Any domestic legs within India (if applicable)
    • Airport of first landing after leaving Indian airspace
  5. Aircraft Details to include the following:
    • Type of aircraft
    • State of registration
    • Aircraft registration
    • Telephony designator (Flight number/Callsign)
    • Is the aircraft capable of airdropping? Yes or No
    • Is the maximum certified passenger seating capacity of the aircraft more than 30 seats? Yes or No
    • Is the maximum payload capacity of the aircraft more than 3 metric tonnes? Yes or No
    • Is the aircraft is fitted with ACAS-II/TCAS-II? Yes or No
  6. Name and nationality of the Pilot in Command
  7. Aircraft Operator details to include the following:
    • Operator name
    • Nationality
    • Address
    • Phone and fax numbers
    • Aircraft operators certificate number (if applicable)
  8. Flight details to include the following:
    • Number of crew
    • Number of passengers
    • General description of the goods carried (if any)
    • Any arms, ammunition, radioactive material or dangerous goods? If so, a copy of the DGCA permit will need to be included with the permit application
  9. Any special equipment like aerial photography, remote sensing cameras, night vision cameras on board? If so, a copy of the DGCA permit will need to be included with the permit application
  10. Number of passengers or metric tonnes of cargo to be uplifted from and offloaded in India
  11. Charterer details to include the following:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Telephone and fax numbers
  12. Travel or cargo agent in India to include the following:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Telephone and fax numbers
  13. Certified statement that all of the information given is correct.
  14. Signature of company representative along with the date, printed name, and address
  15. Company seal

The information provided is based on current information at time of publication and may be subject to change.
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