Thursday, September 06, 2018

In Saudi Arabia, crew of airlines won't need to deposit original papers

New Delhi: Crew of Indian carriers operating flights to Saudi Arabia will no longer need to deposit their original travel documents like passports on arrival in the country and then face the risk of detention there later, thanks to a Jet Airways commander. Saudi will now take their fingerprints on arrival and departure to complete immigration formalities and allow them to retain passports.
While Saudi had been retaining crew passports for a long time, last July the crew of an Air India flight to Jeddah had been detained during random checks for documents while travelling in the city. They were released after the airline intervened and told police the crew did not have original documents since the same had been retained at the airport on arrival. After this, Jet Airways' commander Captain Ravi Chander Rajan raised the issue with the government and also moved Delhi HC.
06/09/18 Times of India
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