Monday, November 16, 2020

Air India asks passengers to complete pre-flight registration before reaching airport

Dubai: India’s national carrier Air India has issued an advisory to travel agents regarding pre-flight registration of passengers from the UAE to India and ticket validity of visitors and tourists from India to the UAE.

As per the advisory, a copy of which has been obtained by Gulf News, Indians flying home from the UAE have been asked to complete the pre-departure registration procedures before heading to the airport. All passengers to India are required to register their details under the Air Suvidha initiative, which is available on the website of New Delhi Airport. According to the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, all travellers to India should submit a self-declaration form on the online portal at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel or physically upon arrival at the respective health counters.

They should also give an undertaking to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in India, through the airlines concerned, before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo institutional or home quarantine or self-monitoring of their health for 14 days, as warranted.

Air India has clarified that the advisory to finish these procedures prior to reaching the airport of departure from the UAE was issued to prevent passengers crowding at the airports to do last-minute registration. At least one airport in the UAE has instructed the airlines to ensure passengers finish pre-departure documentation formalities prior to reaching the airport, airline officials said. Passengers crowding to fill up the registration forms at the departure terminals can violate social distancing protocols meant for preventing the spread of COVID-19, they pointed out.

“We have informed the travel agents to convey this message to the passengers. We have also requested them to help blue-collar workers, who may not have a smartphone or internet facility, to complete the online procedure,” said an official. “Specific pre-registration documentation is required to be completed by the passengers prior to departure. All passengers to please complete the pre-registration requirements well in advance (well before arriving in the airport terminal),” the advisory stated.

16/11/20 Sajila Saseendran/Gulf News

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