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New Delhi airport launches fast-track immigration scheme

Passengers push luggage trolleys in the departure area of ​​Terminal 3 of New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. document

Passengers push luggage trolleys in the departure area of ​​Terminal 3 of New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. File | Image source: Reuters

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday launched the Fast Immigration Trusted Traveler Program (FTI-TTP) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. This measure aims to make immigration procedures faster, smoother and safer and may alleviate crowding at immigration counters.

Mr Shah said the scheme, which will be launched at 21 major airports, will assist Indians and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) from other countries. Apart from New Delhi, the first phase of the initiative has also been launched at Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi and Ahmedabad airports.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the scheme will operate on electronic gates or automated border gates, minimizing human intervention during entry and exit checks, and will be implemented in two phases. The first phase will cover Indian citizens and OCI cardholders, while the second phase will cover foreign travellers. The program aims to make international travel easy and safe by developing world-class immigration facilities and providing expedited immigration pathways for international travelers through automated gates.

FTI-TTP will be implemented through an online portal, and the Immigration Department will serve as the nodal agency to provide fast immigration channels for all types of travelers under the plan.

To join the scheme, applicants must register online on the portal and provide details and documents. After necessary verification, a “trusted traveler” whitelist will be generated and implemented through the electronic gate.

“The biometric information of trustworthy travelers will be collected at the Alien Registration Office or when registered travelers pass through the airport. TTP registration is valid until the passport is valid or five years (whichever is earlier) and will be renewed thereafter.

Under this process, registered passengers can scan their airline-issued boarding pass at the electronic gate to obtain details of their flight as soon as they arrive at the electronic gate. Passports will be scanned and passengers’ biometric information will be verified at the electronic gate. Once the passenger’s identity is established and biometric authentication is completed, the electronic gate opens and immigration control is deemed approved.

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