passengers will come under scrutiny of customs a day before the board the
flight under the new customs regulations that came into force on august 8th
has made it mandatory for airlines to share international passengers’ details
with the customs department citing ‘risk analysis’.
The decision was taken on august 8th.
The Central Board
of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said that every airline is now required to
provide Passenger Name Record (PNR) details to the National Customs Targeting
Centre-Passenger (NCTC-P) no later than 24 hours before the departure time.
said this is being done with an aim to prevent, detect, investigate and
prosecute offences under the Customs Act.
name record information will include details like PNR, date of reservation,
benefit information (like free tickets, upgrades) and an issue of ticket as
well as frequent flyer.
The details will also contain payment or billing
information, travel itinerary and the travel agency.
With this move,
India has now joined the list of other 50 countries that also collect PNR
details of international passengers. CBIC also
stated that a penalty of Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 will be levied in
case an air operator does not comply with the mandate.
It has also been
clarified that the passenger information collected by customs will be subject
to strict information privacy and protection, in accordance with the applicable
law. ‘The PNR details will be retained for a maximum of five years,’ the
gazette notification read.