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India introduces a trusted traveler scheme to expedite immigration processing.
July 9,2024

India introduces a trusted traveler scheme to expedite immigration processing.

India has introduced a program for expediting the immigration process at airports for pre-approved Indian nationals and individuals of Indian origin who hold Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards. The Fast Track Immigration-Trusted Travelers Program (FTI-TTP) was inaugurated by Home Minister Amit Shah at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. This service will be provided at no charge to all passengers, according to Mr. Shah.

To register, eligible individuals will need to apply online and submit their biometrics (fingerprint and facial image) as well as other necessary information as outlined in the application form, officials explained. They also mentioned that in the next stage, the program will include foreign travelers.

According to officials, eligible people must apply online and provide their biometrics—a fingerprint and a picture of their face—along with any other information requested on the application form in order to be registered. According to them, the programmer would also handle international tourists in the second phase.

Following verification, a trusted traveler whitelist will be created and sent into automated border gates, or e-gates, to reduce the need for human interaction during the immigration clearance procedure. The registration can be renewed once it expires, and it will remain active for as long as the passport is valid, which might be five years.

The United States has provided support in setting up the facility. The then-UPA government originally brought up the idea in 2013.

The GMR Group owns the Delhi airport, and as part of this procedure, it has installed eight electronic gates in Terminal 3 (four for arrivals and four for departures) to enable fast-track immigration. The airport stated that the number of counters can be raised in response to demand.

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