New Delhi: If you plan to take an international trip, you should take note of the latest rule that requires aircraft operators to share your travel information with the government. Now, airlines must provide all travel-related details of passengers who will be entering and leaving India at least 24 hours before their flight departure time.
Each aircraft operator is now required to register and provide passenger details in a prescribed format to the National Customs Targeting Center-Passenger (NCTC-P) “no later than twenty-four hours prior to departure time; or at the time of departure – departure,” according to a notification from the Central Excise and Customs Board, cited by ToI.
Aircraft operators who fail to provide this data can be fined a minimum of Rs 25,000.
The CBIC, which is under the Union Ministry of Finance, published a notice in the Official Gazette on Monday, August 8, titled “Passenger Name Record Information Regulations, 2022”, which came into force on the same day.
“Passenger Risk Analysis”
The flyers’ international travel details will be shared with the CBIC-established agency, NCTC-P, to conduct a “passenger risk analysis.” This will serve 2 purposes – firstly for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of offenses under the law; and secondly, for law enforcement agencies and ministries, as required, in India and abroad.
What details will be shared?
International flyer travel information will include details such as PNR; date of reservation and ticket issue; information available on frequent flyers and benefits (such as free tickets, upgrades); all available payment/billing information (such as credit card number); travel itinerary for a specific PNR; travel agency/travel agent.
Passenger details will also include “split/divided information (where a PNR contains a reference to another PNR)”; ticketing information, including ticket number, one-way tickets; baggage information; seat number; any advance passenger information collected that is initially captured by an air carrier in its PNR, such as passport number, date of birth and gender) and any historical changes to the PNR,” the notification reads.
If the flyer’s name registration information relates to an offense
“Where Passenger Name Record information relates to a violation, under any applicable law, domestically or internationally, the NCTC-P may share relevant information on a case-by-case basis with other law enforcement agencies. law.or government departments of India or any other country.…subject to maintaining the same level of confidentiality of information and protection of information and safeguards…of other law enforcement agencies or government departments of India or other countries must, when seeking information, specify the purpose for which such information is sought,” he added.
While stating that the information received “will be subject to strict observance of confidentiality and protection of information”, the notification specified that the processing of Passenger Name Record information revealing a person’s race or ethnic origin, opinions policies, religion or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, state of health, sex life or sexual orientation, are not permitted.
In addition, to prevent any misuse of Passenger Name Record information, the latest notification provides for an independent and in-depth audit of the system and a security audit on an annual basis.
Abhishek Jain, partner of KPMG India (indirect taxes), told ToI: “The responsibility to collect and share this information in a timely manner lies with the airline operators. Furthermore, although strict privacy guidelines have been stipulated under the said regulations, the government should ensure that they are duly enforced to prevent unauthorized use.”