India Regulations Update

O/F & LND PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

First, we inform all regulatory authorities involved (Customs, Immigration, Airport Authority of India, Security, ATC) for any flight operation based on the received information in the request.
Upon checking with all above authorities, the landing permission is granted.
Then, they depute their officials accordingly, whereby upon arrival, the crew and passengers have to furnish all required formalities including passport and visa which is physically inspected and authenticated.
Once the officials at immigration agree and are fully satisfied can the crew and passenger proceed.

Landing permit requirements:
In order to apply for landing clearance (technical-stop included ) in any airport in India :
• Annexures ‘F’ and ‘G’ required to be fully filled and duly signed / stamped.
• Crew / Pax Visa confirmation prior to landing in India.
• Please note once Application Submitted with C.A.A with Crew and Pax Details, no addition in Crew / Pax details is permitted.
• In the event of any addition / change to the crew and pax details, a fresh application will be needed to be submitted again.

Crew visa status:
• Currently, no crew visas will be issued upon arrival at any station in India.
• All operating crew need to obtain Indian business visa prior to arrival

Future status of the crew visa.
• As the general aviation industry including private and charter flights is steadily on the rise in India, the Bureau of Immigration is working closely with the Indian DGCA (CAA) and the Ministry of Civil Aviation to make rules and regulations fool-proof and strict in order to avoid any mishaps or threats to the safety of the VIP passenger and crew members.

• For now, along with our sources in India, Palm Aviation would advise all the operators wishing to operate into India to obtain a Business Visa prior to arrival. This would result in avoiding last-minute delays and confrontations with the Immigration authorities.

• To make the process of obtaining business visa simpler, you can mention “Charter Flight Crew Member” in the application which would enhance the prospects of getting the visa much earlier and easily and at times with multiple entries stamped, though it all depends on the embassy of the country of origin / application.

Time required to obtain overflight and landing permits:

Applications for operating non-scheduled flight(s) are required to be submitted in advance with a minimum notice period as follows:
• Three working days for landing permit
• One working day for overflight permit

The minimum notice period requirements, however, may not be insisted upon in the following cases:

• Ambulance flights (name and address of the patient and the doctor to be given in each case);
• Relief aircraft of scheduled passenger airline necessitated due to grounding of aircraft;
• Relief flights in case of natural calamities.

Important NOTAMs which is applicable for planning of non-scheduled flight operations :

VABB:
From 0230UTC to 0430UTC ( No Landing / Take off Permitted for Non Schedule Flight Operation)
From 1200UTC to 1400UTC ( No Landing / Take off Permitted for Non Schedule Flight Operation)
From 1545UTC to 1745UTC ( Take off Permitted but Landing restricted )
From 2200UTC to 2230UTC ( Landing / Take off restricted due to Runway inspection / Maintenance)
The above NOTAM will be in effect until further notice or advised by CAA otherwise.

VAAH:
RUNWAY CLOSED 0430 UTC – 0800 UTC ONLY SUNDAY
The above NOTAM will be in effect until further notice or advised by CAA otherwise.