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VISA, DOCUMENTS & TRAVEL TIPS

Visa, Documents and Travel Tips

We are excited about your upcoming trip with us. We promise to make it a happy and memorable one. Before leaving for the airport, please check you have your tickets and documents in place. Also, read Air India’s travel advisory for various airports and cities across India and the world. 

Documents to carry

Documents to carry

Please ensure that you carry all necessary documents including tickets for your domestic or international flight. If you’re flying to an international destination, please carry a valid visa and passport.

What documents should you carry?

Travelling to India

Travelling to India

The Indian government provides information about visa requirements and the online application process. If you’re an Indian citizen travelling to Mizoram, Imphal, Lakshadweep or Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then you will require an entry permit and other permissions to travel.

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Overseas Citizen of India

The Indian government has eased rules for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders travelling to or from India. Find out about the rules and renewal norms that apply to OCI cardholders.

Travelling through multiple airports

Travelling through multiple airports

Are you flying to another country via India? Are you flying from London to Delhi first and then boarding a domestic flight to your destination? Perhaps you’re flying to Delhi first and then to London? If the answer is yes, please read our transit rules. .

Travel to Canada, the US, and Gulf Countries

Before you go, get the details on visa requirements, entry guidelines, baggage allowances, and more.

United States

United States

Gulf Countries

Gulf Countries

Guidelines and regulations by country

Find out country specific guidelines regarding visa, boarding and carrying funds.

Are you planning to carry funds in or out of Australia? 

Here are some pointers you should know:  

If asked by a customs or police officer, report travellers cheques, cheques, money orders or any other bearer negotiable instruments of any amount. Always report if you carrying more than AUD$10,000 or foreign currency equivalent in cash using a form issued by Customs. There is no limit to the funds you can carry in or out of Australia. For more information, visit www.austrac.gov.au

Passengers are not allowed to travel to Iraq without obtaining an entry visa specifically from the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq. Passengers travelling to Najaf, Iraq, are required to secure immigration clearance from Iraqi authorities prior to their commencement of journey. 

Passengers or travel agents are required to send scanned copies of the following documents njfai.oktb@gmail.com at least 72 hours prior to scheduled departure: 

For Individual Passenger 

  • Copy of passport of first, last, page with address detail, ECNR 
  • Copy of visa, stamped on passport or paper visa 
  • Copy of ticket (ITR) where the ticket number is legible. 

For Group PNR 

  • Copy of passport 
  • Copy of ticket of any one passenger 
  • Copy of group visa 
  • Group visa approval number 
  • Group PNR print with names of all passengers. 

Other Conditions: All passengers in the group have to travel together on inbound and out bound else permission is to be sought via email. Our Najaf office will access the above email, and obtain Iraq immigration and update PNR . 

Passengers must check the relevant clearance by contacting AI office or contact centre prior to reporting to the airport at least four hours prior to departure of the flight. 

Visa requirements for passengers travelling between Male and other countries via India 

Foreign nationals travelling between Male and other countries via India must have a visa. The connection involves travel in a domestic sector within India. Those who have a valid visa will be allowed boarding. 

Verify work visa for seamless travel

Guests travelling to Male for work are requested to verify your work visa to ensure a smooth travel experience. This proactive measure minimises potential INAD instances and maintains the highest service standards.

Travel Advisory for Nepal

Are you planning to trek through the Himalayan ranges or visit the majestic temples in Nepal? We, at Air India want you to have an experience of a lifetime. If you are an Indian citizen travelling to or from Nepal, we request you to refer to the guidelines below.

You should carry the following documents:

  • A valid Indian passport.
  • A valid photo ID proof issued by the Government of India/State government/Union Territory administration in India to their employees or election ID card issued by the Election Commission of India.
  • Emergency certificate issued by Embassy of India, Kathmandu.
  • Identity certificate issued by the Embassy of India, Kathmandu. 
  • Persons in the age of group of above 65 years and below 15 years would be exempted from the requirement of approved identity documents mentioned above. However, they must have some documents with photograph to confirm their age and identity such as PAN card, driving license, Central Government Health Scheme card or ration card.
  • Children between the age group of 15 to 18 years may be allowed to travel between India and Nepal on the strength of identity certificate issued by the principal of the school in the prescribed format.
  • If you and your family are travelling together to or from Nepal:  
    a. Any one adult in the family should present all four documents mentioned above.  
    b. The rest of the family members are exempt from presenting the above documents except for a valid photo ID and a document that proves the relationship as a family such as Central Government Health Scheme card, ration card, driving license or ID card issued by school/college etc.

Note:

  • Aadhaar (UID) card is not an acceptable travel document for travel to Nepal.
  • Emergency and identity certificate is valid only for a single journey from Nepal. 
  • Certificate of Registration issued by the Embassy of India in Nepal to Indian nationals will not be accepted when travelling to or from Nepal. 

For the latest information on travel guidelines when travelling to Nepal, visit:

New Zealand’s electronic travel authority  

Passengers are requested to visit  immigration.govt.nz  to check if they need an NZeTA before travelling to New Zealand. The only official way to request an NZeTA is by using the government website or the mobile app. Passengers should not request their NZeTA through any unauthorized third party. 

Passengers travelling on New Zealand or Australian passports and those with a visa do not need an NZeTA. To find out more, visit  immigration.govt.nz/nzeta

Waiver on Flights for Russia

Have you booked a flight ticket to or from Moscow, Russia, but are still determining your travel due to the recent events in the country? Don’t worry. We understand your concern and have come up with a solution. Passengers with confirmed Air India tickets flying in and out of Sheremetyevo - A.S. Pushkin international airport (SVO), Moscow, can make one free change (flight or date) to a new date within the validity of the ticket.

Passengers can apply for a refund free of cost. However, make sure the booking is cancelled for the ticket to be considered a ‘no-show’.

Visa on Arrival 

In order to facilitate and quicken passenger flow, the Immigration Authority of Thailand has requested all passengers to download the visa on arrival form and fill up before arriving in Thailand. Click here to check if you require a visa for your trip. 

Passport and visa requirements

You can cross the UK border using a valid passport which should be valid for the whole time you are in the UK. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for short trips without needing a visa.  

You cannot use an EU, EEA or Swiss national ID card to enter the UK unless: 

  • You have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man’s settlement schemes.  
  • You have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit, or the equivalent from Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man. 
  • Have a frontier worker permit. 
  • Are an S2 Healthcare visitor. 

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals in the groups mentioned can still use their ID cards to travel to the UK until 31 December 2025. They’ll also be able to use them after that date, if the cards meet the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation 

This will also not apply to Gibraltar ID cards issued to British citizens or to passport cards issued to Irish citizens, they will continue to be accepted for travel to the UK. 

Passengers under 18

Thousands of children arrive at the UK border each day, many returning from holiday with family or friends. 

For the safety and welfare of every child, passengers under the age of 18, travelling without a parent or legal guardian, must arrive with written consent as per the UK Border Force. If the child is travelling alone to the UK, a consent form must be signed by both parents. For most recent and additional information visit https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor/if-youre-under-18

Children travelling from the UK

If you are travelling with a child from the United Kingdom, you must get the permission of everyone with parental responsibility for the child or from a court of law before taking the minor abroad. You must carry the consent form, carry a valid photo identification proof (passport or driving license) of both the parents and the birth certificate of the child.

You can also email the consent form with the valid photo identification proof of both the parents and the birth certificate of the child to aitraffic.lhr@airindia.com at least 4 hours before the schedule departure of your flight.  

For more details, refer to https://www.gov.uk/permission-take-child-abroad