Foreigners Division 
Ministry of Home Affairs
Government of India


Advance Passenger Information System (APIS)


Notification Dt 24/01/2008

Guidelines to the Carriers


Time Limit for compliance with APIS

Implementing Nodal Officers List

Stabilisation of APIS data 

Gazette Notification dated 24.01.2008 amending the Foreigners Order, 1948 regarding implementation of APIS from 01.04.2008 has been issued. It has been decided to implement APIS Phase-I at 6 International Airports in the country viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Cochin from 1st April 2008. Implementation of APIS at other International Airports shall be taken up in due course.

As per the Gazette Notification, country representative or station manager of an airline, landing in India, shall provide the information in prescribed format about the passengers on board and crew, in electrogov form, within 15 minutes of taking off of the aircraft from the port of embarkation outside India, to the immigration authorities at the ports of landing in India. 

Accordingly, Airline Operators have to furnish the APIS information, in the prescribed format, in a flat file at the destination airports to the immigration authorities from 01.04.2008. It may be noted that non-compliance with the APIS Gazette Notification would attract the provisions of Section 14 of the Foreigners Act, 1946.

Queries/clarifications on the techgoval aspects of APIS implementation may be addressed to apisindia[at]gov[dot]in and on the administrative aspects, they may be addressed to frrodli[at]gov[dot]in. For updates on the matter, please visit the website of Bureau of Immigration (BoI) at