New Delhi: Filling up departure (embarkation) cards will not be mandatory from July 1. A notification issued by the ministry of external affairs on June 14 seeks to discontinue the departure cards for Indian passengers’ at all international airports across the country.
However, filling of departure cards will continue at rail, seaport and land immigration checkposts.
The move is aimed at making the immigration process a breeze-through experience for Indian passengers at the airports.
Moreover, doing away with the departure card is also part of the various reforms being introduced to ensure paperless travel.
Currently, Indian passengers flying to foreign countries are supposed to fill in details such as name, date of birth, date of boarding, flight information, address and purpose of visit. The departure card will be kept by the immigration authorities after being stamped.
Earlier, the government had on March 2, 2014 discontinued filling up of arrival (disembarkation) cards by Indians.