Air India, India’s former flag carrier now owned by Tata Sons on Thursday issued an advisory to international passengers arriving in the country, informing them that they must now check in their luggage again if they are connecting to a domestic destination in India after arriving at any airport in the country.
This must be done at the first port of entry, regardless of whether the travellers have completed a “thorough check-in” at their origin foreign destination.
The advisory issued by Air India stated that this was done in compliance with regulatory requirements, regardless of through check-in until they arrived at their final destination.
Air India also said that onboard announcements will be made to alert passengers of the policy change.
Air India Advisory For Recheck-in of Baggage
Passengers arriving from international destinations and connecting to a domestic destination are requested to recheck-in their bags at the first port of entry. This is as per the regulatory requirement regardless of through check-in done till the final destination.
Example: Passengers coming from USA Passengers connecting to Jaipur via Delhi are Advisory required to recheck-in their bags at Delhi after clearing Immigration and customs.
This implies that foreign travellers flying to India must now collect their baggage from the international arrival belt at the first port of entry and check them in again at the domestic terminal for their connecting flights.
Air India also said that international passengers arriving in India can contact the airline’s ground staff if they required assistance or support.