According to the classification of Airports Authority of India, the Mumbai (Bombay), Delhi, Chennai (Madras), Calcutta and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) airports have been given the status of international airports and are available for scheduled international operations by Indian and foreign carriers. These airports cater to around 85% of international and 50% of domestic air traffic in India.

New Delhi

The Indira Gandhi International Airport is situated around 20 km from the city center. The normal time taken to reach the airport from the city center is around 20-25 minutes. Buses, taxis, and auto-rickshaws are available to cater to the tourists.

For enquiries, the following telephone numbers are can be contacted:

Pre-recorded arrival: 144
Pre-recorded departure: 145
Reservation: 146, 147
Cancellation: 148
International flight information: +91-011-5622011

Mumbai (Bombay)

The Sahar International Airport is situated around 30 km from the city airport. This airport handles the maximum number of international flights to and from India. It takes around 1 to 2 hours to reach the airport from the city center. Prepaid taxis are available to different parts of the city. From midnight to 5 am, the taxis charge an extra surcharge of 30%.

Airport enquiry: +91-022-6156666

Chennai (Madras)

The Aringar Anna International Airport is situated at Trisoolam in Meenambakkam, 12 km from the city center. It takes around 30 minutes to cover the distance between the city center and the airport. The prepaid taxis charge Rs. 200 from the airport to the city center. Coaches are also available for Rs. 60 from the star hotels to the airport. Auto-rickshaws charge Rs. 120 to cover the same distance.

Airport enquiry: +91-044-2347500

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is located at Dum Dum, about 20 km from the city center. It takes around 30-60 minutes to cover this distance, depending on the traffic situation. A trip to the city center costs around Rs. 200 by prepaid taxis. General and air-conditioned cars are also available on hire. The city coach service costs around Rs. 100.

Airport inquiry: +91-033-5118787


The airport is around 6 km from the city center and 15 km from the Kovalam Beach. Prepaid taxi from the airport cost Rs. 90 to the city and Rs. 190-225 to Kovalam. There are flights to West Asia, Sri Lanka, and Maldives, with connecting flights to other parts of the world.

Airport enquiry: +91-0471-73537


The international airports in the metropolitan cities extend services ensuring that the traveler on business can continue working even during his wait for boarding an international connection, or when transferring between international flights. These facilities include restaurants, business centers, rest rooms and telephone booths. Business centers are furnished with state-of-the-art equipment including word processors and telefax. The airports also offer tourist dutyfree shopping, snack bars, nursery, baby-care rooms, and an art gallery too for art lovers. Dutyfree prices in the airport shops are very competitive, giving one bargains on international merchandise.

All international airports have the requisite facilities like lounges, restrooms, transit accommodation, banks, telecommunication centers, post office, tourist information centers, hotel information, train information, car hire, restaurants, and other services.


Passengers are advised to check in at the airport three hours before the actual departure of their flight.

Arrival Formalities

If the visa for stay in India is for more than 180 days, a registration certificate and residential permit should be obtained from the nearest Foreigners' Registration Office (FRO) within 15 days of arrival. Four photographs are also required for registration. The tourists registered at FRO are required to report change of their addresses. All persons, including Indian nationals, are required to fill in a disembarkation card at the time of arrival.

Departure from India

All persons, except nationals of Bhutan and Nepal, leaving by air, road, or rail, have to fill in an embarkation card at the time of departure.

Exit Formalities

Every foreigner who is about to depart from India must surrender his certificate of registration either to the Registration Officer of the place where he is registered, or of the place from where he plans to depart or to the Immigration Officer at the port/check post of exit from India.

Foreign Travel Tax

Passengers embarking on trips to any place outside India from a customs airport/seaport will have to pay a foreign travel tax (FTT) of Rs. 500 and Rs. 150 on trips to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. Transit passengers traveling by air, who have to leave the airport because of mechanical trouble but have to continue their journey by the same aircraft and the same flight number by which they arrive, are also exempt from FTT.


Visitors are generally required to make an oral baggage declaration in respect of baggage and foreign currency in their possession. They are also required to obtain the currency declaration form from the customs. They should fill in the disembarkation card handed over to them by the airline authorities during the course of the flight.

There are two channels for clearance at the international airports

Green Channel is for passengers not in possession of any dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage.

Red Channel is for passengers with dutiable articles, unaccompanied baggage, or high-value articles to be entered on the tourist baggage re-export form.

Dutiable articles, unaccompanied baggage, or high-value articles must be entered on a tourist baggage re-export form (TBRE). These articles must be re-exported at the time of departure. A failure to re-export anything listed on the TBRE becomes a payable duty levied for each missing item. The following duty-free possessions are permissible-clothes and jewelry; cameras and up to five rolls of film; binoculars; a portable musical instrument; a radio or portable tape recorder; a tent and camping equipment; fishing rod; a pair of skis; two tennis rackets; 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars; 95 liters of liquor; and gifts not exceeding a value of Rs. 600 (about $20).

There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers' cheques a tourist may bring into India provided he makes a declaration in the currency declaration form given to him on arrival. This will enable him not only to exchange the currency bought in, but also to take the unspent currency out of India on departure.


N.B : More information regarding airport entry points in India can be obtained from the Airports Authority of India, Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi 110 003 (Tel: +91-11-4632950, Fax: +91-11-4632990).