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Visa Application Requirements for US citizens
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Indian Crew Visa Requirements for US Citizens:
A passport and visa are required to travel to this destination. Note: The Embassy of India does not issue a "Crew" visa. A Business or Employment visa will be issued to the applicant/crew member.
The Embassy of India does not issue a "Crew" type visa. A "Business" visa may be issued to the applicant/crew member for flights to and from India. In the case of crew flying aircraft within India, an "Employment" visa is required. Please follow the instructions listed under "Business" or "Employment" visa as appropriate for your intended flight operation.
For Flight Attendants or Pilots:
Pilots and Crew members of all Chartered, Private jets, Cargo, Demonstration and Trainers Flights are in the category of Unscheduled Airlines and are treated as Reference cases, needing prior clearance from competent authorities in India. The minimum time required for processing such Visa applications is five (5) weeks. No Visa will be issued without the mandatory clearance. The following additional forms are required:
1) The landing permit issued to the airline or cargo operator by the DGCA (Director General of Civil Aviation) in India
2) A Copy of A999 (Air Operators Certificate) issued by the FAA
3) A copy of ICAO issued by the FAA
4) A Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Government of India to the company's India office
When completing an application for a flight crew business visa the specific job title must be on the application "crew member" is not an acceptable occupation. Please specifically designate Pilot or Flight Attendant in occupation.
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