Pakistan makes currency declaration must at air ticket booking

Pakistan makes currency declaration must at air ticket booking

KARACHI: Pakistan has made it must for all international air passengers to declare foreign currency at the time of ticket booking.

The country has taken the decision to comply with the conditions of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for preventing money laundering and terror financing.

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Sources in Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan (CAA) told on Thursday that all the passengers intending to go abroad are required to declare currency at the time of booking the international air ticket.

For outbound flights, airlines may also direct their staff/travel agents to ensure that they provide a copy of the declaration at the time of booking of ticket.

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“At check-in counters, airlines are directed to issue boarding pass only once the passengers have deposited the declaration with them,” according to a statement issued by the CAA.

It further said that Pakistan Customs are required to deploy their staff along with airline staff to supervise/assist the passengers at the dedicated facilitation counter inside the check-in hall.

The airline staff will collect the declarations and hand over the same to the customs staff after the closure of the flight along with the passenger’s manifest.

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For Inbound Flights, airlines are required to ensure in-flight announcement by the flight crew for every inbound flight for submission of subject declaration wherein the passengers will mention the currency under the regulatory requirements of FATF.

The airline crew will distribute the declaration during the flight to all the passengers, irrespective of their nationality. The said declaration will be deposited at the customs counter before the immigration desks at International Arrival.

CAA will provide space and counters for the collection of all declaration forms.

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