and Minicoy Islands to allow entry, exit from India
Delhi: Agatti and Minicoy, two small islands of Lakshadweep,
have been designated as authorised transit point for entering
and exiting India by the Home Ministry.
has an area of 3.84 square kms, whereas Minicoy is spread
over 4.80 sq kms.
lies near one of the busiest shipping routes and is about
130 km from the northern-most island of the Maldives.
central government hereby designates Agatti and Minicoy Islands
in Lakshadweep Union Territory as an authorised Immigration
Check Post for entry into or exit from India with valid travel
documents for all classes of passengers," a notification
issued by the Home Ministry said.
has also appointed Superintendent of Police (SP), Lakshadweep
UT, as the "Civil Authority" for the Immigration
Check Post located at Agatti and Minicoy Islands with effect
from June 30, 2015, it said.
Ministry officials said the two new immigration check points
will help easy access to ships, mainly luxury cruises, to
India. "It will take less time for them to enter or exit
India after their operationalisation," a ministry official
are 82 Immigration Check Posts all over the country catering
to international traffic.
of these, 37 are functioning under the Bureau of Immigration,
while the remaining are being managed by the state governments
addition, there are 12 Foreigner Regional Registration Offices
(FRROs) in major cities - Delhi, Mumbai Kolkata, Chennai,
Amritsar, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Calicut, Kochi, Trivandrum,
Lucknow and Ahmedabad.
are 11 Chief Immigration Officers in Goa, Jaipur, Gaya, Varanasi,
Nagpur, Pune, Mangalore, Trichy, Coimbatore, Bagdogra and
Guwahati. At remaining places, District Superintendent of
Police or the prescribed authority functions as FRO to facilitate