The federal government has started the implementation of one of the major requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) regarding the currency declaration by inbound and outbound international passengers.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has made it mandatory for all international passengers coming to or moving out of Pakistan to fill out currency declaration forms and hand them to the airline staff.
The passengers will be required to disclose all types of domestic and foreign currencies on the currency declaration form which must be filled out before check-in for the flight.
CAA representatives also explained all the clauses of the currency declaration form to the staff members of all domestic and international airlines during a meeting held on Monday.
The aviation authority has also directed all airlines to ensure the availability of currency declaration forms at all of their ticket booking offices as well as to set up special counters to receive these forms.
According to the official statement issued by the CAA, with reference to the federal government’s instructions conveyed by CAA regarding the submission of customs declaration (including currency declaration) by all inbound/outbound international passengers, a meeting had been chaired by Chief Operating Officer/APM and participated by all airlines, and ground handling agencies to discuss the subject instructions.
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.
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. At check-in counters, airlines are directed to issue boarding pass only once the passengers have deposited the declaration with them. 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.
CAA will provide space and counters for the collection of all declaration forms. The above instructions are effective immediately.