Customs & Immigration Facility:
Surat Airport currently is not an International or Customs Notified(Limited International) Airport. However, Customs and Immigration facility have been arranged time & again on adequate notice for outbound and inbound Non Scheduled International flights & Charter flights.
Taking serious note of the need for International Connectivity and keeping in mind with the new developments at Surat Airport suitable for International operations, the Airport Authority of India has finally approved for 'Limited International' operations and has requested the Central Board of Excise & Customs & Excise to equip Surat Airport as a Customs Facility with the required manpower.
There seems to be a reasonable amount of progress made to this effect, as a secured Customs & Immigration Zone has already been made in the current terminal building itself; suitable enough to handle few International flights & Limited International operations daily on regular basis.
As per the MOU signed between the GoG - Government of Gujarat and AAI Airport Authority of India, it has finally been agreed upon that the GuPo - Gujarat Police will provide the requisite (68 personnel) Customs staff for the functioning of Limited International operations.
CBEC - Central Board of Excise & Customs is yet to make any progress to this effect pending since a year and has not officially declared Surat Airport as a Customs Notified Port for International operations.
Final announcement for the comencement date is yet to be made and is likely to happen only in early 2018.
The Airport Security is currently provided by the Gujarat State Government and the same is jointly served by GPS & SRP.
Passenger security check and the hand baggage screening is done by Gujarat Police (GPS) & in a combined effort the State Reserve Police (SRP), provides all around security of the airport premises on round the clock basis.
Since the airport is operated by AAI, a central government agency, the Airport hence should have already been under the cover of CISF - Central Industrial Security Force, which is the case with most other Airports in India. However CISF cover has remained elusive for various reasons other than technical and financial reasons, even after a decade of operation of the Airport.
Lately, Ministry of Civil Aviation has been contemplating as a policy to cover more Airports under CISF protection; as the central agency is sufficiently staffed, well equipped, & better trained to deal with extreme situations in case of an emergency.
With the recent runway extension, increase in passenger handling capacity, development of secured zone for Customs & Immigration facility and increased daily flight frequency from 4 flights to more than 20 flights and with Airlines seeking night parking facilities for their aircraft, it is now imperative for the airport authorities to get security cover provided by the CISF at the earliest for seamless growth of the Airport.
It is highly anticipated that both of these above facilities are likely to come in effect by the first quarter of 2018
Travel Advisory Note:
Security Check Timings & Baggage Policy:
Please refer to the specific requirements of Airport Security and the Airlines announced by them from time to time and strictly adhere to them.
Gujarat is a DRY State and so is Surat City being in the same state, POSESSION & CONSUMPTION of ALCOHOL is PROHIBITED.
Out-of-State & International Travelers MUST have Authorized PERMITS &/or hold an ID/International Passport to obtain one.
Only after obtaining an Authorised Permit, alcohol then can be procurred in the prescribed quantity from Government Authorised Permit Shops within the City.
For more information contact Gujarat State Prohibition Office, Airlines flying to Surat, Airport Manager, Travel Agent or Indian Embassy, Consulate or Overseas mission.