Deportee (DEPO)

A deportee means a person who had legally been admitted to a country or who had entered a country illegally, and who at a later time becomes unwanted in that country and is then formally ordered by the authorities to be removed from that country.


There are two (2) categories of DEPORTEES namely:

  1. DEPU (Unaccompanied Deportee)
  2. DEPA (Accompanied Deportee)

DEPU (Unaccompanied deportee).

An escort is not required if the deportee has been expelled due to administrative reasons, such as: 

  • Lack of working permit
  • Illegal entry
  • Expired visa
  • Canceled or invalid permit of residence
  • Insufficient funds

DEPA (Accompanied deportee).

Each DEPA must be accompanied by at least one escort.  The following categories of deportees must always travel escorted by law enforcing officers or equivalent: 

  • Deportees suspected of, accused of or sentenced for public offenses.
  • Deportees suspected of, accused of or sentenced for terrorist activities or who are members of terrorist organizations.
  • Deportees who are deported on the ex officio request for extradition by another country.
  • Whenever the deporting authorities demand a guarantee that the deportee will reach the destination specified by these authorities.

The carrier should have the right to be informed of the reason for deportation and be entitled:

  • To insist on the deportee to be accompanied by a representative of the deporting country, with the ticket at the applicable fare being provided for such representative by the deporting authorities, or
  • Not to accept the deportee for carriage on their services.

No carrier is obliged to assume the responsibility that a deportee reaches the destination specified by the deporting authorities.


Max number on the airline’s flights







Children under 16 years of age traveling together with an adult, family or group are not considered for the number of deportees. 

In case the number of DEPA and/or DEPU exceeds the maximum number, the airlines’ Security Department will determine special conditions for carriage. 

Travel Arrangement 

As a rule, the authorities of the country ordering the deportation pay the outbound carriage for such a person.

For the acceptance of deportee for the flight, the following conditions shall be met: 

  • Reservation for carriage has a mandatory SSR
  • Confirmed reservation for the entire journey on the operating carrier.

On the deportee’s ticket, the code “DEPA” or “DEPU” is entered after the name of the passenger.


In addition to general check-in instructions, the following is necessary:

  • When a deportee is escorted, his escort is allotted the seat immediately adjacent to the deportee. The station manager will downgrade the DEPA passenger and his escort if the appearance of the former may not be accepted in the class of travel concerned. Regardless of the tariff paid and the class of reservation obtained, the DEPA passengers who made or are charged for criminal acts will be allotted seats in the last row of the tourist class.
  • Insert, for dispatch of PSM, if data, not present SSR code DEPA or DEPU.
    • In the endorsement box of the ticket (non-automated station)
    • In the Departure Control System (DCS – automated station)


Deportees shall board the aircraft before other passengers and as discreetly as possible. Otherwise, they shall be treated with the same courtesy as all other passengers.

Deportees who physically resist deportation at the time of check-in and boarding or who due to their behavior are believed to be a hazard to aircraft, crew or passengers shall be refused transportation.

The pilot-in-command and the chief cabin attendant of the flight shall be notified with NOTOC of the presence of a deportee.

The PIC has the final authority to refuse a deportee in any doubtful case.