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Passenger list message

This message is available for formal trial for at least six months from the date of approval by UN/ECE/TRADE/WP.4.

Organisations are invited to trial this message. Comments on the results from the trial should be forwarded to their Rapporteur's Team Secretariat as soon as they are available. Based on the results of the trials, a UNSM may be issued.

The segments, composite data elements, data elements and codes for use in the trial of this message are contained in the Draft directory. However, this information may differ from that in the Standard directory (UNTDID), even for material having the same identifying tags.

Message Type:PAXLST
Contr. Agency:UN
SOURCE:Australia/New Zealand EDIFACT Board

Passenger list message
  2. SCOPE
    1. Functional definition
    2. Field of application
    3. Principles
    1. Data segment clarification
    2. Data segment index (alphabetical sequence)
    3. Message structure
      1. Segment table

For general information on UN standard message types see UN Trade Data Interchange Directory, UNTDID, Part 4, Section 2.6, UN/ECE UNSM General Introduction

This message also occurs in the following versions of this standard:
D93A, D94A, D94B, D95A, D95B, D96A, D96B, D97A, D97B, D98A, D98B, D99A, D99B, D00A, D00B, D01A, D01B, D01C, D02A, D02B, D03A, D03B, D04A, D04B


This specification provides the definition of the Passenger list message (PAXLST) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1.1. Functional Definition

This Passenger List Message (PAXLST) permits the transfer of passenger/crew data from a Customs, Immigration or other designated authority in the country of departure to the appropriate authorities in the country of arrival of the means of transport.

Where national privacy legislation permits, and with the agreement of all parties involved, this message may also be exchanged between carriers and Customs, Immigration, Police or any designated authorities.

This transfer of data may occur upon departure from the sending agency and prior to arrival of the vessel/ flight at the receiving agency. This is to permit the designated authority at the place of destination to screen this data and take timely decisions related to the clearance of passengers and crew.

The transfer of data may also occur prior to departure, carriers may transmit passenger listings to customs and immigration for pre-arrival clearance.

Endorsement of this message by the Customs Cooperation Council does not necessarily mean endorsement by national Immigration or Police authorities, nor does it place any obligations on parties to apply the message.

1.2. Field of Application

This message may be applied for international passenger movement and is not dependent on the mode of transport.

1.3. Principles

It is envisaged that the message will:

(a) facilitate the clearance of low risk passengers/crew.

(b) allow Customs, Immigration or police authorities to more effectively and efficiently concentrate resources on areas of highest risk.


See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.6 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 1.


See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.6 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 2.


4.1. Data Segment Clarification

This section should be read in conjunction with the Branching Diagram and the Segment Table which indicate mandatory, conditional and repeating requirements.

The following guidelines and principles apply to the whole message and are intended to facilitate the understanding and implementation of the message:

  • Where a choice of code or text is given only the code element should be used wherever possible.
  • Data that is not necessary to meet the functional requirements of the message should not be included.
  • Free text information within the message should be avoided as this inhibits automatic processing.

0010 | UNH, Message header

A service segment starting and uniquely identifying a message. The message type code for the Passenger list message is PAXLST.

Note: Passenger list messages conforming to this document must contain the following data in segment UNH, composite S009:

Data element0065PAXLST

0020 BGM, Beginning of message

A segment to indicate the type and function of the message.

0030 RFF, Reference

A segment to specify message reference.

0040 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to specify associated dates/times as required related to the message.

0050 Segment Group 1: NAD-CTA-COM

A group of segments to specify name/address, person or department in the originating administration who can provide further information about the data in the message.

0060 NAD, Name and address

A segment to identify the name, address and related function.

0070 CTA, Contact information

A segment to identify a person or department in the sending administration to contact.

0080 COM, Communication contact

A segment to identify communication numbers of departments or persons to whom communication should be directed (e.g. telephone/fax number).

0090 Segment Group 2: TDT-DTM-SG3

A group of segments to indicate information related to each leg of the mode of transport.

0100 TDT, Details of transport

A segment to specify details of transport related to each leg, including means of transport, mode of transport name/number of vessel/vehicle/flight.

0110 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to specify associated dates/times as required related to details of transport.

0120 Segment Group 3: LOC-DTM

A group of segments indicating associated locations and dates.

0130 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment to specify locations such as place of departure, place of destination, country of ultimate destination, country/place of transit, country of transit termination, etc. of a passenger/crew.

0140 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to specify associated dates/times as required related to locations.

0150 Segment Group 4: NAD-ATT-DTM-MEA-GIS-FTX-LOC-SG5

A group of segments to indicate if passenger or crew member, personal details (name, title, sex and marital status), date of birth, attributes such as height, hair and eye colour, and other related details.

0160 NAD, Name and address

A segment specifying name of the passenger or crew member.

0170 ATT, Attribute

A segment specifying passenger's/crew attributes such as complexion and build.

0180 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to specify date of birth.

0190 MEA, Measurements

To specify physical measurements, (e.g. height).

0200 GIS, General indicator

A segment to specify indicators such as risk assessment.

0210 FTX, Free text

A segment specifying other related passenger/crew information (e.g. ticketing information).

0220 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment indicating country of nationality, country of birth and port/place of origin (embarkation), transit and destination (disembarkation) of a passenger/crew.

0230 Segment Group 5: DOC-DTM-GIS-RFF-LOC

A group of segments to indicate the travel document details, date and time, reference, place/location identification.

0240 DOC, Document/message details

A segment identifying passenger/crew travel documents, such as passports, visas etc.

0250 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to specify associated dates/times related to documents.

0260 GIS, General indicator

A segment to specify processing indicators, such as document holder, alias, endorsee etc.

0270 RFF, Reference

A segment to specify document reference.

0280 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment indicating the country that issued the document.

0290 CNT, Control total

A segment specifying control totals such as the total number of passengers/ crew members in the message.

0300 AUT, Authentication result

A segment to specify the results of the application of an authentication procedure, including the authenticity of sender to ensure integrity of data.

0310 UNT, Message trailer

A service segment ending a message, giving the total number of segments in the message and the control reference number of the message.

4.2. Data segment index (Alphabetical sequence by tag)

ATT Attribute
AUT Authentication result
BGM Beginning of message
CNT Control total
COM Communication contact
CTA Contact information
DOC Document/message details
DTM Date/time/period
FTX Free text
GIS General indicator
LOC Place/location identification
MEA Measurements
NAD Name and address
RFF Reference
TDT Details of transport
UNH Message header
UNT Message trailer

4.3. Message structure

4.3.1. Segment table

├─UNH Message header ×1 (M)
├─BGM Beginning of message ×1 (M)
├─RFF Reference ×1 (C)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 1 ×5 (C)
├─NAD Name and address ×1 (M)
├─CTA Contact information ×1 (C)
└─COM Communication contact ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 2 ×10 (M)
├─TDT Details of transport ×1 (M)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×1 (M)
└─Segment Group 3 ×99 (C)
──├─LOC Place/location identification ×1 (M)
──└─DTM Date/time/period ×5 (C)
├─Segment Group 4 ×99999 (M)
├─NAD Name and address ×1 (M)
├─ATT Attribute ×9 (C)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×9 (C)
├─MEA Measurements ×9 (C)
├─GIS General indicator ×5 (C)
├─FTX Free text ×5 (C)
├─LOC Place/location identification ×25 (C)
└─Segment Group 5 ×5 (C)
──├─DOC Document/message details ×1 (M)
──├─DTM Date/time/period ×5 (C)
──├─GIS General indicator ×1 (C)
──├─RFF Reference ×1 (C)
──└─LOC Place/location identification ×1 (C)
├─CNT Control total ×1 (C)
├─AUT Authentication result ×1 (C)
└─UNT Message trailer ×1 (M)

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