· 1. The international Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out all non-Machine Readable Passports(MTPs). From 25th November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny visa or entry to any person travelling with a non-MRP passport.
· 2. All handwritten passports with pasted photos earlier issued by Government of India are considered non-MRP passports. All 20-year validity passports will also fall in this category. The Government started issuing MRP passports since 2001. All new Indian passports are ICAO-compliant MRP passports.
· 3.Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding handwritten passports as well as 20-year passports with validity beyond the 24th November 2015, should, therefore, apply for re-issue of passports and obtain MRP passports well before the deadlinein order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining foreign visa or immigration problem.
- Your passport is a valuable document. It should always be kept either in your own custody or in the custody of a person duly authorised by you.
- The maximum life of an Indian Passport is ten (10) years from the date of issue. Please ensure that you obtain a fresh passport within one year before its expiry, as issue of new passport, after expiry of previous passport, could take a more time.
- Please keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place. In the event of loss or damage of the original passport, its photocopy helps the applicant in providing important passport details, which are necessary to process the application for duplicate passport. Without these details, issuance of duplicate passport may be delayed.
- It is an offence under the Passport Act 1967 to give false information in the application. Passport facilities can be denied on grounds of suppression of factual information, submission of false particulars, willful damage of passport and for making unauthorised changes in the passports.
- Indian nationals please note that children’s names cannot be entered in his/her parent's passport any more. Every child should have a separate passport. For a new born child to be given an Indian passport, he/she must be registered with the Embassy, as an Indian national within one year of birth and obtain an Indian Birth Certificate. If the parents fail to get the registration of the child done with the Embassy, the process to obtain an Indian Birth Certificate and Indian Passport for the child is subject to a different procedure. The Embassy needs to refer the matter to the authorities in India to get clearance as to whether the Embassy can issue the Birth Certificate to the child and the application for child’s Indian Passport can only be processed further when the child has got a Birth Certificate from the Embassy.
If a holder of an Indian Passport acquires nationality of another country, he/she must immediately surrender his/her Indian Passport forthwith to the nearest Indian Mission/Post abroad. Unauthorised possession of an Indian Passport shall constitute an offence punishable under the Indian Passports Act, 1967.
IN ORDER TO RENOUNCE INDIAN NATIONALITY, THE PERSON IS REQUIRED TO FILL UP A FORM AS WELL AS A DECLARATION FORM UNDER THE CITIZENSHIP ACT, 1955. HE/SHE IS ALSO REQUIRED TO SURRENDER THE INDIAN PASSPORT WHICH WILL BE CANCELLED BY THE EMBASSY AND A ‘NATIONALITY SURRENDER CERTIFICATE’ WILL BE ISSUED TO THE PERSON. Click here for the Forms.
All individuals seeking to apply for a new passport are required to deposit the application form and documents in person at the Embassy.