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PUBLIC ADVISORY

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 Indian citizens living in India and abroad are advised to apply for urgent re-issuance of their passports in the following cases:-

(i).    HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From the 25th November, 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.

The Government of India has been issuing Machine Readable Passports since 2001. The Passports, however, issued before 2001 and particularly those issued during mid 1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. All handwritten passports with pasted photographs are also considered non-MRPs.

By the end of November 2014, it is estimated that there are approximately 2.86 lakh handwritten passports in circulation. Approximately 6 crore Indian hold valid passports.

Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding such passports with validity beyond the 24thNovember, 2015 are advised to apply for re-issue of their passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or international travel.

(ii)    PASSPORTS VALID FOR LESS THAN SIX MONTHS

Many international travellers may not realise that having an unexpired passport is sometimes not enough to obtain Visas or to enter certain foreign countries. Indian citizens travelling on Passports which may expire in less than six months should renew their passports before any upcoming international travel. It is especially important to check the passports needs of any minor who may be accompanying their parents as passports for minors have a shorter validity period (5 years) than passports for adults (10 years). The universal practice in vogue now is; “Once your passport crosses the nine-year mark, it is time to get new passport”.

(iii)   EXHAUSTION OF VISA PAGES

Some countries do not accept passports which may have fewer than two pages remaining. Please check your passport to ensure that you have enough visa pages. There is no provision of additional booklets/pages and you will be required to apply reissuance of passport following standard procedures. Frequent travellers may opt for Jumbo Passport containing 64 pages.

2.     All Passport Issuing Authorities have instituted a simple and fast-track procedure for renewal of passports. For more details related to passport services, website – www.passportindia.gov.in – or the National Call Centre      (1800-258-1800 – Toll Free) may be accessed. Indian citizens living abroad should visit the website of respective Indian Mission/Post.

Issue of Passport and Miscellaneous Consular Services for Indian Citizens

The High Commission of India has now introduced the Online Registration Form for  Indian nationals seeking Passport Services. The procedure would now enable the Indian nationals residing overseas to obtain Printed Passports.

Please read carefully and follow the given guidelines

  1. Click the button below ‘Apply Online Now’ to open the form online.  Confirm the passport category type you wish to apply for based on your individual situation. (New, Lost, Damaged etc,.)
  2. Complete the application online.
  3. Note the registration number for future use.
  4. The website may provide you with an appointment time ignore this.
  5. Print out the form.
  6. Sign in all boxes as required, within the box.
  7. Ensure photos are as per specifications. Incorrect photos may be rejected by the Ministry and result in your application getting delayed.
  8. Submit the documents ( Forms, Checklist and Supporting documents) by post/ in person or representative to the High Commission Office.

Apply Online Now

Sample of Online Application and Help with Fields




 

Or Download Application Forms here

Passport Application Form
Passport Application Documentation detailsAn Indian Passport can be renewed anytime between one year before and six months after the actual date of expiry.The application forms for r-issue of Indian passports and for the issue of new passport booklets are same. The requirement of photographs is as follows: three recent passport size colour photographs on white background. All applicants for passport services are required to show their Botswana Resident Permit and Work Permit at the counter. Passports of non- resident visitors can be extended only after obtaining clearance from the original passport issuing authority. A Passport is an important document. It should be kept up to date by renewing it in time. Its loss should be reported immediately to the local police authorities and the High Commission.

Duplicate Passport

The issue of Duplicate passports in lieu of lost or damaged passports is handled under a special procedure, which can be ascertained from the Consular Section.

Miscellaneous Passport and Consular Services

Download Application Forms here

Miscellaneous Service Application Form
Miscellaneous Service Documentation details
Declaration Form 
Affidavit for change of name after marriage

All applicants for miscellaneous passport and consular services are required to fill up a “Miscellaneous Service” form and submit their passport along with a copy of first and last page of their passport and resident permit.

For Change of Name after marriage, the applicant is required to enclose the original marriage certificate with one photocopy, sworn affidavit giving married and maiden name, passports in original and photocopies and a joint photograph.

 

TIMINGS

Applications at the counter are accepted between 09:00 hrs and 12:00 hrs on all working days (Monday to Friday). Applications for Miscellaneous services are normally processed and delivered same day evening between 1600 hours and 1700 hours.

FEES

All fees are to be paid in Pula at the counter. Fees once paid cannot be refunded, even if the application is withdrawn or the service refused for whatever reason.

As per Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India orders, the revised fee rates w.e.f. 07.02.2017 for Passport and miscellaneous consular services are as follows:-

SI.No. Service Fee in Pula
1. Regular Passport – 36 pages – 10 years validity

800.00

2. Regular Passport – 60 Pages (Jumbo) – 10 years validity

1,090.00

3. Minor’s Passport – 36 pages – 5 years validity

560.00

4. Replacement for Lost/Damaged Passport – 36 Pages

1,620.00

5. Replacement for Lost/Damaged Passport – 60 Pages

1,890.00

6. Emergency Passport – 36 Pages

2,150.00

7. Emergency Passport – 60 Pages

2,420.00

9. Emergency Certificate

180.00

An Indian national who acquires the citizenship of any other country is required to surrender his/her Indian passport to the High Commission for cancellation and return. It is illegal for Indian nationals to hold two passports.

Miscellaneous Services

SI.No. Service Fee in Pula
1. Police Clearance (PCC)/ Birth Certificate/Marriage Certificate
290.00
2. Attestation of Passport/Driving License/Civil doc. /Power of Attorney (General)
130.00
3. Power of Attorney (Property)
240.00
4. PIO to OCI Card conversion (Up to 30th June, 2017)
20.00
5. Consular Officer solemnizing a marriage and issue of certificate copy there off
560.00
6. Registration of Birth and issue of certificate there off
240.00
7. Attestation of trade/commercial document pertaining to export from foreign country to India etc.
560.00
8. Attestation of trade/commercial document pertaining to export from India to foreign country etc.
240.00


For further information
Please phone 3972676 (Mon-Friday: 0900 hrs to 1200 hours and 1600 hrs to 1700 hrs.)