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Consulate General of India

General Information about Passport

1. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has phased out all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) and hand written passports from 25th November 2015 onwards. Foreign Governments may deny visa or entry to any person travelling with non-MRP passport. All Indian citizens who are holding non-MRP passports are advised to apply for re-issue of passports and obtain MRP passports to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining foreign visa or immigration problem.

2. A separate passport must be obtained by every individual. A child's name can no longer be endorsed on a parent's passport.

3. 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 now. You are required to apply for re-issue of passport every time your passport pages exhaust.

4. Indian citizens travelling on passports which may expire in less than six months should renew their passports before any upcoming international travel. Many countries deny visas or not allow entering their countries if passport validity is less than six months.

5. All applicants are advised to renew their passport 1 year before the Expiry Date of their existing passport. For example if the passport is expiring on 08.02.2025, the application can be submitted any time after 08.02.2024. Please do not wait till the last moment for this exercise.

6. An ordinary passport is valid for 10 years from the date of issue. Minors are issued passport for 5 years or upto attaining 18 years, whichever is earlier.

7. Your passport is a valuable document. It should always be either in your own custody or in the custody of a person duly authorized by you. Passports should NOT be sent out of the country of residence by post.

8. Frequent travellers are advised to scan all pages of their passport, visa, resident permit etc and store them on their personal USB flash drives, external hard drives, laptops or on their email address for easy access in case of lost or misplaced travel documents.

9. Only the residents falling under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Munich (i.e. Bavaria and Baden Wuttenberg) are eligible to apply for new/reissue of passport through our website. This service is not rendered to Indian nationals who are on visit visa or business visa or any short term visa. The applicants need to have valid work permit or resident permit of Germany.

10. It is an offense under the Passport Act, 1967 to give false information in the Application. The passport application prepared by an agent or somebody else on your behalf is not an excuse for wrong information in Passport. It is your responsibility to check that all information provided in the application is factually correct before submission. Passport facilities can be denied on grounds of suppression of factual information, submission of false particulars, willful damage of passport and for making unauthorized changes in the passports.

11. It is an offence to hold more than one valid passport at a time.

12. Passports are printed in New Delhi and these are received by the Consulate by courier. While all efforts are made to issue passport in shortest possible time, the whole process may take several months depending on Police Clearance process. Mission is not providing Tatkal passport services. All applicants are therefore, advised to submit their passport applications at least two months before the date of travel to avoid any inconvenience.

13. If passport is lost or destroyed, the fact and circumstances should be reported immediately to the nearest Indian Mission and the local police.

14. The Indian Constitution does not provide for Dual citizenship and accordingly, it is illegal for a person to possess a valid Indian Passport once he/she has acquired citizenship of another country.

15. If you have acquired foreign citizenship, please surrender the Indian passport in the Consulate. The Indian passport is returned to the applicant after cancellation and a Surrender Certificate will be issued. The cancelled Indian passport and Surrender Certificate should be kept in safe custody as it may be required at the time of applying for OCI Card.

16. The information given in these pages are not exhaustive but provides general guidelines only. The Consulate reserves the right to ask for any other original document at any stage and these documents are required to be presented for scrutiny and satisfaction of the Consulate before rendering any service.

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