a) General guidelines
- Applications for all services are received in the Consular Wing of the High Commission of India, House No 2, Road No 142, Gulshan-I, Dhaka, Bangladesh from Sunday-Thursday, 1000-1300 hrs. The High Commission also remains closed during Government holidays.
- Application forms should be filled in fully, legibly (in capital letters), accurately with black/blue ink only and submitted with the passport. 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 unauthorized changes in the passport. Incomplete/incorrect applications, applications with inadequate fee and the fee not paid in the prescribed manner will be returned without service.
- Fees charges for various services may be seen in the fee schedule.
- Passport is a valuable document. Always keep the passport in your own custody or in the custody of a person duly authorized by you. Passport should not be sent out of the country of residence by post. If lost or destroyed, the fact and circumstances should be immediately reported to the nearest Indian Mission and the local police. Please keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place. Without these details, the issue of a duplicate passport may be delayed.
- If you have acquired Bangladeshi citizenship or citizenship of any other country, please surrender the Indian passport to the High Commission of India, Dhaka / nearest Indian Mission, Post (whichever is applicable). The Indian passport is returned to the applicant after cancellation. The cancelled Indian passport should be kept in safe custody as it may be required at the time of applying for Indian visa for the first time, etc.
b. Issue of New Passport on expiry
An application for a new passport can be made before six months of expiry or within one year of the expiry of the passport. Following are the requirements for issuing a new passport:
- Duly completed application form filled in BLOCK LETTERS in expanded form using black/blue ink only (Application Form for an Indian Passport)
- Two latest identical passport size photographs depicting applicant's front pose with light background;
- In cases, where the passport has already expired for more than one year, the applicant should submit an affidavit stating reasons for delay, and may have to appear personally, if required by the Consular Officer;
- Supporting proof(s) of residence for the permanent address in INDIA as mentioned in the passport or in the application form (photocopy of lease agreement/utility bills, viz landline telephone bill, electricity bill, water, gas connection bill)
- Alien Status (photocopy of BD Visa/work permit);
- Current Passport;
- Fee (see fee schedule)
- Applicants applying for new passport are to submit a photocopy of marriage certificate, in case, the name of their spouses have not been included in their respective passports.
- Every child should have a separate passport. The applicant should complete formalities as applicable for the issue of a new passport as mentioned earlier. The child has to sign or put a thumb impression (as applicable) on the application form which should be duly counter-signed by the parents or legal guardian. In addition, a declaration is to be submitted duly signed by the parents. The validity of such a passport (for children under 18 years) will be for 5 years only. If the child's name has been endorsed on mother's passport, then the mother also has to fill in a miscellaneous service form requesting deletion of a child's name from her passport. If the child is born in Bangladesh , the original birth certificate and parent's passports with a photocopy of each are to be submitted with the application form.
(If the application is found to be correct and no prior reference is required to be made to the original Passport Issuing Authority, the passport will be processed /issued within the normal period which may take 2-3 weeks time)
c) Duplicate passport (in lieu of lost/damaged passport)
Following documents are required:
- “Application from” (one copy);
- Copy of Police report or complaint number with date;
- Three photographs (front pose with light background);
- Fee (see fee schedule);
- In case of student, letter from school /college is required.
- Photo copy of the previous (Lost) passport;
- An application on a plain paper giving reasons for the loss of the passport.
d. New passport on completion of pages
Now on completion of pages in the existing passport, a new Passport booklet is issued and the old passport is returned to the applicant in case it contains valid visas, etc. For this service, the procedure applicable for the issue of a new Passport as mentioned above to be followed.
e.Change in name/appearance, change in date/place of birth, etc.
For change of name/surname in the passport, the changed name has first to be advertised in a daily newspaper, both in Bangladesh and India (circulated in the area of your permanent and present residence). Original newspaper clippings and a Court Order issued by a judicial officer not below the rank of first class magistrate in India or an affidavit by the applicant are required to be submitted. Apart from this, remaining process is the same as for issue of a new passport.
For change in surname after marriage/divorce, original and a copy of the marriage/divorce certificate, photocopy of spouse's passport need to be submitted. Remaining process is the same as for issue of a new passport.
In case there is significant difference in the present appearance of the applicant than in the passport (infant/child, Turban/beard, etc.) an affidavit and two witnesses certifying that the person is same as appearing in the old passport needs to be submitted. Remaining process is the same as for issue of a new passport.
Application for change in date of birth/place of birth is entertained only when it is accompanied by a court order issued by a judicial officer not below the rank of first class magistrate in India. Remaining process is the same as for issue of a new passport.
f. Emergency travel document [Emergency Certificate]
An Emergency Certificate (one-way travel document) which authorizes an Indian citizen to enter India, is issued to individuals who have lost/stolen/damaged their passports and to whom new passports cannot be issued without approval from India. This document is issued primarily with the objective of ensuring the applicant's return to India in an emergency. Applicant should fill an application form as prescribed for the issue of a new passport (Application form for an Indian Passport) with copies of GD entry for lost or stolen passport and come for a personal interview. Fee charged for issue of Emergency Travel Document may please be checked in the fee schedule.
g. Miscellaneous services
a). Change of Address in the Passport: Proof of change of residential address, e.g. Telephone bill, voters ID Card, Bank Passbook; ration Card
b). Inclusion of Spouse name in the Passport: Proof of marriage.
[Fees charges for various services may be seen in the fee schedule below]
h. Indo-Bangla Passport
Indo-Bangla Passport(s) have been discontinued. Hence, services in respect of Indo-Bangla passports are no more provided.
i. Deadline for Machine Readable Passports
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 (MRPs). 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 deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining foreign visa or immigration problem.
4. For more details related to passport services, Passport website (www.passportindia.gov.in) or the National Call Centre (toll free number 1800-258-1800) may be accessed.