Every child is issued a separate passport. For applications for passport for a child, it is necessary to submit photocopies of the child's birth certificate, passports of the parents and their marriage certificate. The originals of these documents are also required to be presented before the Consular Officer at the time submitting the application form. Depending on circumstances in each case, supplementary documents may be required to be provided.
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 201. 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 passports services, Passport website (www.passportindia.gov.in) or National Call Centre (toll free number 1800-258-1800) may be accessed.
Government of India
Ministry of External Affairs
(Patiala House, Tilak Marg, New Delhi)
December 23, 2014
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 24th November, 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.
Passport Photo Guidelines
When submitting photos along with passport applications, please pay attention to the following guidelines. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has stipulated certain mandatory specifications for passport photos. Passports with photos that do not match the ICAO specifications are liable to be rejected by foreign immigration authorities, resulting in extreme inconvenience to the passport holder.
1) The image should be 2 inches by 2 inches;
2) The image must have adequate brightness and contrast;
3) The skin tone should be natural. In case of over-exposure or under-exposure of the photo, the skin is either too dark or too light, photo will not be acceptable;
4) It should show a close up of the head and (partial) shoulders;
5) The image should be straight looking, centred with neutral expression;
6) Face should be in sharp focus and clear with no ink marks/creases/lines;
7) The face (from forehead edge to bottom of chin) should be 70 to 80% of the photo or one inch height;
8) The eyes must be open and no hair obscuring the face;
9) Prescription glasses if worn should be clear and thin framed and should not have flash reflection or obscure the eyes;
10) Head coverings, hair, head-dress or facial ornaments should not obscure the face;
11) The photo must have plain light background;
12) There must be no other people or object in the photo;
13) The lighting must be uniform with no shadows on the face or behind;
14) Red eye photos are not allowed;
15) No lines are allowed.
Detailed ICAO specifications are available at page IV-54 of ICAO Document 9303 Part 1, Volume 1.
I. To be able to make entry into India, it is absolutely essential that the visitors carry a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate.
II. It is illegal to carry or use Thuraya and other International Mobile Satellite phones into / in India.