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Announcement of new Passport Rules

Egazette For New Passport Rules

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New Passport Rules

IMPORTANT NOTE on Renewal/Reissue of Passports

Government of India has launched a new project for he issue of
Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) since 26th August 2007.

In accordance with the guidelines of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) this Mission has started issuing machine readable printed passports. In accordance with the same guidelines most countries will not allow entry of persons with handwritten passports except when they possess emergency documents after 2014. Issuances of these passports takes two-three weeks of processing time. Members of the Indian Community are advised to apply well in advance for new passport to give the Embassy necessary processing time. All Indian passport holders are also advised to convert their passports to machine readable passports before the due date of 2014.

The applicants of passports resident in Suriname, Barbados, St.Lucia and St.Vincent & the Grenedines should send in filled applications forms either in person or through return -prepaid courier -to this Embassy with the following:

i Present passport- in cases of reissue

ii Cash fee as applicable.In the case of aoutstation applications, the demand draft should be in favour of Embassy of India, Suriname with US$ 5 added to cover bank charges.

iii 4copies of recent photographs of 5 cm x 5 cm and specimen signatures in the space provided in the application 1.5cm x 4.5cms. PLEASE NOTE THE PHOTOGRAPHS MUST BE SQUARE OF 5 CMS X 5 CMS AND SPECIMEN SIGNATURES MUST BE IN THE BOX OF 1.5CM X 4.5CM.

On receipt of the applications, given data will be entered into a computer and transfered to the Ministry of External Affairs through internet.The passports will be printed in New Delhi and courierd to the Embassy of distrubution to the respective applicants in a period of up to two weeks.


New Passport
Indian passports are normally issued for a period of 10 years. The passport can be renewed any time between one year before and six months after the actual date of expiry. If the pages of the passport are exhausted, a new passport booklet valid for a period of 10 years will be issued. Four passport size photographs taken full face, are to be submitted along with the filled in application form for issue of a new passport booklet. Loss of passport should be reported immediately to the local Police authorities and also to the nearest Indian Mission.


The issue of duplicate passports in lieu of lost or damaged passports is handled under a special procedure. In case of lost passport, application form should be accompanied with a copy of FIR lodged with police, a copy of lost passport and some additional proof of identity like driving license, Institute ID card or letter from employer etc.


All minor children will need a separate passport. Passports to minors (below the age of 15 years) are issued for a validity of 5 years.

All applicants for miscellaneous Passport and Consular Services are required to fill up a "Miscellaneous Services" form and submit their passports.

For CHANGE OF FIRST NAME/FULL NAME, applicant has to submit (a) Court Order or notarized affidavit (b) newspaper clipping of notice in city of applicant's domicile and (c) newspaper cutting of notice in state of applicant's domicile in India.
For CHANGE TO MARRIED NAME, applicant is required to enclose a copy of the marriage certificate, sworn affidavit giving maiden and married names duly notarized by a Notary Public and husband's passport. In case where first name also changes after marriage, additional requirements as indicated in "change of full name" are to be met.

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS are also undertaken by the Embassy.

ALL LOCAL DOCUMENTS FOR ATTESTATION are required to be initially attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the local authorities and it should be accompanied by an English translation. Applicant's valid passport is also to be submitted.

For ATTESTATION OF SIGNATURES ON AFFIDAVITS / POWER OF ATTORNEY, the applicant is required to submit his passport along with copy of the passport and one copy of the document to be legalized.

Application for passport/consular service can be submitted at Consular Section of the Embassy of India at the following address:
Embassy of India
Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 239,
Telephone No : (597) 498344
Fax No : (597) 491106

The application forms for various services can be obtained from Consular section of the Embassy or can be downloaded from the website All forms are provided free of charge.

Applications are accepted at the counter between 0900 -1230 hours on all working days and delivered between 1500 - 1600 hours.


Passport Application Fees for various Passport /Consular Services:

  •    N.B.:  US$ 5.00 to be included for bank charges for each bank draft

  •   Fax charges US$10.00 if clearance is required.

Address: Embassy of India, Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 239,
PO Box 1329, Paramaribo,Suriname.
Working hours: 0800 to 1630 hours (Monday to Friday)
Telephone Number: (0597) 498344/531448/531449
Fax Number: (0597) 491106/499382
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