A Condolence book for Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will be kept open at the Consulate General of India, Dubai for the public on 29th and 30th July 2015 from 10:00 Hrs to 13:00 Hrs

India mourns the passing away of its beloved former President,Scientist, great teacher, prolific writer, motivational speaker , Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (October 15, 1931 to July 27, 2015)


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Know India Programme 2015-2016

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Attestation services in various Northern Emirates from July to September 2015

Official Inauguration of #DubaiYoga

#DubaiYaga – IDY celebration

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HE Mr.Anurag Bhushan along with and other dignitaries listening Dr.Radhika Nagrath’s talk show on Therapeutic uses of Yoga in lifestyle diseases like Hypertension and Diabetes at the Consulate Auditorium

The Government of India has announced vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014-F.I dated 09.01.2015, all PIO cards issued till 09.01.2015 are deemed to be OCI card. As such the PIO Cards issued till 09.01.2015 are deemed to be OCI card Scheme has been withdrawn. Henceforth, applicants may apply for OCI card Only, as PIO card scheme is no longer in existence.

The Consulate General of India is organizing a 12 weeks course of Yoga in the CGI premises at free of cost. The Classes will be held every Saturday from 6to 8am. The course is open to all. All those interested are requested to come to the Consulate Auditorium on 6th June 2015 at 6am to participate in the Yoga Classes.

PIO Notifications

PART I—Section 1

No. 233] NEW DELHI, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014/ASVINA 8, 1936

New Delhi, the 30th September, 2014

No. 25024/9/2014-F.I.—In the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Home Affairs number 26011/4/98-F.I dated the 19th August, 2002, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part I, Section 1, dated the 19th August, 2002, the Central Government hereby makes the following amendments in the Scheme for issuance of Person of Indian Origin Card (PIO Card) Scheme, 2002, namely:—
1. (1) This scheme may be called the Scheme for issuance of Person of Indian Origin Card (PIO Card) Amendment Scheme, 2014.
(2) It shall come into effect on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.
2. In the Scheme for issuance of Person of Indian Origin Card (PIO Card) Scheme, 2002,—
(a) for paragraph 6, the following paragraph shall be substituted, namely :—
“6. Validity of PIO Card: A PIO Card issued to an applicant shall be valid for his life time from the date of its issue provided that such applicant has a valid passport.
Explanation.—For the purpose of this paragraph, it is hereby clarified that a PIO Card which has been issued prior to the date of publication of this notification shall be deemed to be valid for life time of its holder subject to the condition that such person has a valid passport.”
(b) In paragraph 9,—
(i) In sub-paragraph (ii), the words and figures “ if his stay on any single visit in India does not exceed 180 days” shall be omitted;
(ii) sub-paragraph (iii) shall be omitted;
(iii) sub-paragraph (iv) shall be renumbered as sub-paragraph (iii).


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International Day of Yoga celebration

“Postcards of India” poetry & prose competition

Students listening to Dr.G Madhavan Nair, former Chairman ISRO

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In the wake of the earthquake happened at Nepal on 25th April, 2015, a 24-hour ‘Control Room’ has been set up in the South Block of Ministry of External Affairs

In the wake of the earthquake happened at Nepal on 25th April, 2015, a 24-hour ‘Control Room’ has been set up in the South Block of Ministry of External Affairs. The contact details are as under:
(i) Phones:
+91 11 2301 2113
+91 11 2301 4104
+91 11 2301 7905
(ii) Fax:
+91 11 2301 8158
(iii) Email:

Marital Counseling sessions

NRIs living in the UAE mostly comprise of nuclear families. Without the emotional support of the joint family system, due to trauma associated with relocating to a new country, job related issues etc people are becoming stressed out and this is starting to extract a heavy toll on marital relationships.
With increase in the number of couples with marital issues approaching the Consulate for help, a need was felt to start counseling sessions at the Consulate in addition to the already existing facilities for psychological, financial and legal counseling at the IWRC.
Consulate General of India, Dubai is happy to announce that we have started counseling sessions at the Consulate exclusively for couples facing marital issues. The sessions will be initially held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.00 AM to 01.00 PM. Depending on demand, we would gradually increase the days and timings of the sessions.
Couples can book appointments with the Counselor by contacting Ms.Merin at the following:

Telephone : 043973939

Notification from Government of Tamil Nadu : Development of World class Oceanarium at Mamallapuram, Chennai, India – Pre bid meeting – Scheduled on 20th April 2015 stands postponed to 24th April 2015 at 10.30 am.

The name of the Tourist Visa on Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (TVoA-ETA) scheme has been changed to eTourist Visa (eTV) scheme with effect from 15.04.2015.

Aapke Dwar – Open house services

Consulate General of India will remain closed on Tuesday, 14th April 2015 on account of Dr.Ambedkar Jayanti.

Consulate General of India will remain closed on Tuesday, 14th April 2015 on account of Dr.Ambedkar Jayanti.

Minister of State Finance Shri Jayant Sinha with Indian Bankers and DIFC & DFSA Officials

Minister of State Finance Shri Jayant Sinha with HE Mr. Ezza Kazim Governor of DIFC

Inaugration of the India – UAE Health Cooperation Exhibition by H.E Mr Ali Omran, Director Ministry of Health, Government of UAE

Inaugral Session of the India – UAE Health Cooperation Program

Prerana – for differently abled children


The Indian Consulate under their Culture wing has initiated a venture ‘Prerana’ to support families having differently abled individuals.
The main activities planned by Prerana in the near future are C4C, Manthan, Awareness programs, etc.

C4C is a collaborative effort with a few mainstream schools to encourage interaction of differently abled children with their mainstream peers. Some of the C4C partnering schools are Gems Modern Academy, Delhi Private School, Sharjah, The Millenium School, etc. C4C provides a platform for children to interact with each other and work together in various activities like art, outdoor sports, music and dance.

Manthan is a monthly interactive session aimed at empowering parents, siblings, professionals and volunteers with knowledge on how best to help the differently abled individuals in their care. Experts in the field are invited to address the group. Parents and professionals get to network under a common platform.

Awareness programs will focus on showcasing the talents of differently abled individuals and also increasing acceptance in society through talks in various forums in the community.
Prerana aims at understanding the needs of the families and planning activities to provide the required help.

“Manthan – a churning of ideas”

Prerana conducted an event called Manthan – a churning of ideas on 29th May 2015 at the Indian Consulate Auditorium where Urmimala Sinha, a clinical psychologist with 15 years of experience addressed the topic “Coping Strategies for families with differently abled individuals”.The event was presided by Smt Neeta Bhushan, Deputy Chief of Mission and Head of Chancery.There were around 50 participants and all the parents who attended appreciated the talk. There was an informative sharing session in the end where parents could openly network with other parents and professionals in the field. While the parents attended the talk, their children enjoyed the painting activities organised for them.

Prerana plans to regularly conduct Manthan meetings once a month from September 2015.

If you would like to be associated with Prerana – kindly contact on helpline numbers
Merin – 04 3973939 / Raji – 050 6584875.

For more details please check the below links…

Consular Camps in various Northern Emirates from April to June 2015

Consulate General of India will remain closed on Thursday, 2nd April 2015nd Sunday 5th April 2015 on the occasions of Mahavir Jayanthi and Easter Sunday respectively

Consulate General of India will remain closed on Thursday, 2nd April 2015nd Sunday 5th April 2015 on the occasions of Mahavir Jayanthi and Easter Sunday respectively. IVS Global Services Ltd will also remain closed on these days.

All the above offices would resume work on normal timings from April 06,2015.

MADAD –Consular Grievances Monitoring System

The Ministry of External Affairs, in association with Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has introduced a new online ‘MEA Consular Grievances Monitoring System’, also called MADAD in Hindi to be implemented through Indian Missions/Posts abroad. It includes features like:

  • Logging and effective tracking of complaints and seeking feedback
  • (appreciation/suggestion) through the PSP Online Portal Security features that allow access to only legitimate complainants
  • Processing of complaints at Missions/Posts through PSP PRIDE application by Welfare

Officers, Workflow for Escalation/Review (Welfare Officers to Deputy Chief of Missions (DCM), and DCM to Head of Mission (HOM)) Maintenance of detailed case records for each complaint

  • MIS Reports and Dashboard for authorised users at Missions/Posts, CPV Consular

The portal has been initially launched on a pilot basis in UAE(Abu Dhabi and Dubai), Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman(Muscat) and Qatar(Doha).

MADAD has been setup to facilitate online logging and tracking of complaints pertaining to consular services by complainants and to effectively monitor and process complaints by corresponding Indian Missions/Posts abroad. Users of MADAD Portal can be categorized into three. The Public, Missions/Posts Abroad and Consular Section of CPV Division of the Ministry of External Affairs .The Public first needs to register as a user of the Complaints Monitoring System at the PSP online portal (https://org1.passportindia.gov.in/AppConsularProject/welcomeLink ) in order to log complaints or provide feedback (suggestions/appreciation). The system of registration is simple and user friendly and is similar to the registration process at any website. Once the user is registered, he/she can register his/her grievance. Grievances can be registered by the individual concerned or by any other person. (eg: in the case of minors, illiterate people etc). Once the complaint is successfully registered, a unique Complaint Reference Number is generated for the complaint(Complaint ID). All complaints lodged by the user will be displayed in the Track Complaint Status Screen with latest one being on top of the list. User can also search for a specific complaint by using the corresponding Complaint ID. Users can view detailed description of their complaint and status in this window. Users can also cancel their complaint from this window. Users also have a provision for giving their feedback as well as suggestions for each complaint. Users can log up to two suggestions/appreciation messages per complaint.

Stepwise process

1. Open the link to Madad portal, which is available as Passport Seva Online (www.passportindia.gov.in)

2. First time users need to create an account by entering name, phone, email and a password.

3. Your account should be verified by clicking on a link sent to your email id.

4. After confirming, you can log in using theusername and password.

5. You can file your own complaint in behalf of someone else.

6. The entire history of your grievance would be maintained online and you can check the status and updates by logging in later.

MIS reports and a Dashboard have been provisioned in MADAD system in order to provide detailed information about the processing of complaints pertaining to Consular Services by the concerned Missions/Posts, and also the feedback (suggestions/appreciation) received by them in this regard.

Mission/Post, CPV, and other designated users (like the EAM’s office) will be able to access reports by visiting the ‘Mission/Post’ link in the Passport Online Portal.

Mission/Post’s performance in respect of addressing the complaints will be assessed in terms of the following rules/criteria, and Mission names will accordingly appear in RED, AMBER or GREEN colours on the Dashboard.

CGI, Dubai is pleased to announce that MADAD has been introduced and tested by us and is functioning satisfactorily. Public is urged to use the portal to lodge their grievances relating to Consular matters like labour issues, death cases, compensation cases, missing persons etc. Please note that this portal is not meant for queries related to Passport and Visa Services.


Indradhanush: Colours of Indian culture

Consulate General of India, Dubai is pleased to announce two new cultural initiatives to promote Indian culture and science in UAE- “Indradhanush: Colours of Indian culture” and “Manthan: Indian Science Lecture Series”.

Under “Indradhanush”, CGI, Dubai is organizing cultural performances, once a month, in the Consulate Auditorium. Performances range from classical dance and music to dance-drama to cinematic songs. The first performance under “Indradhanush” was held on 31st January, 2015 by Ustad Maqbool Khan and his son Zeeshan Khan who rendered beautiful compositions of Hindustani classical music. The second performance under Indradhanush will be held on 27th February, 2015, which is a dance-drama presentation “Bharteeyam”, an ode to Mother India.

Under “Manthan: India Science Lecture Series”, lectures on achievements of India in the field of science will be organised by Consulate General of India. The first lecture was held on 17th January 2015 by Dr. M. Radhakrishna Pillai, Director of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology. The second lecture in the series will be held on 27th February 2015, by Ms. T. Jayanthi from Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research.

All the events organised by CGI, Dubai are notified on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IndianConsulate.Dubai. All NRIs in UAE are requested to follow us on facebook for all the latest news/announcements and are encouraged to participate in these events in large numbers.



Consul General and Ambassador along with dignitaries on the occasion of 66th Republic Day Reception on Jan 27, 2015

H.E. Anurag Bhushan, Consul General along with H.E. Abdulla Ghobash Minister of State during the Republic Day Reception held at Grand Hyatt on Jan 27, 2015

Dance performance by children of Indian High School, Dubai on the occasion of Republic Day

H.E Anurag Bhushan, Consul General of India, Dubai hoisting the national flag on the occasion of 66th Republic Day


My Fellow Citizens:

1. On the eve of the 66th Republic Day, I extend warm greetings to all of you in India and abroad. I convey my special greetings to members of our Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces and Internal Security Forces.

2. Twenty Sixth January holds an everlasting place in our national memory because it is the day when modern India was born. Under Mahatma Gandhi’s moral and political leadership, the National Congress passed the Purna Swaraj resolution demanding complete independence from British rule in December 1929. Gandhiji organized nationwide celebrations on 26 January 1930 as Independence Day. From then on, the Nation took a pledge on this day every year to carry on the freedom struggle till we attained it.

3. Exactly twenty years later, in 1950, we adopted our charter of
modernity, the Constitution. Tragically, Gandhiji had been martyred two years before, but the framework of a Constitution that has made India a role model for today’s world was constructed out of his philosophy. Its essence lay in four principles: democracy; freedom of faith; gender equality; and an economic upsurge for those trapped in the curse of dire poverty. These were made Constitutional obligations. Gandhiji’s talisman for the country’s rulers was simple and powerful and I quote: “Whenever you are in doubt…recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen and ask yourself…will it lead to swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?” (unquote). Our resolve to eliminate poverty through inclusive development has to be a step in that direction.

Fellow Citizens:
4. The past year has been remarkable in many ways. Particularly because, after three decades the people have voted to power a single party with a majority for a stable government, and in the process freed the country’s governance from the compulsions of coalition politics. Outcome of these Elections has given the mandate to the elected government to fulfill its commitment to the people by using its majority for formulating policies and making laws to implement those policies. The voter has played her part; it is now up to those who have been elected to honour this trust. It was a vote for clean, efficient, effective, gender-sensitive, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly governance.

Fellow Citizens:
5. There can be no governance without a functioning legislature. The legislature reflects the will of the people. It is the platform where progressive legislation using civilized dialogue must create delivery mechanisms for realizing the aspirations of the people. It calls for reconciling the differences amongst stakeholders and building a consensus for the law to be enacted. Enacting laws without discussion impacts the law-making role of the Parliament. It breaches the trust reposed in it by the people. This is neither good for the democracy nor for the policies relating to those laws.

Fellow Citizens:
6. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Rabindranath Tagore, Subramanya Bharati and many more – the vocation and the approach might have been different but they all spoke the same language of patriotism. We owe our freedom to these great warriors of nationalism. We also salute the unsung heroes who have died securing the liberation of Mother India. But it pains me to see that Mother India is not respected by her own children when it comes to the safety of women. Atrocities of rape, murders, harassment on the roads, kidnapping and dowry deaths have made women fearful even in their own homes. Rabindranath Tagore saw women not only as the deities of the household fire, but also the flame of the soul itself. Where have we failed, as parents, teachers and leaders, that our children have forgotten all tenets of decent behaviour and respect for women? We have enacted many legislations but, as Benjamin Franklin had once said and I quote: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are” (unquote). Every Indian must take a pledge to protect the honour of women from violence of any kind. Only a nation that respects and empowers its women can become a global power.

Fellow Citizens:
7. The Indian Constitution is the holy book of democracy. It is a lodestar for the socio-economic transformation of an India whose civilization has celebrated pluralism, advocated tolerance and promoted goodwill between diverse communities. These values, however, need to be preserved with utmost care and vigilance. The freedom inherent in democracy sometimes generates an unhappy by-product when political discourse becomes a competition in hysteria that is abhorrent to our traditional ethos. The violence of the tongue cuts and wounds people’s hearts. Religion, said Gandhiji, is a force for unity; we cannot make it a cause of conflict.

Fellow Citizens:
8. Much is said about India’s soft power. But the most powerful example of India’s soft power, in an international environment where so many countries are sinking into the morass of theocratic violence, lies in our definition of the relationship between faith and polity. We have always reposed our trust in faith-equality where every faith is equal before the law and every culture blends into another to create a positive dynamic. Wisdom of India teaches us: unity is strength, dominance is weakness.

Fellow Citizens:
9. The multi-nation conflict has converted boundaries into bloodlines, and turned terrorism into an industry of evil. Terrorism and violence are seeping across our borders. While peace, non-violence and good neighbourly intentions should remain the fundamentals of our foreign policy, we cannot afford to be complacent about adversaries who will stop at nothing to disrupt our progress towards a prosperous and equitable India. We have the strength, confidence and determination to defeat architects of this war against our people. Repeated violations of the ceasefire along the Line of Control and terrorist attacks must get an integrated response through incisive diplomacy and impregnable security mechanisms. The world must join India in fighting the menace of terrorism.

Fellow Citizens:
10. Economic progress is also a test of democracy. Year 2015 is a year of hope. Key economic indicators provide for much optimism. Strengthening of the external sector, move towards fiscal consolidation, moderation in price levels, early signs of rebound in manufacturing and record agricultural production last year augur well for our economy. Achieving five percent plus growth rates each in the first two quarters of 2014-15 is a healthy sign for an early reversion to the high growth trajectory of 7-8 percent.

11. The success of a society is measured by both survival and strengthening of its values, institutions and instruments of governance. Our national narrative has been shaped by the principles of its past, triumphs of today and is now ready to own the future by powering its latent potential.

Fellow Citizens:
12. Our national ambition is to raise the quality of life of Indians by quantum leaps and raise generations enlightened by learning, patriotism, compassion, honesty and a sense of duty. Thomas Jefferson had said and I quote: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty” (unquote). We must strive for the highest quality in our educational institutions so that we can take our place, within a visible future, among the knowledge leaders of the 21st century. I would urge, in particular, that we lay special stress on the culture of books and reading, which takes knowledge beyond the classroom and frees imagination from stress of the immediate and the utilitarian. We must be a creative people, nourished by innumerable, interlinked rivers of ideas. Our youth must lead the way to mastery of technology and communication in a universe where the cloud has become a library without frontiers, and vast opportunity awaits within the computer in your palm. The 21st century is within India’s grasp.

Fellow Citizens:
13. This future will remain both visible and elusive if we do not discover the ability to continually cleanse ourselves of retrograde habits and social ills. Over the past century, some have died, others have faded, but many still exist. We are celebrating, this year, the centenary of Gandhiji’s return to India from South Africa. We can never cease to learn from a Mahatma. The first thing he did in 1915 was to keep his eyes open and his lips sealed. It is advisable to follow his example. While we are, rightly, focused on 1915, perhaps we should cast a glance on what Gandhiji did in 1901, the year when he returned home for his first break. The annual Congress session was held that year in Calcutta, then the capital of British India. Gandhiji was a delegate. He went to Ripon College for a meeting. He discovered that the whole place had been dirtied by fellow-delegates. A shocked Gandhiji did not wait for any allotted cleaner. He picked up a broom and cleaned the area. No one followed his example in 1901. 114 years later, let us follow his example, and become worthy children of a magnificent father.
Jai Hind!

BLS International Services centers in UAE would be closed for New Year

BLS International Services centers in UAE would be closed from Thursday, 1st January to Saturday, 3rd January 2015 and would resume work on normal timings – 8.00am to 8.00pm on and from Sunday 4th January, 2015.

Tourist Visa on Arrival

Government of India introduces Tourist Visa on Arrival to UAE citizens

Government of India has extended the ‘Tourist Visa on Arrival’ (TVoA) facility to citizens of 43 countries from the existing 11countries currently. The UAE is one among the newly added countries to the list. Diplomatic, Official, Special, and Service passports will not be covered under this facility.
How to apply?
Tourist Visa on Arrival’(TVoA) enabled by Electronic travel Authorization (ETA)
Once the applicant submits an online application, along with a copy of his/her passport and a photograph and other requirements, within 72 hours, the applicant will know if the visa application has been approved through his e-mail.
The approved copy of “electronic travel authorization (ETA)” received via email, can be presented only at one of the nine international airports across India while travelling to India. At the airport, an immigration official will take the required biometrics and once the verification is complete, the visa will be stamped at the immigration.
Point of Entry
The ETA will be accepted only at the nine international airports namely Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.
Features of the visa
This visa will have a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry from the date of arrival in India.

Terms and conditions
The sole purpose of visiting India on tourist visa on arrival should only be for recreation, sightseeing, visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit etc.
• Foreigners of the above 43 countries who hold an ordinary passport with maximum 6 months validity.
• Foreigners traveling on passport other than ordinary passport such as Diplomatic, Official, Special, and Service passports are not eligible for the TVoA Service.
• Should not have a residence or occupation in India.
• The applicant should be of assured financial standing (the production of return ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India).
• International travelers having Pakistani passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular visa at Indian Missions.
Instruction for TVoA enabled byETA
• Applicants may apply online at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
• TVoA links may also be found in websites of Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration. The online application should be submitted minimum four days in advance and maximum 30 days of the proposed date of travel.
• Recent front facing photograph with white background and photo page of passport to be uploaded while applying.
• A fee of US $60/- (Plus bank transaction charges) per passenger to be paid online for the grant of ETA for Tourist-Visa-on-Arrival.
• Fees once paid is not refundable under any circumstances.
• Online application will be processed only after fee is paid online.
• Decision on TVoA will be conveyed by email. Therefore, applicants are advised to ensure that correct email address is provided.
• Applicant can also track the status of their application online on the TVoA website by selecting the link “Visa Status”, and entering their Application ID number and Passport number.
• Applicant should carry a copy of ETA along with him/her at the time of travel.
• Tourist Visa on Arrival once is non-extendable, non-convertible and not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted or Cantonment Areas.
• Biometric details of the applicant will be mandatorily captured at the TVoA counter at the Airport at the time of arrival in India.
• This facility is in addition to the existing Visa Services.

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Dignitaries at the Book Chat on Applied Diplomacy through the Prism of Mythology authored by Amb.T.P.Sreenivasan on Dec 27, 2014.

Public Advisory for Handwritten Passports

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


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.


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”.


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.


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BLS International Services centers in UAE and IVS Global Services Ltd will remain closed on December 2, 2014 on the occasion of the UAE’s National Day.

BLS International Services centers in UAE and IVS Global Services Ltd will remain closed on December 2, 2014 on the occasion of the UAE’s National Day.

All the above offices would resume work on normal timings from December 3, 2014.