In accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization guidelines, Government of India has decided to introduce machine readable passports for Indian Nationals. Under the scheme ,these machine readable passports will be issued by a centralized point in India with effect from August 26,2007.
Announcement of new passport rules
The Procedural details of the scheme are as under :
I. Applicants residing in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicragua applying for the new Indian Passport have to apply online at website: http://www.passport.gov.in/nri/ Passport form and form for miscellaneous services on passport is also available on this website.
II. Take a print out of the application form filled online.
III. Copy of the application form, the relevant application fees and the original passport are required to be deposited in the Embassy.
iv. The online form filled by an applicant will then be transmitted electronically to India by the Embassy for processing and printing of the passports.
v. Passport Issuing Authority in India will ensure dispatch of the new passport within 10 days thereafter. Please click link for stepwise guidelines for filling the application form. These may be perused so that there is no mistake in submission of application which could cause delay in processing. In case of doubt or if any clarification is required, please contact Embassy of India, Panama (Tel. 507- 2642416 / 2643043 / 2648780).
Procedure for obtaining Miscellaneous Passport & Consular Services Applicants for miscellaneous Passport and Consular services are required to fill out appropriate form and submit their passports along with photocopies of their resident card or any other proof of their lawful residence in the jurisdiction of the Embassy.
The practice of endorsement of child's name on either parent's passport has since been discontinued and a new passport is issued to a (newborn) child initially for five-year duration. Photocopy of birth certificate, parents passports (containing spouse name), should accompany the application.
It is very important to note that a birth should be registered, in case a child is to acquire Indian citizenship, within 7 years, if both parents are holding Indian nationality (by birth) (at the time of birth and thereafter), and within one year if one of the parent is not an Indian citizen or one of the parent is Indian (by descent).
6. Photocopy of driver licence or employer's letter (as applicable)
7. Photocopy of identity card/work permit/ stay permit (as applicable)
8. Application in plain paper giving reasons for the loss of the passport.
Misrepresentation of facts may entail denial of passport facilities. Applications received with incomplete details will remain unprocessed. A duplicate passport may not be issued for the second loss/damage of passport. Habitual losers of passport will be subject to enquiry. In case the passport is required for urgent private or business travel, please explain the special circumstances to the Consular officer at email:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For change of name, applicant has to submit following documents along with application:
* Court order or notarized affidavit.
* Advertisement clipping of notice in the city of applicants present address.
* Advertisement clipping of notice in the city of applicants permanent address in India.
* Women applicants applying for change of maiden name are required to furnish, along with the application form and spouse passport, either of the following documents:
REVISED PASSPORT FEE STRUCTURE W.E.F 01 OCTOBER 2012
i) Ordinary Passport – 36 pages (Valid for 10 years. Also applicable for age-group 15-18)
ii) Ordinary Passport 60 pages (Valid for 10 years. Also applicable for age-group 15-18)
iii) Ordinary Passport – 36 pages for minors for five years validity (below 18 years)
iv) Ordinary Passport – 36 pages in lieu of lost, damaged or stolen passport
v) Ordinary Passport – 60 pages in lieu of lost, damaged or stolen passport
vi) Emergency Certificate
vii) Misc. Passport Services (PCC or Surrender Certificate or any other miscellaneous services based on Passport)
(The above fee includes charge of USD 3 towards Indian Community Welfare Fund(ICWF) on issue of each document as per Government instructions).
Passport Service: Cancellation of Indian Passports /obtaining Surrender Certificates
All naturalized citizen’s of Indian descent in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, who have already acquired foreign citizenship voluntarily in the past shall cease to be Indian citizens upon their acquiring foreign citizenship. However, such persons are required to renounce their Indian citizenship and to obtain surrender certificate for their Indian passports, whether valid or expired, so that the passport is not misused. If you have a ‘passport cancelled on acquisition of foreign nationality’ stamp on your passport, there is no requirement of acquiring “surrender certificate”.
For those persons of Indian origin who have already acquired foreign citizenship till 31 May 2010, the fee is US$28. For those, who acquire foreign citizenship on or after 1 June 2010, the fee is US$133.
Attestation of Documents:
Documents issued by Indian Authorities:
Birth, Death, Marriage and Educational Certificates etc. issued by the Indian authorities in India can also be attested by the Embassy provided the same have been authenticated by the designated officer of the State Government and validated by the Consular Section of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Patiala House, New Delhi-110001 or any other agency approved by the Ministry of External Affairs. For details, please check the website http://mea.gov.in/apostille.htm
All local documents originated in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua for attestation have first to be duly authenticated/certified by the Ministry of External Relations(Foreign Affairs) of the respective country.
CONSULAR FEE SCHEDULE
Type of Consular Service
Fee in US$
Attestation of affidavits/documents pertaining to sale, purchase, power of attorney, mortgage, transfer, gift etc. of real estate or moveable properties or issue of a document by a Consular Officer pertaining to such matters
Attestation of civil documents
Attestation of Trade/Commercial documents or issue of any certificate certificate ‘country of origin’ etc. pertaining to exports from foreign country to India
Attestation of Trade/Commercial documents or issue of any certificate pertaining to exports from India to a foreign country
Attestation of pension papers, life-certificate etc.
Other Miscellaneous attestations , issue of civil certificates, notarial services as per Consular Manual not falling within any of above categories, registration of birth & certified copy of the entry
Registration of death & a certified copy of the entry/cancellation of Indian passport of the deceased. Attestation of documents
Registration of birth and issue of certificate
Renunciation of Indian Citizenship(mandatory w.e.f. 01/06/2010)
Note: (i) The attestation charges are per page with signatures and the pages on which only Mission’s round seal is affixed will not be charged extra.
(All the above fee fees includes USD 3 towards ICWF as per Govt. orders)
Indian nationals in Cost Rica and Nicaragua may send applications for the above services by courier and arrangements for delivery and collection-with all charges paid by them)with prescribed fee to Embassy of India, Panama. There is additional charge of US$20 towards international bank draft/bankers cheque apart from prescribed fee for all passport and consular services.