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Note: Information provided through this web site is only informative in nature and should not be construed as a statement of the law. For current rules, upto date information on passport or tatkaal scheme check with your concerned regional passport office or their website. Tatkaal Service scheme was introduced passport applicants who are in need of passports urgently out-of-turn. Applications accepted under this scheme are processed outside the line of applications dictated by the "first in - first out" principle which is central to the working of all passport offices in the country. The passport issuing authority could grant a full-validity passport generally 10 years or a short validity passport 1 or 2 years, in response to Tatkaal requests.

No proof of urgency is required for Out-of-Turn issue of tatkal passport as mentioned on passport.gov.in website. Tatkal passports in general issued to applications eligible to apply under tatkaal scheme; Patients going abroad for medical treatment, Persons traveling abroad due to death of a close relative, Students appearing in examinations such as SAT, GRE, Students going abroad to join foreign universities, Business persons going abroad urgently for trade, conference, trade fairs etc., Blood relative of a person residing abroad who is seriously ill, Close relatives of individuals working abroad, Winners of promotional awards and schemes foreign travel is a prize or incentive, Spouse of official passport holders going abroad and availing companion ticket, Individuals wishing to go abroad to attend marriage of close relatives, Pilgrimages and travels for religious purposes, For marriage or honeymoon after marriage.


In general, Tatkal passport is issued within 1-2 weeks time. To obtain Tatkal passport, required fee and application, photographs, other documents and/or affidavits are required to be submitted to the concerned passport issuing authority.



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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Indian Passport

  • I have downloaded the application form from passport office website. Can I fill it out and submit?
    You can downaload passport application form, print, fill it out and submit it at the concerned passport office along with the fee and required documents..
  • My Passport was issued by Delhi Passport Office. Can I apply for miscellaneous services in Passport Office in another city?
    You can apply for miscellaneous services at area Passport Office of your current address.
  • My passport was issued from Delhi and now I have shifted to Mumbai. Should I change my address in the passport?
    It is better to get your address changed in the passport. For address change in passport you need to fill out Application Form No. 2 and submit it along with valid proof of your current address at the concerned area Passport Office.

  • I do not have ECNR stamp in my Passport. Can I get it on the basis of my provisional matriculation or higher educational certificate?
    ECNR stamp is not being affixed in passports now and not even printed in the new passport booklets. Only ECR stamp is being affixed on passport, if the passport applicant is not eligible for ECNR. If you possess Matriculation or higher education, you are entitled for ECNR status. You can get ECNR status on the basis of provisional matriculation certificate and mark sheets.
  • Is Identity Certificate mandatory for State/Central Government/PSU employees?
    State/Central Government/PSU employees are required to submit Identity Certificate (Annexure "B") issued by the competent authority.
  • I have downloaded the application form for passport from the website and taken print out. In specimen signatures column, stickers option is not available where passport applicant needs to sign. Where do I sign?
    Passport applicant can sign below column 19 of the application form.
  • I am working in a private bank? Is Identity Certificate required?
    Only employees of State/Central Governments/PSU need to submit Identity Certificates for issuing passports..
  • My passport was issued 5 years ago and got married recently. Should I include name of my spouse in my passport?
    It is better to include name of your spouse in your passport. You need to fill out Application Form No. 2 and submit it along with marriage certificate and photocopy of spouse’s passport (if applicable).
  • I have a eight months old baby? Do I need to apply for a separate passport for my baby?
    Minors are issued separate minor passport and endorsement of minor child name in parents' passports is not allowed as per the amended law.
  • Is consent required to apply for a minor child passport whose father or mother is currently living abroad?
    Consent of the spouse (Sworn Affidavit duly attested by Indian Mission abroad.) who is currently living abroad is required to apply for a minor passport.
  • What is the difference between Reissue and Renewal of a passport?
    Passports are Reissued after the expiry of their 10 year full validity period. If a short validity passport of less than 10 years was issued then you can apply for Renewal to extend the validity of the existing passport to 10 years. For Re-issue of passport a normal fee is charged whereas for Renewal no fee is charged.
  • My passport expired 6 years ago. Can I renew it?
    You need to fill out passport Application Form No. 1 and submit to the concerned passport office along with original/photocopy of your expired passport and required fee and documents. For expired passports police verification will be required.

  • Where can I apply for passport and which proof of residence I can furnish as I am a student staying away from my parents?
    You can apply at either concerned passport office of your current stay or concerned passport office of your permanent address. You need to fill out an additional set of Personal Particulars form indicating the current address. For proof of residence of your hostel/or place of stay, either you can provide a letter from the Principal/Warden or proof of residence of the guardian with whom you are staying along with the Guardianship affidavit. You also need to provide proof of your parents address or permanent address.
  • What are the different documents while applying passport in person or by post?
    While applying for a passport by post you need to submit two copies of all the required documents duly attested by a Gazetted Officer bearing his/her name, seal and address of his/her office. While applying for a passport in person, two copies of all the required documents duly self attested need to be submitted at the counter along with the originals, for verification which are returned at the same time after documents are verified.
  • What are the documents I can submit for ECNR status on my passport as I am a salaried person and Income tax is deducted from my salary?
    Form 16(a) for the last 3 years along with copies of acknowledgement of your Income Tax Returns.
  • I have shifted from Mumbai to Bengaluru 10 months ago and now I have to apply for a passport. Can I apply for a passport in Bengaluru?
    You can apply for a passport at concerned Passport Office. You need to submit proof of your current residence and also mention previous address in the application form. You also need to submit 2 additional Personal Particulars forms, mentioning your previous address details, along with the application and other required documents..

  • I have to go to the USA next week/month on company work. Can I get a passport under the Tatkal Scheme?
    You can apply for a passport under Tatkal scheme and pay the Tatkal fee, and a Verification Certificate (Annexure "F") or three documents as mentioned under Tatkal Category of Passport Information Booklet along with Standard Affidavit (Annexure "I").
  • Which documents are required in case of change in name on account of Divorcee?
    Divorce deed duly authenticated by Court and Deed Poll or Sworn Affidavit as per specimen in Annexure "E" given in the Passport Information booklet attached to the application.

  • Whether entry of second wife name is allowed on passport, in case of Muslim passport holder?
    The entry of first wife name will remain intact if divorce is not obtained.

  • Is it mandatory to submit Birth Certificate of passport applicant who is born on or after 26-Jan-1989?
    Birth Certificate issued by Municipal authorities is accepted for those born on or after 26-Jan-1989.

  • Which is the Affidavit for Date of Birth to be submitted by illiterate passport applicants?
    Annexure "A" - To be executed on non-judicial stamp paper

  • Which is the Identity Certificate for State/Central Government/PSU employees?
    Annexure "B" - To be given in Duplicate on Original Stationery

  • Which is the Affidavit for a Minor Passport by either parent (who are separated but not formally divorced)?
    Annexure "C" - To be executed on non-judicial stamp paper

  • Which is the Affidavit for a lady applicant for change of name after Marriage?
    Annexure "D" - To be executed on non-judicial stamp paper

  • Which is the Affidavit for Change in Name/Deed Poll/Sworn Affidavit?
    Annexure "E" - To be executed on non-judicial stamp paper

  • Which is the Verification Certificate for Tatkal Passport?
    Annexure "F" - On official stationery of verifying authority - to be given in Duplicate

  • Which is the affidavit for Declaration of Parent/Guardian for Minor Passport (one parent has not given consent)?
    Annexure "G" - To be executed on non-judicial stamp paper

  • Which is the Declaration of Parent/Guardian for Minor Passport?
    Annexure "H" - On plain paper

  • Which is the Standard Affidavit?
    Annexure "I" - To be executed on non-judicial stamp paper and attested by a Notary Public

  • Which is the Specimen Verification Certificate that is issued by Chairmen of Apex Business Organizations to the Owners, Partners Or Directors of the Companies having Membership of the Concerned Chambers?
    Annexure "J" - On Official stationery of verifying authority

  • What is the specimen authority letter for authorized representative?
    Authority letter - on plain paper




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Indian Passport

For current applicable fees and passport issuing rules check with the concerned authorities.
Indian passports are issued to citizens of India for the purpose of international travel. They act as proof of Indian nationality. The Consular Passport & Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, functioning as the central passport organisation, is responsible for issuance of Indian passports to all eligible Indian citizens. Passports are issued from 37 locations across the country and 160 Indian missions abroad.

Types of passports

Regular Passport (Blue cover) - Issued for ordinary travel, such as vacations and business trips (36 or 60 pages)
Diplomatic Passport (Maroon cover) - Issued to Indian diplomats, top ranking government officials and diplomatic couriers.
Official Passport (White cover) - Issued to individuals representing the Indian government on official business
In addition, select passport offices in India as well as overseas missions are authorised to issue Regular Indo-Bangladesh passports and Indo-Sri Lankan passports, to Indian nationals resident in West Bengal, the North Eastern States, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. These two passports permit travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka only and are not valid for travel to other foreign countries.

Physical appearance
Indian Passports have a Blue cover, with the Emblem of India emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The words 'PASSPORT' in Hindi and English inscribed above the Emblem and 'REPUBLIC OF INDIA' in Hindi and English inscribed below the Emblem. The standard passport contains 36 pages, but frequent travelers can opt for 60 pages.

Passport holder identity
Indian passports have identity information printed on both front and back cover ends. Both of these pages are laminated to prevent modification.

The opening cover end contains the following information:

Photo of Passport Holder
Signature of the Passport Holder
Type (P)
Country Code (IND)
Passport Number
Surname
Given Names
Nationality (INDIAN)
Sex
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Place of Issue
Date of Issue
Date of Expiry

The information page ends with the Machine Readable Passport Zone.

The closing end contains the following information:

Name of Father/Legal Guardian
Name of Mother
Name of Spouse
Address
Old Passport No. with Date and Place of Issue
File No.
Passport Note

The passports contain a note from the issuing state that is addressed to the authorities of all other states, identifying the bearer as a citizen of that state and requesting that he or she be allowed to pass and be treated according to international norms. The note inside of Indian Passports states:

" These are to request and require in the name of the President of the Republic of India all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance, and to afford him or her, every assistance and protection of which he or she may stand in need.
By the order of the President of the Republic of India "

The note bearing page is typically stamped and signed by the issuing authority in the name of the President of Republic of India.

Emigration Check

Indian passports holders are classified as either ECR ( Emigration Check Required ) or ECNR ( Emigration Check Not Required ) ECR passports need a clearance called as Emigration Check from the protector of emigrants Govt. of India when going to select countries on work visa. This is to prevent exploitation of Indian Workers going abroad especially to the middle east. ECR passports travelling with tourist visas however do not need a clearance. (This clearance is also called a Emigration check suspension).

ECNR status passports are granted to:

Indian Nationals Born abroad
Indian Nationals holding matriculation certificate or above certification of education
All holders of Diplomatic/official Passports.
All GAZETTED Government servants.
All Income-Tax payers (including Agricultural Income-Tax Payees) in their individual capacity.
All professional Degree holders, such as Doctors holding MBBS degree or equivalent degree in AYURVEDA or HOMEOPATHY, accredited Journalists, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, Lecturers, Teachers, Scientists, Advocates, etc.
Spouses and dependent children of category of persons listed from (b) to (d).
Seamen who are in possession of CDC or Sea Cadets, Deck Cadets;
(i) who have passed final examination of three years B.Sc. Nautical Sciences Courses at T.S. CHANAKYA, MUMBAI; and
(ii) who have undergone three months Pre-Sea training at any of the Government approved Training Institutes such as T.S.CHANAKYA, T.S. REHMAN, T.S. JAWAHAR, MTI (SCI) and NIPM, CHENNAI, after production of identity cards issued by the Shipping Master, MUMBAI/KOLKATA/CHENNAI.
Persons holding Permanent Immigration Visa, such as the visas of UK, USA and Australia.
Persons possessing two years diploma from any institute recognized by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) or State Council of Vocational Training (SCVT) or persons holding three years' diploma/equivalent degree from institutions like Polytechnics recognized by Central/State Governments.
Nurses possessing qualifications recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act. 1947.
All persons above the age of 50 years.
All persons who have been staying abroad for more than three years (the period of three years could be either in one stretch or broken) and their spouses.
All children up to the age of 18 years of age. (At the time of re-issue at the age of 18 years, ECR stamping shall be done, if applicable)..
As per the current ruling of the Ministry of External Affairs, passports issued from 2007 would not have the ECNR stamp affixed on the passport. A blank page 2 of the passport would be deemed to have been ECNR endorsed. The same has been communicated to all immigration and border security officials. Only ECR stamps would be affixed in the passport.

Languages
The textual portions of Indian Passport are printed in both Hindi and English.

Fees
The cost of obtaining a standard passport

INR 1000 - Fresh Passport (36 pages) of 10 years validity.
INR 1500 - Fresh Passport (60 pages) of 10 years validity.
INR 600 - Fresh Passport for Minors (below 15 years of Age) of 5 years validity or till the minor attains the age of 18 which ever is earlier.
INR 2500 - Duplicate Passport (36 pages) in lieu of lost, damaged or stolen passport.
INR 3000 - Duplicate Passport (60 pages) in lieu of lost, damaged or stolen passport.
New passport issuance system
In September 2007, the Indian Union Cabinet approved a new passport issuance system under a project called Passport Seva Project. As per the project, front-end activities of passport issuance, dispatch of passports, online linking with police, Central Printing unit for centralized printing of passports will be put in place. The new system is aimed at 'timely, transparent, more accessible and reliable manner' for passport issuance.

e-Passport (Biometric Passport)
India has just recently initiated the first phase of Biometric e-Passport for Diplomatic Passport holders in India and abroad. The new passports have been designed indigenously in India by the Central Passport Organisation, the India Security Press and IIT Kanpur. It contains a security chip with all personal data and digital images. In the first phase new passports will have a 64KB chip carrying a personal photograph of the passport holder and in subsequent phases it will have a fingerprint. The new passport has already been tested with passport readers in United States and have 4 second response times, which is about 2/5th of US Passport 10 second response time. It need not be carried in a metal jacket for security reasons, it will first need to be skimmed through a reader, after which it would generate an access code which then unlocks the chip for reader access.

On 25 June 2008 Indian Passport Authority issued first e-passport to President of India, Pratibha Patil. e-passport is under first phase of deployment and is restricted to Diplomatic Passport holders.It was told that from September 2009 onwards biometric passport would be available to other citizens, however it seems that one can expect the biometric passport only after September 2010.

source:( wikipedia)



When you are applying for passport, please check with the concerned authorities the forms, documents, fees, proof or any other formalities that are required at the time of making request for any passport related requests, as the prevailing rules may change.

For getting a fresh/ Reissue/Replacement of Lost/Damaged passports/ Change of Name/ Appearance/ Exhaustion of pages, passport application Form No. 1 needs to be filled out and the same form is filled out for minors as well. A new passport means applying for a passport for the first time, that means you have never held any passport earlier. You should furnish details at the appropriate place in the current passport application form in case you have earlier applied for passport in any of the passport offices and whether the passport was issued and not received by the applicant else it may attract applicable penalty. Passport reissue means an application is made for another passport in lieu of an existing passport that has either expired or expiry date is closer. You may apply for a new passport in lieu of an expired or about to expire passport upto 3 years after and 1 year before the expiry of the existing passport ( check the exact time frame with the concerned authorities). Reissue of passport is reissue in lieu of existing passport whereas Renewal of passport means that a passport is required to be extended to its full validity of ten years from the date of passport, as earlier passport may have been issued for a short validity ( 1 to 5 years) under certain conditions on the part of the applicant. In lieu of of a lost or a damaged passport, a new passport is issued. Passport application form No. 2 is required to be filled out for police clearance certificate, deletion of ECR stamp, inclusion of spouse name, change of address or renewing a short term validity passort to its full term validity of ten years. Also a personal particulars form is required to be filled out for police verification report along with form No.1. This form can be filled out separately if required by the passport office for reverification and more than one form may be required if an application has resided at more than one places in last one year. You may check all the required items and updates from the concerned passport office.

The forms are very simple and easy to understand and contain very basic columns such as: Fee Amount, Cash, DD, Bank Code, Name of applicant, Surname, given name, sex, male, female, date of birth, place of birth, father name, mother name, legal guardian name, wife or husband name if married, address, permanent address, pin code, citizenship, existing or latest held passport details if any, emergency certificate details if applicable, educational qualifications, visible distinguishing mark, Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR) status, in case of minor details of parents passport, criminal or imprisonment details, any criminal proceedings pending before Court in India, details about refused/denied passport earlier, your passport ever been impounded/revoked, political asylum in any other country details, emergency contact details in case of accident or death, details of valid visas, if govt employee the gazetted or not, photographs, some proofs and signature or thumb impresson, Citizenship of India by: Birth Descent Registration Naturalization, references, previous passport details and declaration from applicant is required.


News Archive from the web...

Tatkal scheme: HC summons Chief Passport Officer
Express Buzz - 22 Sep 2010
Petitioner contended that no proof for urgency was required for the out-of-turn issuance of passport under the Tatkal scheme ...

Court summons Chief Passport Officer
The Hindu - 22 Sep 2010
As per the notification no proof of urgency is required for tatkal passport. A post-police verification shall be done in respective of all passports issued ...

Explain tatkal irregularities: Madras HC to chief passport officer
Times of India - 22 Sep 2010
CHENNAI: Alarmed at the high incidence of issuance of Tatkal passports on the basis of fake and forged documents, the Madras high Court has summoned the ...

Appear in person - Madras HC to Chief Passport Officer
Law et al. Media - 22 Sep 2010
... the Joint Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs - the Chief Passport Officer, ... the amendment of rules to issue passport under tatkal scheme ...

Plea against tatkal passport: Madras HC summons MEA official
IBNLive.com - 22 Sep 2010
In reply the External Affairs Minister allegedly admitted that several passports had been arranged with fake documents or fake identities ...

Mumbai ePassports to be issued by May 2011
Security Document World (press release) - 16 Sep 2010
... Mumbai's Regional Passport Officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said that his office would ... tatkal and other cases where police verification was not required ...

72-hour passport service takes off in Chandigarh
Times of India - Aug 20, 2010
Speaking to TOI an official of Regional Passport Office Sector 34 saidWe have started the tatkal services in the Tricity besides Ludhiana and Ambala But it ...

Passport online registration system modified
Times of India - Jul 24, 2010
HYDERABAD Keeping in view the rush the Regional Passport Office Secunderabad ... within 30 days of online registration either at passport officein Tatkal or ...

Man held in fake passport racket - Chennai
Times of India - Jul 24, 2010
The moment we saw the passport we realised they were fake and the ... Chennai were charged with issuing Tatkal passports based on forged and fake documents ...

7 held for 'hacking' Hyderabad Passport office website
Times of India - Jun 4, 2010
... who allegedly hacked the website of Regional Passport Office and blocked the ... for registration of Passport applications online under 'Tatkal' scheme ...

Now, passports at doorstep in 3 days
Economic Times - May 27, 2010
These centres will ensure issuance of tatkal passports to applicants within hours. The Passport Seva Project aims to issue passports in three days as ...

Longer wait for passport seekers
Deccan Herald - Apr 15, 2010
Obtaining a passport is now taking more time than usual and the delay ... with their databases and in cases of passports issued under tatkal they would have ...

Measures to detect bogus papers
The Hindu - Apr 3, 2010
Passport Officer B Balamurugan told The Hindu that the Coimbatore Passport Office recently detected cases of more than 60 passports issued under tatkal for ...

Tatkal system on pilot basis
The Hindu - Mar 31, 2010
... apply for passport driving licence ration card gas telephone connections and ... We thought about a fast track channel and came up with the tatkal system.

Getting a passport could soon be hassle free
Sify - Mar 7, 2010
Tatkal applicants could get the passport the same day. Currently, it takes around 30 to 45 days for non-Tatkal passports and a minimum of seven days for ...

Four cities to test TCS service in passport delivery
Indian Express - Feb 26, 2010
The Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is set to set up four passport ... three working days while dispatching passports under Tatkal scheme on the same day. ...

Passport trouble drives Jaipur teen to suicide
NDTV.com - Feb 23, 2010
What she needed first was a passport which she applied for under thetatkal or fasttrack scheme The documents she submitted had to be verified by the head of ...

HC asks CBI not to arrest Sanjay Dixit
Times of India - Feb 17, 2010
... into the alleged role played by him in helping a historysheeter get a passport ... verifying his antecedents to get him a passport under tatkal scheme ...

UP govt tightens passport, gun procurement norms
Times of India - Feb 16, 2010
The Ghaziabad Regional Passport Office along with those located at Bareilly and Lucknow has been instructed to go slow on issuing tatkal passports For a long ...

Now, know your passport status through SMS
NDTV.com - Feb 15, 2010
Applicants can also get procedure for applying for passport and miscellaneous services procedure for tatkal services and other information by calling ...

CBI smashes passport racket, arrests 4 officials
Deccan Chronicle - Feb 9, 2010
New Delhi The CBI has smashed a passport racket being run from the Madurai ... Office Madurai entertained applications for fresh Tatkal passports based on ...

Chennai: CBI unearths fake passport racket, 8 held
NDTV.com - Feb, 2010
The accused, arrested in Madurai and Chennai, have been charged with issuing Tatkal passports based on forged and fake documents ...

Executive arrested for forging document to get passport
Sify - Feb 5, 2010
An executive of a multinational company was arrested for forging documents to get a passport under thetatkalfasttrack category police said Friday ...

CBI busts racket that allowed fake documents...
The Hindu - Feb 5, 2010
At the RPO in Madurai a random check of applications pertaining to passports issued under the tatkal scheme confirmed that documents such as birth ...

Thiruvananthapuram passport office faces space crunch
TopNews - Jan 27, 2010
In the last calendar year the office issued 133926 new passports settled 26283 miscellaneous passport issues and issued 28250 passports under thetatkal ...

Six 'tatkal' passports cancelled
The Hindu - Jan 23, 2010
MADURAI Six passports issued undertatkal scheme by the Regional Passport Office here in December had been cancelled following police verification reports ...

Dip in demand for passports in '09 - Hyderabad
Times of India - Jan 9, 2010
In Regional Passport OfficeRPO Hyderabad the number of passport ... from regular passports we have issued 55140 passports under the tatkal scheme In 2007 we ...

Manpower shortage hits passport office - Patna
Times of India - Dec 4, 2009
For the issuing of Tatkal passportswe normally take one week to deliver the passport But most of the applicants do not provide the copy of identity card It ...

TCS to pay penalty for delay in passport project
Siliconindia.com - Oct 13, 2009
Once this project gets started, it will take three days to issue passports after police verification and just one day under the tatkal (instant) scheme ...

For Tatkal passport,apply in 7 days now
Punjab Newsline - Oct 9, 2009
Now, Rs 1500 will be charged for all the cases getting passport under Tatkal scheme. He said, earlier, Rs 1,5000 were charged for a routine case under the ...

Passport in 3 days scheme postponed - Jaipur
Times of India - Oct 9, 2009
JAIPUR Your passport in three days the ambitious Rs 1100crore Passport Seva ... issue new passports within three working days and a tatkal one the same day ...

India to get e-passports next year
Digital Opportunity Channel - Sep 22, 2009
The Indian government next year will launch its epassport initiative as well as ... are made under thetatkal scheme for passports to be issued within a week ...

India Passports to Go Digital Next Year
BusinessWeek - Sep 21, 2009
The Indian government next year will launch its epassport initiative as well ... thetatkal scheme for passports to be issued within a week The Passport Seva ...

5 nabbed for passport racket - Delhi
Times of India - Sep 11, 2009
It was Nihal who gave Pradeep the idea of applying for passports for his clients under the tatkal scheme Nihal also provided Pradeep with some photo copies ...

Passport.
Calcutta Telegraph - Sep 6, 2009
Regional passport officer Padma Mohanty said that an electronic token display ... applications from Monday both for normal and tatkal category applicants ...

TCS to open 6 passport offices in October
Times of India - Sep 4, 2009
The much delayed 'Passport Seva Project' is expected to take off with this move. ... to three days and to one day under the Tatkal (immediate) scheme ...

TCS' new project to provide passport in 3 working days
Economic Times - Sep 3, 2009
However he said the company would open computerized passport ... project passports would be issued in three working days and under theTatkal scheme they ...

Bangalore to get India's first instant passport centre
Daily News & Analysis - Aug 11, 2009
It will also help the authorities issue passport the same day for tatkal category applicants. "Government plans to open 77 PSKs across the country ...

Indian agents ask for review of passport procedures
eTravelBlackboard - Asia Edition - Jul 15, 2009
Additionally TAAI again asked the regional passport officer to allow local travel agents to submit the passport applications under the Tatkal Scheme.

Kashmir Watch :: In-depth coverage on Kashmir conflict
Kashmir Watch - Jul 11, 2009
... Kashmir A large number of people have been refused passport without even ... of J&K have been denied the tatkal facility under which the passport can be ...

New facilities at passport office...
Hindu Business Line - Jun 24, 2009
For such service a fresh passport will be issued for the prescribed fees. Applicants can apply for such services under Tatkal category ...

No special treatment, approach RPO for passport: HC to Fiza
Indian Express - Jun 13, 2009
... the court to decide on a petition for the issuance of a fresh passport to Fiza ... needs a passport urgently she should apply under the Tatkaal scheme ...

I will see that citizens get passports within 3 days:...
Times of India - May 3, 2009
PANAJI: Rajya Sabha member Shantaram Naik on Saturday said that he will endeavour to see that passports are issued to citizens within three days, and tatkal ...

CBI to review all tatkal passports - Chennai
Times of India - Apr 27, 2009
CHENNAI: With the arrest of Chennai Regional Passport Officer Sumathi Ravichandran in connection with a tatkal passport racket, more than 85000 passports ...

Student's Swiss sojourn hangs in the balance - Bangalore
Times of India - Apr 25, 2009
... Symposium in Switzerland depends on the regional passport office ... learned he was invited for the symposium he applied for a new passport under tatkal ...

Chennai tops in issuing tatkal passports - Chennai
Times of India - Apr 3, 2009
CHENNAI: More Chennaiites seem to making last-minute international travel plans compared to the residents of other cities. Last year, the Regional Passport ...

Getting a passport set to become easier
Indian Express - Mar 31, 2009
... of passports to citizens The decision follows the award of Passport Seva ... 30 per cent is likely The fee charged for Tatkal services will also go up ...

Applications through Tatkal scheme
The Hindu - Mar 27, 2009
MADURAI The number of applications seeking passport through Tatkal had come down in the Madurai region said Passport Officer Jose K Mathew The number that ...

Passport Seva Kendra from April - Mangalore
Times of India - Feb 13, 2009
MANGALORE A fullfledged Passport Seva Kendra will start functioning at Ram ... which will also issuetatkal passports with in 24 hours of submitting the ...

India to Introduce Biometric Passports
SecurityInfoWatch - Feb 6, 2009
The time for issuing passports under the Tatkal system too has been reduced Instead of 20 days passports will now be issued in 14 days ...

Tatkal ticket to human trafficking
Daily News & Analysis - Jan 26, 2009
Bangalore Many of the persons involved in the human trafficking case had been smuggled out of the country on tatkal passports issued in their names police ...

Saina gets passport, can take part in Malaysia tourney
IBNLive.com - Dec 13, 2008
It generally takes 15 days for reissuing a new passport. In this case seeing the urgency she should have applied through tatkal facility ...

TCS, Govt tie-up to provide passports in just 3 days
IBNLive.com - Oct 14, 2008
It is hoped this will cut the current 45-days waiting period for a passport to just three days after verification. Also, it is believed that tatkal passport ...

Get a Passport in 72...
CXOToday.com - Oct 14, 2008
... people had to wait endlessly in the queue for passport application With a ... in procuring Tatkal passport within a day and a normal passport delivery ...

CBI raids residence of passport officials at Kochi
SINDH TODAY - Oct 3, 2008
Speaking to IANS Friday G Raveendran regional passport officer at Kochi ... out that according to present rules a passport is issued under the tatkal scheme ...

E-passport roll out in ordinary category by Sept 2009
Economic Times - Sep 14, 2008
The government has already started implementation of the 'Passport Seva Project' , ... 'Tatkal' passports would be issued on the day of submission of the ...

Passport office inauguration
The Hindu - Sep 10, 2008
Coimbatore The 12000sq ft fully computerised passport office in the ... to 30 per cent of them were tatkal passports Ms Ravichandran said Chennai probably ...

Passport office to go fully online
The Hindu - Aug 16, 2008
The prevailing system only permits Tatkaalemergency passport applicants to make online submission of applications But even they should file a hardcopy of ...

Passport issuance needs to be stricter in south India
SINDH TODAY - Aug 1, 2008
Giving an instance he said some people try to apply for a passport under the Tatkal scheme with fake documents. If the people at the counter become ...

Kashmir Singh not being given a passport Sindh Today
SINDH TODAY - Jul 29, 2008
He applied for a passport in May under the TatkalImmediate scheme and says he has been visiting the RPO in Jalandhar from his village Nangal Choran near ...

Touts creep around Amritsar passport office
Expressindia.com - Jul 24, 2008
The passport officials have rounded up about six such persons in the past ... got passport under tatkal scheme on the same day without paying extra money ...

Passport office inauguration
The Hindu - Jul 4, 2008
The new passport office will handle all applications for fresh passport renewal tatkal and requests for miscellaneous endorsements on passports ...

Passports under Tatkal service to be issued within a day
The Hindu - Jun 28, 2008
Amritsar: Passports under Tatkal service will be issued within a day of application once the new Passport Seva Project gets underway next year ...

The Assam Tribune Online
Assam Tribune - Apr 25, 2008
To avoid delays in acquiring passports through the regular process a section of people are also applying through the Tatkal scheme Students and ...

Passport Collection Centre Shifted to Old
Daijiworld.com - Feb 25, 2008
Mangalore Feb 25 The passport collection centre of Ministry of External ... nearly 30 to 45 days to get the passports in individual cases while under Tatkal ...

Madurai passport office gets
The Hindu - Dec 18, 2007
The office will provide all services including issue of tatkal and diplomat passports ... This will be the first airconditioned passport office in the State ...

Madurai passport office
The Hindu - Dec 4, 2007
Similarly, renewal of passports would be completed by 15 days. Under tatkal scheme, new passports would be given within 14 days and renewal done in three ...

Passport Seva Project
The Hindu - Dec 3, 2007
NEW DELHI The Union government has decided to launch thePassport Seva Project to ... days under the Tatkal scheme on payment of an additional fee of Rs1500 ...

Online Reg for Passport mandatory from Oct 1
Oneindia - Sep 26, 2007
The Regional Passport Office here announced that ... registration mandatory for filing applications under the Tatkal category ...

It's easier to get a passport now
IBNLive.com - Sep 7, 2007
New Delhi: Getting a passport is easier now. Starting October, the Government will open 68 new passport offices across the country. Managed by private players, these offices will issue passports within three days of police verification. Tatkaal passports and a change of address in existing passports will be made the same day. However, a change in name will take three days...

Jumbo booklet passport reintroduced
Frontline - Sep 7, 2007
CHENNAI: Distribution of jumbo booklet passports began at the Regional Passport Office here on Thursday. Industrialist M.A.M.R. Muthiah, Managing Director, Chettinad Cements, and S. Karthi, actor, received the first two booklets from Sumathi Ravichandran, Regional Passport Officer. ...




International Passports


Abkhazian passport
The Abkhazian passport is issued to citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia for the purpose of international travel and for the purpose of legal identification within Abkhazia. As Abkhazia is only recognised by Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Nauru, many Abkhazians also have Russian passports, which in practice are more useful for international travel.

Afghan passport
The Afghan passport is issued to citizens of Afghanistan for international travel.

Albanian passport
The Albanian passport is a travel and identity document that is issued to citizens who are nationals of Albania, and allows them to travel abroad.

Algerian passport
The Algerian passport is issued to citizens of Algeria for international travel. When issued, the Algerian passport is normally valid for five years.

Andorran passport
The Andorran passport is issued to citizens of Andorra for international travels

Angolan passport
An Angolan passport is a travel document issued to citizens of Angola to facilitate international travel. Passports are issued by the Migration and Foreigners Services (Serviços de Migração e Estrangeiros) office in Luanda Passports issued by the previous issuing body, the National Directorate of Emigration and Borders of Angola (Dnefa), became invalid on April 19, 2001

Anguillan passport
The Anguillan passport is a British passport issued to British Overseas Territories citizens with a connection to the Anguilla by the Passport Office of the Government of Anguilla.

Antigua and Barbuda passport
The Antigua and Barbuda passport is issued to citizens of Antigua and Barbuda for international travel.

Argentine passport
Argentine passports are issued exclusevely by the Argentine Federal Police to citizens of Argentina. Their primary use is to facilitate international travel. Argentine passports are valid for travel all over the world, even though some countries may require a visa. For traveling across South America (except the Guyanas), Argentines do not need to use a passport, as they may use their National Identity Document (DNI).

Armenian passport
Armenian Passports are issued to Armenian citizens to travel outside of Armenia. It is also used as proof of identity within the country.

Australian passport
Australian passports are issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, both in Australia and overseas. Since 1984, Australian passports are issued only to citizens of Australia.

Austrian passport
Austrian passports are issued to citizens of Austria to facilitate international travel.

Azerbaijani passport
The Azerbaijani passport, being the property of the Republic of Azerbaijan, is issued to the citizens of Azerbaijan for international travels. An ordinary passport is valid for 10 years (since 2008) from the time which is issued and contains 34 pages for special notes and visas. It is in both Azerbaijani and English languages.

Bahamian passport
The Bahamian passport is issued to citizens of the Bahamas for international travel.

Bahraini passport
The Bahraini passport is issued to citizens of Bahrain for international travel. They are made available through the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports & Residence.

Bangladeshi passport
The Bangladesh passport is issued to citizens of Bangladesh for international travel. The passport may be issued by the Government of The People's Republic of Bangladesh or by any of its overseas missions to any Bangladeshi citizen who are citizens by birth or by descent. The passport of Bangladesh is valid in all countries of the world except Israel due to the absence of any diplomatic relations between the two countries, as Bangladesh does not recognize the state of Israel.

Barbados passport
Barbados passports are issued to citizens of Barbados to facilitate international travel.

Belarusian passport
A Belarusian passport is issued to citizens of Belarus and is used for both travelling abroad and internal use. Unlike Russia and Ukraine, there are no "internal passports" in Belarus. Passports are issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to those who live in Belarus and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to those citizens who live abroad. "AB" series passports are assigned to Brest region, "BM" series passports - Vitebsk region, "HB" series passports - Gomel region, "KH" series passports - Grodno region, "MP" series passports - Minsk city, "MC" series passports - Minsk region, "KB" series passports - Mogilev region, "PP" series passports are assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Passports are issued to citizens at any age. Every citizen who gained the age of 16 years are encouraged to get a passport. Passports are reissued at 16, 25 and 45 years old age. Passports have blue covers.

Belgian passport
Belgian passports are issued to citizens of Belgium to facilitate international travel. The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs is responsible for the issuing and renewing of Belgian passports.

Belizean passport
Belizean Passports are issued to Belizean citizens to travel outside of Belize.

Bolivian passport
The Bolivian passport is issued to citizens of Bolivia for international travel.

Bosnia and Herzegovina passport
The Bosnia and Herzegovina passport is a passport issued to citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina for international travel.

Botswana passport
The Botswana passport is issued to citizens of Botswana for international travel.

Brazilian passport
The Brazilian passport is the official document for foreign travel issued by the Brazilian government, through the Brazilian Federal Police. It is unclear from the references so far whether Brazilian citizens need a current or expired passport in order to re-enter Brasil. A new model was officially introduced in December 2006 that complies with both Mercosul and ICAO standards, but as of February 2009, the previous model, three decades old, is still being issued at some places. So, in practice there are two models. As a rule, Brazilian passports are valid for five years from the date of issue. They cannot be renewed: a new passport must be obtained when the previous one has expired or a minimum validity period is required by the country to be visited. However, Brazilian passports can be ordered by mail for a duration of 3 years at the Brazilian consulate that has jurisdiction over the person's residence in a foreign country. The instructions say that whether applying for a "new" passport or a "renewal", the same application is used. Brazilian citizens do not need a passport when traveling to other Mercosul countries (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), as well as to Bolivia, Colombia, Peru or Chile. For these countries, they may use just their domestic identification cards, issued by state governments.

British passport
British passports may be issued to people holding any of the various forms of British nationality, and are used as evidence of the bearer's nationality and immigration status within the United Kingdom or the issuing state/territory.

British Virgin Islands passport
The British Virgin Islands passport is a British passport issued to British Overseas Territories citizens with a connection to the British Virgin Islands by the Deputy Governor's Office.

Bruneian passport
Bruneian passports are issued to citizens of Brunei for the purpose of international travel.

Bulgarian passport
The Bulgarian passport is an international travel document issued to nationals of Bulgaria, and may also serve as proof of Bulgarian citizenship. Every Bulgarian citizen is also a citizen of the European Union.

Burmese passport
The Burmese passport or the Myanmar passport is the passport issued to citizens and nationals of Burma.

Burundian passport
The Burundian passport is issued to citizens of Burundi for international travel.

Cameroonian passport
The Cameroonian passport is issued to citizens of Cameroon for international travel.

Canadian passport
A Canadian passport is a passport issued to citizens of Canada for the purpose of international travel; allowing the bearer to travel in foreign countries in accordance with visa requirements; facilitating the process of securing assistance from Canadian consular officials abroad, if necessary; and requesting the protection of the passport holder while abroad. A Canadian passport is not a primary proof of Canadian citizenship within Canada and therefore cannot be used for the purpose of obtaining a citizenship certificate, an enhanced driver's licence or identification card. All Canadian passports are issued by Passport Canada, a special branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and are valid for five years, except that those of children under age three are valid for three years. As of July 2009, 56.2% of Canadians held a valid Canadian passport. Although held by individuals, all Canadian passports remain property of Her Majesty in right of Canada. On April 7, 2010, Passport Canada announced that in 2012, Canada will begin issuing electronic passports, or ePassports, to all its citizens. The use of ePassports will allow Canada to follow international standards in the field of passport security to protect the nation's borders and maintain the ease of international travel that Canadians currently enjoy. At the same time, Passport Canada will start offering the option of a 10-year validity period as well as the current 5-year validity period.

Cape Verdean passport
The Cape Verdean passport is issued to citizens of Cape Verde for international travel.

Chilean passport
Chilean passports are issued to citizens of Chile to facilitate international travel. They are valid for worldwide travel, unless a visa is required by the country the passport holder intends to visit. Citizens of Chile do not need a passport when traveling to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. For these countries, they may use just their domestic identification cards called "CEDULA DE IDENTIDAD" Chilean passports are valid for a period of 5 years from the date of issue, and the validity may not be extended. Since the introduction of machine-readable passports, family passports are no longer issued.

Colombian passport
Colombian passports are issued to citizens of Colombia for the purpose of international travel.

Costa Rican passport
Costa Rican passports are issued to Costa Rican citizens to travel outside of Costa Rica. Currently, it is valid for 6 years (10 years before 2006). It is issued to people born on Costa Rican soil (who are citizens by default), and to children of Costa Rican citizens born abroad, who are reported to the nearest Costa Rican embassy (who, immediately after such report, become citizens too).

Croatian passport
Croatian passport (Croatian: Hrvatska putovnica) is issued to citizens of the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of international travel. The passport has the purpose of serving as proof of Croatian citizenship and identity. Responsibility for their issuance lies with the Ministry of the Interior; and for citizens abroad, passports are issued by the local embassy or consulate. Croatian passports are valid for ten or five years, and are not renewable.Croatia started issuing biometric passports on July 1, 2009

Cuban passport
Cuban passports are issued to citizens of Cuba to facilitate international travel.They are typically valid for 2 years from the date of issuance, and can be renewed twice (for another two years at a time).

Cypriot passport
Cypriot passports are issued to Cyprus citizens to travel outside of the island of Cyprus. For traveling inside the European Union, Cyprus citizens can use their ID card. The Civil Registry and Migration Department is responsible for issuing and renewing Cypriot Passports. Despite the continuing political division of Cyprus, all Cypriot passports contain text in Greek as well as Turkish and English, as Greek and Turkish are the official languages of the Republic of Cyprus.

Czech passport
The Czech passport (Czech: cestovní pas, pas) is issued to Czech citizens at any age, and is the primary document of international travel issued by the Czech Republic. The passport, along with the national identity card allows for free rights of movement and residence in any of the states of the European Union and European Free Trade Association. The passport is issued by the Interior Ministry (Ministerstvo vnitra), and as is internationally customary remains property of the Czech Republic and can be withdrawn at any time. It is a valid Proof of Citizenship document according to the Czech nationality law. Citizens can hold multiple passports at the same time, and children can be included in the passport. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sporadically issues a list of nations with visa-free travel arrangements with the Czech Republic.

Danish passport
Danish passports are issued to citizens of the kingdom of Denmark to facilitate international travel. Different versions exist for nationals of Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands although all citizens have the same nationality.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea passport
Democratic People's Republic of Korea passports may be issued to citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for international travel. The privilege of obtaining a passport in North Korea is limited to a select few. Membership of the Korean Workers' Party is effectively a requisite, as well as being well-placed within the government.

Democratic Republic of the Congo passport
The DRC passport is issued to citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for international travel. On 1 January 2010, the Government officially invalidated all passports not of the series OB, even if the expiry date was beyond the 1st January 2010. Because passports not of the series OB were no longer considered valid travel documents from that date onwards, holders were obliged to apply for new DRC passports in order to travel.

Djibouti passport
The Djibouti passport is issued to citizens of Djibouti for international travel.

Dominica passport
The Dominica passport is issued to citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica for international travel.

Dominican Republic passport
Dominican Republic passports are issued to citizens of the Dominican Republic to travel outside of the country.

Dutch passport
A Dutch passport is issued to citizens of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Dutch: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden) for the purpose of international travel. As the Netherlands only distinguish one category of citizen (Nederlandse (Dutch), NLD), for all countries in the Kingdom, passports are the same for all three countries. The passport also serves as a means of identification as required by the Dutch law since January 1, 2005 for all persons over the age of fourteen. Dutch passports are valid for a period of five years from issuing date. The passport complies to the rules (EG 2252/04) specified by the European Union. Since August 26, 2006 all passports are issued as a biometric passport with an embedded contactless smartcard RFID chip for storing biometric data.

Ecuadorian passport
The Ecuadorian passport is issued to citizens of Ecuador for international travel. It is issued by the Andean Community of Nations, and is a type of Andean passport. The Ecuador passport is normally issued for 6 years and has the benefit of having "visa-free" status for several South American and Central American nations.

Egyptian passport
Egyptian passports are issued to nationals of Egypt for the purpose of international travel. Besides serving as a proof of Egyptian citizenship, they facilitate the process of securing assistance from Egyptian consular officials abroad if needed. Egyptian passports are valid for seven years for adults, and is issued for lesser periods for school or college students, or those who have not finalized their status of the military conscription. The Egyptian Passport is not renewable; one must apply for a new passport after their original has expired. Starting in 2008, The Egyptian government introduced newer machine readable passports (MRP), in order to comply with international passport standards and ICAO requirements. The newer passports offer better security and state-of-the-art anti forging parameters. However, it seems that the new passports are printed on soft material that makes them prone to wear and damage much faster than the older ones especially because the new passports have soft covers.

Emirati passport
The Emirati passport is issued to citizens of the United Arab Emirates for international travel. In a press conference in December 2009, the UAE Ministry of Interior announced that the German company Bundesdruckerei has won the international tender for the issuance of the new Emirati Biometric Passport which will probably start in late 2010.

Eritrean passport
The Eritrean passport is issued to citizens of Eritrea for international travel. Citizens are not issued passports prior to completion of military service.

Estonian alien's passport
An Estonian Alien's Passport (Estonian: Välismaalase Pass) is an identity document, as well as a travel document of a stateless person of undefined citizenship residing in Estonia, issued by the Citizenship and Migration Board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Estonian passport
An Estonian Passport is an identity document as well as a travel document of an Estonian citizen issued by the Citizenship and Migration Board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Estonia and by Estonian foreign representations abroad.

Ethiopian passport
The Ethiopian Passport is a travel document issued to citizens of Ethiopia for international travel. The document is a biometric machine-readable passport with a burgundy cover with the text "Federal democratic Republic of Ethiopia" above the coat of arms, and the text "passport" below it in English and Amharic. The passport is valid for 5 years and contains 32 pages.

Finnish passport
Finnish passports are issued to nationals of Finland for the purpose of international travel. Aside from serving as proof of Finnish nationality, they facilitate the process of securing assistance from Finnish consular officials abroad or other EU-members in case a Finnish consular is absent, if needed. Finnish passports share the standardised layout and burgundy-red design with other EU countries.

French passport
French passports are issued to nationals of the French Republic for the purpose of international travel. Besides serving as indication of French citizenship (but not proof; the possession of a French passport only establishes the presumption of French citizenship according to French law), they facilitate the process of securing assistance from French consular officials abroad or other EU-members in case a French consular is absent, if needed. French passports are valid for ten years. French Citizens can visit 168 countries without a visa or with visa on arrival. French Citizens can live and work in any country within the European Union as a result of the right of free movement and residence granted in Article 21 of the EU Treaty.

Gabonese passport
Gabonese passports are issued to Gabonese citizens to travel outside of Gabon.

Georgian passport
Georgian passports are issued to citizens of Georgia to facilitate international travel.

German passport
German passports are issued to nationals of Germany for the purpose of international travel. A German passport is, besides the German Personalausweis, the only other officially recognized document that German (and most other EU) authorities will routinely accept as proof of identity from German citizens. Besides serving as proof of identity and presumption of German nationality, they facilitate the process of securing assistance from German consular officials abroad (or other EU-members in the case that a German consular facility is absent). German passports are valid for ten years (for people older than 24) or six years (for people until the age of 24) and share the standardised layout and burgundy red design with other EU passports.

Gibraltar passport
The Gibraltar passport is a British passport issued to Gibraltarians and other British residents in Gibraltar. As a result of the British Nationality Act 1981 Gibraltarians were British Overseas Territories citizens by default, but could apply for registration as a British Citizen ("an entitlement that cannot be refused") under section 5 of the Act. They are considered UK Nationals for EU Community purposes (making them full citizens of the European Union) with all consequential rights and entitlements. Under The British Overseas Territories Act (2002) all British Overseas Territories Citizens have the right to register as British Citizens.Gibraltar passports are issued by the Gibraltar Passport Office. Subsequent to 2005, passports issued in Gibraltar have been biometric.

Greek passport
reek passports are issued exclusively to Greek citizens for the purpose of international travel. Greek citizens can use their ID card instead for travel within the European Union and a number of other European countries. Biometric passports have been issued since 26 August 2006, with old-style passports being declared invalid as of 1 January 2007. Since June 2009, the passport's RFID chip includes two index fingerprints as well as a high resolution JPEG image of the passport holder.

Grenadian passport
The Grenadian passport is issued to citizens of Grenada for international travel. When issued, the Grenadian passport is normally valid for five years. New applicants are issued with a Caribbean Community Grenada Passport. Philip Agee, a former CIA intelligence officer turned whistleblower was issued with a Grenadian passport in 1980 when his US passport was withdrawn. Following the government policy reversal in 1984 on Grenada's controversial 'economic citizenship programme', the then Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell refused to reveal who had benefited from the scheme by receiving a Grenadian passport, citing 'the best interest of the country and its national security' as his reasons for not doing so.

Guatemalan passport
Guatemalan Passports are issued to Guatemalan citizens to travel outside of Guatemala. Guatemalan citizens enjoy visa-free access to approximately 100 countries and territories

Guernsey passport
The Guernsey passport is a British passport issued by the Passport Office of the Guernsey Border Agency in St Peter Port to British citizens connected to the Crown Dependency of Guernsey.

Guyanese passport
The Guyanese passport is issued to citizens of Guyana for international travel. As of July 2008, Guyana has begun issuing the common Caribbean passport, featuring the logo of the Caribbean Community on the cover.

Haitian passport
The Haitian passport is issued to citizens of Haiti for international travel. To obtain a Haitian passport, one must be a Haitian citizen and furnish proof thereof. The Haitian Constitution does not allow people who were born in Haiti but who later changed their nationality to obtain Haitian passports.

Honduran passport
Honduran Passports are issued to Honduran citizens to travel outside of Honduras.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport is an international travel document that is issued to permanent residents of Hong Kong who are citizens of the People's Republic of China. In accordance with the Basic Law, since the transfer of sovereignty on 1 July 1997, the passport has been issued by the Immigration Department of the Government of Hong Kong under the prerogative of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China. As the official languages of Hong Kong are English and Chinese, all the passport's text is bilingual in both Chinese (traditional characters) and English.

Hungarian passport
Hungarian passports are issued to Hungarian citizens for international travel by The Central Data Processing, Registration and Election Office of the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior.

Icelandic passport
Icelandic Passports are issued to citizens of Iceland for the purpose of international travel.

Indian passport
Indian passports are issued to citizens of India for the purpose of international travel. They act as proof of Indian nationality. The Consular Passport & Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, functioning as the central passport organisation, is responsible for issuance of Indian passports to all eligible Indian citizens. Passports are issued from 37 locations across the country and 160 Indian missions abroad. Regular Passport (Blue cover) - Issued for ordinary travel, such as vacations and business trips (36 or 60 pages). Diplomatic Passport (Maroon cover) - Issued to Indian diplomats, top ranking government officials and diplomatic couriers. Official Passport (White cover) - Issued to individuals representing the Indian government on official business. In addition, select passport offices in India as well as overseas missions are authorised to issue Regular Indo-Bangladesh passports and Indo-Sri Lankan passports, to Indian nationals resident in West Bengal, the North Eastern States, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. These two passports permit travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka only and are not valid for travel to other foreign countries.

Indonesian passport
Indonesian passport is a travel document issued by the Government of Indonesia to Indonesian citizens only, residing in Indonesia or overseas.

Iranian passport
Iranian passports are issued to nationals of Iran for the purpose of international travel. The passport serves as a proof of Iranian citizenship.

Iraqi passport
The Iraqi passport is issued to citizens of Iraq for international travel. New A series passports are being issued as of Feb 1, 2010.

Irish passport
Irish passports are issued by the Consular and Passport Division of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin, Ireland.

Iroquois passport
The Iroquois passport is a form of identification and an “expression of sovereignty" used by the nationals of the Iroquois League (Iroquois: Haudenosaunee).

Israeli passport
The Israeli passport is issued to citizens of the State of Israel for the purpose of international travel and entitles the bearer to the protection of Israel's consular officials overseas. Israeli law allows Israeli citizens to hold foreign passports as well, but requires that the Israeli passport be used when entering and leaving Israel. This regulation was introduced officially into law in 2002, after having been legally contested on several occasions.

Italian passport
Italian passports are issued to Italian citizens to travel outside of Italy. For travelling within the European Union, Italian citizens can use their ID card. Biometric passports have been available since October 26, 2006.

Ivorian passport
The Ivorian Passport is issued to citizens of Côte d'Ivoire for international travel. The passport is written in French.

Jamaican passport
The Jamaican passport is issued to citizens of Jamaica for international travel.

Japanese passport
Japanese passports are issued to Japanese citizens to travel outside Japan.

Jersey passport
The Jersey passport is a British passport issued by the Passport Office of the Jersey Government in St Helier to British citizens connected to the Crown Dependency of Jersey.

Jordanian passport
The Jordanian passport is issued by the Civil Status and Passport Department (CSPD) to citizens of Jordan for international travel

Kazakhstani passport
Kazakh passports are issued to citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan to facilitate international travel. Within the Republic of Kazakhstan citizens are required to use internal identification card which can also be used for travel to Russian Federation, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Azerbaijan. The Kazakh Ministry of Justice started issuing biometric passports on January 5, 2009.

Kenyan passport
The Kenyan passport is issued to citizens of Kenya for international travel.

Kosovan passport
The Kosovan passport is a travel document that is issued to the citizens of the disputed Republic of Kosovo[a]. The document facilitates international travel as well as serving as proof of citizenship.

Kuwaiti passport
The Kuwaiti passport is issued to citizens of Kuwait for international travel.

Kyrgyzstani passport
The Kyrgyzstani passport is issued to citizens of Kyrgyzstan for international travel.

Latvian passport
latvian passports are issued to citizens of Latvia to facilitate international travel if needed, and are obligatory when a person turns 16. Passport is valid for 5 years (if citizen is older than 60 years, then valid for 10 years). For traveling inside the European Union, Latvian citizens can use their ID card (can'tbe used in airlines). Non-citizen passports, and refugee travel documents (in a passport-like format), are also issued.

Lebanese passport
The Lebanese passport is issued to citizens of Lebanon for international travel. "The republic of Lebanon, Passport" is written on the cover page in both French and Arabic languages. The contents of the passport are written in Arabic, French and English languages.

Lesotho passport
Lesotho Passports are issued to citizen of Lesotho to travel outside of the country.

Libyan passport
The Libyan passport is issued to citizens of Libya for international travel.

Liechtenstein passport
Liechtenstein passports are issued to nationals of Liechtenstein for the purpose of international travel. The passport may also serve as proof of Liechtensteiner citizenship.

Lithuanian passport
A Lithuanian passport is an official document, issued to Lithuanian citizens to identify themselves or to facilitate travel outside of Lithuania. Recently, a national Lithuanian identity card was introduced, which can be used in lieu of a national passport for travel solely within the European Union and other European countries such as Turkey and Switzerland.

Luxembourgian passport
The Luxembourgian Passport is issued to citizens of Luxembourg for international travel.

Macao Special Administrative Region passport
Macao Special Administrative Region is an international travel document that is issued to permanent residents of Macao who are citizens of the People's Republic of China. In accordance with the Macau Basic Law, since the transfer of sovereignty on 20 December 1999, the passport has been issued by the Direcção dos Serviços de Identificação of the Macau Government under the prerogative of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China. The official languages of Macao are Portuguese and Chinese; consequently, all the passport's text is in Chinese (traditional characters) and Portuguese, as well as in English.

Macedonian passport
The Macedonian passport is issued to citizens of the Republic of Macedonia for the purpose of international travel. Responsibility for their issuance lies with the Ministry of the Interior. The validity of the passport is 5 years for persons under the age of 27, and 10 years for those 27 years of age and older. For children ages four and under the validity of the passport is limited to two years. Macedonian passports conform with recommended standards (i.e., size, composition, layout, technology) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The latest Macedonian passport is a biometric passport.

Malagasy passport
The Malagasy passport is issued to citizens of Madagascar for international travel.

Malaysian passport
The Malaysian passport (Malay: Pasport Malaysia) is the passport issued to citizens of Malaysia by the Immigration Department of Malaysia (Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia). They were formerly designated Paspot Malaysia, but the spelling was changed to Pasport in the 1980s. The main legislation governing the production of passports and travel documents, their possession by persons entering and leaving Malaysia, and related matters is the Passport Act 1966. According to The Henley Visa Restrictions Index-Global Ranking 2010 which was compiled by Henley & Partners, Malaysian passport was ranked no.13 in travel freedom and visa-free access. Malaysia was placed after Japan (no.6), Singapore (no.11) and on par with South Korea.

Maldivian passport
Maldivian passport is a proof of citizenship issued to the nationals of Maldives for traveling purposes.

Maltese passport
The Maltese passport is a European Union passport that is issued to citizens of the Maltese Islands for travel outside the European Union and European Economic Area.

Manx passport
The Isle of Man passport is a British passport issued by the Chief Secretary's Office of the Isle of Man Government to British citizens and British subjects connected to the Crown Dependency of the Isle of Man.

Marshallese passport
The Marshallese Passport is an international travel document that is issued to Marshallese citizens.

Mauritian passport
Mauritian Passports are issued to citizens of Mauritius for travel outside of the country.

Mexican passport
Mexican passports are issued to Mexican citizens for the purpose of traveling abroad. The Mexican passport is also an official ID and proof of Mexican citizenship.

Moldovan passport
The Moldovan passports are issued to citizens of Moldova for the purpose of international travel. The passport is issued by the State Enterprise and Information Resources Centre "Registru" and by Moldovan foreign representations abroad. The validity of the passport is 5 years for persons under age of 16 and for 10 years for the age of 16 and older. Since January 1, 2006 Moldovan citizens have the possibility to hold two passports with the same identification code simultaneously.

Monégasque passport
The Monégasque passport is issued to citizens of Monaco for international travel.

Mongolian passport
A Mongolian passport is a document which authorises and facilitates travel and other activities in Mongolia or by Mongols. In medieval times, the Mongol Empire issued passports (gerege) to officials and emissaries. This authorised them to claim facilities for travel throughout the empire using the yam (Örtöö) system of relay stations which provided food and remounts. Nowadays, all Mongolian citizens are required to register and apply for a civil passport (now called a civil ID card, within 30 days of reaching the age of 16. This is a form of identity document for these often nomadic people. Foreign travel passports are issued to citizens of Mongolia for international travel. New Mongolian passports are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Ulaanbaatar or at Mongolian Embassies worldwide.

Montenegrin passport
The Montenegrin passport (Montenegrin: pasoš) is the primary document of international travel issued by Montenegro. The passport is issued by the Ministry of Interior or, if the citizen resides abroad, at the embassy. Besides serving as proof of identity and of citizenship, they facilitate the process of securing assistance from Montenegrin consular officials abroad, if needed. Citizens can not have multiple passports at the same time.

Montserratian passport
The Montserratian passport is a British passport issued to British Overseas Territories citizens with a connection to the Montserrat by the Department of Administration of the Montserrat Government. Although Montserrat is a full member of the Caribbean Community, its passport does not conform to the CARICOM passport common design.

Moroccan passport
The Moroccan passport is issued to citizens of Morocco for international travel. Starting 15 December 2009, a biometric passport will be available for all new applicants.

Namibian passport
Namibian passports are issued to citizens of Namibia to travel internationally.

Nauruan passport
The Nauruan Passport is an international travel document that is issued to Nauran citizens.

Nepalese passport
Nepalese passports are issued to the citizens of Nepal for international travel. The Nepalese passport is still hand written and many incidents of forged passports have come to light in recent times. To control this the Nepalese Foreign Affairs ministry will start issuing Machine Readable Passports from 2010. Nepalese passports are stamped with the label mentioning "Not Valid for Travel to Iraq".

New Zealand passport
New Zealand passports are issued to citizens of New Zealand for the purpose of international travel. The Department of Internal Affairs is responsible for issuing New Zealand passports.

Nicaraguan passport
The Nicaraguan passport is issued to citizens of Nicaragua for international travel.

Nigerian passport
Nigerian passports are issued to Nigerian citizens to travel abroad.

Northern Cypriot passport
Holders of a Northern Cypriot Citizen passport can visit 7 countries in the world. These countries are: Australia, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, France, Syria, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Norwegian passport
Norwegian Passports are issued to nationals of Norway for the purpose of international travel. The passport may also serve as proof of Norwegian citizenship. They are valid for ten years and share the standardized layout and the colour is burgundy-red. The colour is similar, but not identical to the design of most EU countries. Despite the fact Norway is not part of the EU, the country is a signatory of the Schengen Agreement and a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA). Consequently, Norwegian citizens generally have the same rights as EU citizens in EEA countries and are treated as EU citizens for the purposes of travel and entry into EEA countries.

Omani passport
The Omani passport is issued to citizens of Oman for international travel. Omani passports are issued by the Royal Omani Police or at an Omani Embassy overseas.

Pakistani passport
Pakistani passports are issued to the citizens of Pakistan for the purpose of international travel. Directorate General Immigration and Passports of Ministry of Interior is responsible for issuing the passport. Pakistan's Machine Readable and biometric passports are currently being issued from regional passports offices and Pakistani embassies.

Palauan passport
The Palauan Passport is an international travel document that is issued to Palauan citizens which is issued centrally at the Passport Office in Meyuns, Palau.

Palestinian Authority passport
Palestinian Authority passports (jawaz safr) are passports issued since April 1995 by the Palestinian Authority to Palestinian residents of the Palestinian territories for the purpose of international travel. The Palestinian Authority passport is available to anyone on production of a birth certificate showing that they were born in Palestine. What constitutes "Palestine" for this purpose is not clear. In practice only residents of areas under the Palestinian Authority jurisdiction can apply. Whether Palestinians born outside Palestine could apply for the passport is also not clear. However, the passport holder is subject to additional restrictions imposed by the Israeli government. For example, Palestinians with passports from other countries are required by Israel to exit and enter the Palestinian territories through either Ben Gurion International Airport or an approved land crossing, with a Palestinian passport. Israel asserts that the requirement is permitted under the Interim Agreement. The United States regards the Palestinian Authority as not controlling its borders, with all persons entering Palestinian Authority controlled areas being required to obtain permission from Israel.

Panamanian passport
Panamanian passports are issued to Panamanian citizens to travel outside of Panama. Panamanian citizens enjoy visa-free access to approximately 100 countries and territories In 1998 Pavlo Lazarenko, the former Prime minister of Ukraine was arrested as he tried to enter Switzerland. He was found to be carrying an apparently valid Panamanian passport, although Ukrainian citizenship did not permit dual nationality.

Papua New Guinean passport
The Papua New Guinean passport is issued to citizens of Papua New Guinea for international travel.

Paraguayan passport
Paraguayan Passports are issued to Paraguayan citizens to travel outside of Paraguay. For traveling in Mercosur countries, Paraguayan citizens can use their id card.

People's Republic of China passport
The People's Republic of China passport is the passport issued to Chinese citizens residing in mainland China for international travel. The passport is not used for travelling to Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan as travelling to these regions from mainland China are not considered international travel. Separate travel documents are required to travel to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Conversely, Chinese citizens residing in these regions cannot use their SAR passports or Republic of China passports to enter mainland China. However, mainland China residents transiting Hong Kong or Macau when travelling to other countries may use their passports to enter Hong Kong or Macau for 7 days. Chinese citizens who are also permanent residents of Hong Kong or Macau Special Administrative Regions are issued Hong Kong or Macau SAR passports by the respective immigration departments of the SARs. The SAR passports are variants of the People's Republic of China passport with different colours and wordings on the cover. Holders of SAR passports enjoy visa-free entry to more countries than holders of regular People's Republic of China passports.

Peruvian passport
Peruvian Passports are issued to citizens of Peru to travel outside of the country by DIGEMIN, the Peruvian immigration and naturalization authority.

Philippine passport
A Philippine passport is a travel document and is a Primary National ID issued to citizens of the Philippines. It is issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Philippine diplomatic missions abroad, with certain exceptions. Besides facilitating international travel and conferring diplomatic assistance to Filipinos overseas, a Philippine passport is considered a primary form of identification in the Philippines, particularly because there is no national identity card system in the country. The passport is a popular target for counterfeiters, due largely to the relatively liberal visa requirements accorded to Philippine travelers to destinations such as Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and other APEC and ASEAN member nations. Due to this, the Department of Foreign Affairs started issuing maroon machine-readable passports since September 17, 2007, and biometric passports since August 11, 2009. The green colored cover non-electronic passports are still acceptable until they expire. Philippine passports are printed at the Security Plant Complex of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Polish passport
Polish passports are issued to Polish citizens to travel outside of Poland. For traveling inside the European Union, as well as to Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino, Andorra, Croatia and the British dependencies in Europe (i.e., Gibraltar, Jersey, Isle of Man, Guernsey), Polish citizens can use their national ID card.

Portuguese passport
Portuguese passports are issued to citizens of Portugal for the purpose of international travel. However the bilhete de identidade (English: Identity Card) can serve as a travel document within the countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Qatari passport
The Qatari passport is issued to citizens of Qatar for international travel.

Republic of China passport
The Republic of China passport is the national passport issued to nationals of the Republic of China (ROC) with household registration in the Taiwan Area and certain Overseas Chinese. It is more commonly known as the Taiwanese passport, as the ROC has been commonly known as "Taiwan" since the 1970s.

Republic of Korea passport
Republic of Korea passports are issued to citizens of South Korea to facilitate international travel. Like any other passports, they serve as proof for passport holders' personal information, such as nationality and date of birth. However, South Korean passports also indicate the holder's resident registration numbers. Republic of Korea passports are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Republic of the Congo passport
Republic of the Congo passports are issued to Congolese citizens to travel outside of the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville.

Romanian passport
The Romanian Passport gives its bearer the right to exit and enter the country through any of the border passing points, opened to the international traveler traffic. Outside Romania, the passport gives the bearer the right to assistance and protection provided by the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania. The passport is the property of the Romanian state. The Romanian passport is the official travel document issued by the Romanian Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform, through the Community Public Service for Issuing and Evidence of the Simple Passports (Serviciul Public Comunitar pentru Eliberarea s,i Evident,a Pas,apoartelor Simple), to Romanian citizens who have the right to travel outside Romania. Romania has begun issuing its biometric passport on 31 December 2008.

Russian passport
Russian passports are of two types: domestic passports issued to citizens of Russia for the purpose of certifying identity, international passports are issued for the purpose of international travel.

Rwandan passport
The Rwandan passport is issued to citizens of Rwanda for international travel. Applications are made to the Director General of Immigration and Emigration of the High Commission of Rwanda.

Saint Kitts and Nevis passport
The Saint Kitts and Nevis passport is issued to citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis for international travel.

Saint Lucian passport
The Saint Lucian passport is issued to citizens of Saint Lucia for international travel.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines passport
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines passports are issued to citizens of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to travel outside of the country. Since April 2005, the new issued passports comply with the CARICOM common passports.

Salvadoran passport
Salvadoran passports are issued to citizens of El Salvador to travel outside of the country.

Samoan passport
The Samoan Passport is an international travel document that is issued to Samoan citizens.

San Marino passport
The San Marino passport is a passport issued to citizens of San Marino for international travel.

Saudi Arabian passport
The Saudi Arabian passport is issued to citizens of Saudi Arabia for international travel.

Serbian passport
The Serbian passport (Serbian: ?????, pasoš) is issued to Serbian citizens at any age, and it is the primary document of international travel issued by Serbia. The passport is issued by the Ministry of the Interior or, if the citizen resides abroad, at the embassy. Besides serving as proof of identity and of citizenship, they facilitate the process of securing assistance from Serbian consular officials abroad, if needed. Citizens can not have multiple Serbian passports at the same time. The Ministry of Internal Affairs began issuing new Serbian biometric passport on 7 July 2008. Citizens of Serbia still use old Yugoslav passports, as Serbia was part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and state union of Serbia and Montenegro until 2006. The old Yugoslav passports are valid till December 31, 2010. Even though Federal Republic of Yugoslavia changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003, passports with the new name were not issued.

Seychellois passport
Seychelles Passport are issued to citizen of Seychelles to travel outside of the country.

Singapore passport
The Singapore passport is a travel document issued to the citizens of Singapore. It is issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore. Only Singapore citizens can apply for this passport. The passport is a popular target for counterfeits, due largely to the relatively liberal visa requirements accorded to Singaporean travellers to destinations such as the United States, and the tendency for immigration to clear Singapore passport holders more quickly. It thus adopted several measures to foil forgers, including utilizing digital photos and special ink since October 1999, and the Biometric passport from August 2006.

Slovak passport
Slovak passports are issued to citizens of Slovakia to facilitate international travel. For traveling inside the European Union and EFTA, Slovak citizens can use their Slovak identity cards.

Slovenian passport
Slovenian passports are issued to citizens of Slovenia to facilitate international travel. For traveling inside the European Union, Slovenian citizens can use their ID card. The Slovenian ID card is also valid for travel to Croatia.

Solomon Islands passport
The Solomon Islands passport is a document issued by the Solomon Islands, a Melanesian state in the south-west Pacific Ocean, to its citizens for the purposes of international travel.

Somali passport
The Somali passport is a passport issued to citizens of Somalia for international travel. An e-passport has been available since 2007, issued by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia

South African passport
A South African passport is a travel document issued to citizens of South Africa for the purpose of international travel. It allows the bearer to travel in foreign countries in accordance with visa requirements, and facilitates the process of securing assistance from South African consular officials abroad, if necessary. A South African passport is a valid proof of citizenship document according to South African nationality law. South African passports are issued by the South African Department of Home Affairs, in terms of the South African Passport and Travel Documents Act (Act 4 of 1994), and the South African Passport and Travel Documents Regulations of 1996.

South Ossetian passport
South Ossetian passports are issued to citizens of South Ossetia for the purpose of international travel and for the purpose of legal identification within South Ossetia. They were first issued on August 15, 2006. As South Ossetia is only recognised by Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Nauru, many South Ossertians also have Russian passports, which in practice are more useful for international travel.

Spanish passport
Spanish passports are issued to Spanish citizens for the purpose of travel outside Spain. However, for travel solely within the European Economic Area, Switzerland and a number of other European countries, such as Norway and Croatia, Spanish citizens need only use their Spanish identity card.

Sri Lankan passport
Sri Lankan passports are issued to citizens of Sri Lanka for the purpose of international travel. The Department of Immigration and Emigration is responsible for issuing Sri Lankan passports.

Sudanese passport
The Sudanese passport is issued to citizens of Sudan for international travel.

Surinamese passport
The Surinamese passport is issued to citizens of Suriname for international travel.

Swazi passport
Swazi Passports are issued to citizen of Swaziland to travel outside of the country.

Swedish passport
Swedish passports are issued to nationals of Sweden for the purpose of international travel. Besides serving as proof of Swedish citizenship, they facilitate the process of securing assistance from Swedish consular officials abroad or other European Union members in case a Swedish consular is absent, if needed. For travel into and staying in countries that have implemented the Schengen Agreement, a passport is not required if one has a Swedish national identity card. The passports are issued by the Swedish Police and applications are filed at police stations which have a passport office. Passports issued since October 1, 2005 are of a biometric variety, and valid for five years. Earlier passports are valid for ten years (adults) or five years (children). The blue cover passports issued up until 1998 (and not valid after 2008) are not valid as identity documents in Sweden due to insufficient security features which resulted in widespread forgery.

Swiss passport
A Swiss passport is a document known as the passport of the Swiss Confederation. Swiss passports are issued to citizens of Switzerland to facilitate international travel. For traveling inside the European community, Swiss citizens can use an identity card.

Syrian passport
The Syrian passport is issued to citizens of Syria for international travel.

Tanzanian passport
The Tanzanian passport is issued to citizens of The United Republic of Tanzania for international travel. The Immigration Department is responsible for the issuance of Passports. This Department falls under the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs. This passport is issued only to citizens of Tanzania. There are mainly three types of Passports, which are Ordinary, Service and Diplomatic. Although there is fourth type of passport, which is the East African passport, it is mainly intended for travel within the region.

Thai passport
The Thai passport is the passport issued to citizens and nationals of Thailand by Passport Division, Department of Consular Affairs within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thai biometric passports have been issued since August 2005.

Togolese passport
Togolese passports are issued to Togolese citizens to travel outside of Togo. Togolese citizens can travel to member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) without a passport, national ID cards are sufficient.

Tongan passport
The Tongan Passport is an international travel document that is issued to Tongan citizens.

Transnistrian passport
The Transnistrian passport is issued to citizens of Transnistria for the purpose of international travel and for the purpose of legal identification within Transnistria. As Transnistria is not recognised by any country of the world, a Transnistrian passport is not valid for travel to any country in the world. As dual nationality is permitted, most people affected are entitled to either a Moldovan, Russian or Ukrainian passport for travel abroad.

Trinidad and Tobago passport
A Trinidad and Tobago passport is issued to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago for international travel; allowing the passport bearer to travel to foreign countries in accordance to stipulated visa requirements. All Trinidad and Tobago passports are issued through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are valid for a period of five (5) years. In 2007, a new machine-readable passport was launched by the government of Trinidad and Tobago to replace the existing passport. The new passport features the Caribbean Community logo along with many changes to the images adorned on it.

Tunisian passport
The Tunisian passport is issued to citizens of Tunisia for international travel.

Turkish passport
Turkish Passports are issued in accordance with the Passport Act (No. 5682) from July 15, 1950 to Turkish citizens to travel outside of the country. The passports are issued by the Turkish Police and applications are filed at police stations which have a passport office. Passports issued since June 1, 2010 are biometric, and valid for up to ten years.

Turkmen passport
A Turkmen passport is issued to the citizens of Turkmenistan for the purposes of international travel. Since July 2008, biometric passport has been introduced, making Turkmenistan the first country in ex-USSR mid-Asia region to issue an ICAO compliant biometric passport. Current passports of Turkmen citizens are valid for travel abroad and back home up to 10 July 2013

Turks and Caicos Islands passport
The Turks and Caicos Islands passport is a British passport issued to British Overseas Territories citizens with a connection to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Tuvaluan passport
The Tuvaluan Passport is an international travel document that is issued to Tuvaluan citizens.

Ukrainian passport
The Ukrainian passport is a document issued to the nationals of Ukraine as the main proof of Ukrainian citizenship. There are two types of passport issued by the Ukrainian government that are commonly known as internal passport and international passport. An internal passport is used as a primary identification document of Ukrainian citizens within Ukraine. An international passport is used for international travel.

United States passport
United States passports are passports issued to citizens and non-citizen nationals of the United States of America. They are issued exclusively by the U.S. Department of State. Besides issuing passports (in booklet form), also limited use passport cards are issued by the same organization subject to the same requirements. The US passport also contains fibers of different colors and a strip in all the pages visible under a black light. The colors red white and blue are revealed on the strip. The passport card reveals a blue seal and red eagle when seen under a black light. These are part of the security features to avoid falsification. U.S. passport booklets are valid for travel by Americans anywhere in the world, although travel to certain countries and/or for certain purposes may require a visa. They conform with recommended standards (i.e., size, composition, layout, technology) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). There are five types of passport booklets; as well, the Department of State has issued only e-passports as standard since August 2007, though non-biometric passports are valid until their expiry dates. The Department of State has also issued passport cards since July 2008, which are valid for travel by Americans via land and sea between the United States and any of Canada, Mexico, most Caribbean territories, and Bermuda. While the passport cards conform with ICAO recommended standards for credit-card-size travel documents, they cannot be used for international air travel to another country.

Uruguayan passport
Uruguayan passports are issued to Uruguayan citizens to travel outside of Uruguay. For traveling in Mercosur countries, as well as Chile and Bolivia , Uruguayan citizens may use their ID card.

Uzbekistani passport
The Uzbekistani passport, being the property of the Republic of Uzbekistan, is issued to the citizens of Uzbekistan for internal use and international travels. An ordinary passport is issued to a person at 16 years and must be exchanged at the age of 25 and 45 years, when the passport was damaged or the bearer of the passport changed his name. The passport contains 32 pages for special notes and visas. It is in Uzbek, Russian and English languages. According to bilateral and multilateral agreements, the bearer of the Uzbek passport has the right to travel within Commonwealth of Independent States except neighboring Tajikistan (Tajik citizens also required to obtain Uzbek visa to enter Uzbekistan) and stay up to 90 days without any visa requirements. However for leaving Uzbekistan, one has to apply for special travel permit in local police. This permit is valid for two years and is needed only for leaving the country--the bearer may stay abroad until the passport is valid. According to the decree signed on 23.06.2009, since 2010 Uzbekistan will start switching gradually to the biometric passport system. The old (non-biometric) passports are valid until the date of expiry, both nationally and internationally. Uzbekistani passport holders can travel to a number of countries visa free or receive visa upon arrival.

Vanuatuan passport
The Vanuatuan Passport is an international travel document that is issued to Vanuatuan citizens.

Vatican passport
The Vatican passport is issued to citizens of the Vatican City for international travel. Unlike other nations, the Vatican only issues diplomatic and official passports, the majority of which are held by clergymen and others who represent the Holy See abroad.

Venezuelan passport
Venezuelan passports are issued to citizens of Venezuela to travel outside of the country. Biometric passports have been issued since July 2007, with a RFID chip containing a picture and fingerprints. According to Venezuelan law, all passports (the old light blue or the old red covered, with the old country name and/or old coat of arms) are valid until the expiration date, but the light blue covered passport are not accepted for travel in the United States of America.[why?] In the future, the Venezuelan government might change the passport format to a deep blue color cover and a Mercosur inscription. This could happen only if the congress of Paraguay accepts full membership in Mercosur.

Vietnamese passport
Vietnamese passports are issued to citizens of Vietnam to facilitate international travel.

Yemeni passport
The Yemeni passport is issued to citizens of Yemen for international travel. Not every foreign consulate of Yemen issues passports.



(source: wikipedia)




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