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Indian Passport

The passport is a valuable document. It is advisable to also keep its photocopy in a safe place; without the relevant details, issue of a duplicate passport may be delayed. If lost, damaged or destroyed, the facts and circumstances should be immediately reported to the nearest Indian Mission and to the local police. 

A passport is normally issued valid for maximum 10 years.

Form for renewal of passport and issue of new passport is the same and is to be filled online. Click here to fill the form online. 

One may apply for a passport with an ordinary booklet or a jumbo booklet (more pages).



1. The old passport along with its self-attested photocopy
2. 2 recent photographs [coloured with light background] of size 50x50 mm – white background photographs with  dark/contrast colour clothes
3. Valid Tanzanian Resident/Work Permit or Dependent Pass, along with its photocopy
4. Fee as applicable, and
5. The application form should be properly filled up, leaving no columns blank [All the entries appearing in the application form should be filled exactly as per the previous passport. In case of any change, original proof would need to be submitted].


  1. Application form [completely filled; 2 photographs with light background; the form to be signed by both parents]
  2. Passports of the applicant and both parents in original and photocopy
  3. Residence Permit /Dependent Pass
  4. Fee as applicable
  5. Annexure D



Change of First Name / Full Name - The applicant is also required to submit (a) a Court Order or notarized affidavit, (b) clipping of a notice in a newspaper in a local daily, and (c) clipping of a notice in a newspaper in the state of applicant's domicile in India along with above-mentioned documents.

Change to Married Name - The applicant is required to apply along with the passport, the marriage certificate and its photocopy, a sworn affidavit giving married and maiden names, husband's passport, and a joint photograph of the married couple. If the first name is also to be changed after the marriage, additional requirements as specified for the "Change of full name" are also to be met.

Change of Appearance - A new passport may be issued in lieu of a currently valid passport on application on the ground of a change of appearance of the passport-holder.

For a duplicate passport, a detailed report of loss/damage/theft, a copy of the FIR, and an affidavit/undertaking in the prescribed proforma, should be submitted along with the application.

It is an offence to furnish false information in the application. Passport facilities may be denied on grounds of suppression of factual information, submission of false particulars, willful damage of passport, and for making unauthorized changes in the passports.

A passport may be impounded or revoked by the government of India, in which event it has to be surrendered to the nearest Indian passport authority.

The Government of India have introduced machine readable passports (MRP) from 26th August, 2007. Effective from the date, the passports are prepared by printing system located in India. The process for delivery of passports takes a minimum of four to six weeks from the date when the application is filed. If the previous passport is handwritten from some other Passport Issuing Authority, it may take a longer time. The short validity passport in emergency cases is issued at the request of the applicant with a validity of six months under Tatkal Scheme. However, applicants are advised to apply for MRP at the earliest. The MRP is not an extension of the earlier passport and is therefore, charged separately. Tatkal service fee is also charged if request for passport on emergency basis is made under the Tatkal Scheme.

An Emergency Certificate (EC), as a one-way travel document, may be issued in lieu of a passport to authorise an Indian national to enter India if, while abroad, his passport has been lost, stolen, damaged, impounded or revoked, or he has been refused a passport, or he has to be repatriated to India.
An Indian passport-holder wishing to acquire citizenship of other countries is required to renounce his/her Indian citizenship at the nearest Indian Mission. It is allowed only for a small number of specified countries for Indian nationals to hold two passports. Tanzania does not allow dual citizenship.


Government of India has made it mandatory to register online the birth of a child as an Indian citizen. For detail information applicants are requested to visit the website of Ministry of Home Affairs http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in


In order to register the birth of a child born within the consular jurisdiction of the High Commission of India, Dar es Salaam i.e. Tanzania and Zanzibar as an Indian citizen, the application must be made online as mentioned below.

2. Please go to Ministry of Home Affairs website by typing in address of web browser http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/Ic_Form_Public.aspx

3. The applicant after accessing the above mentioned website shall select one from the list of Section/Form (For Registration of birth of a minor child at an Indian Consulate under Section 4(1) of the citizenship act, 1955)

4) Click 'Apply Online' button to fill up the form.
i) Each online application form is meant for one person only. Separate application has to be filed for each applicant.
ii) The online form should be filled in Block/Capital letters.
iii) Furnish information exactly in the manner asked for in the forms, especially the names, address and date of birth.
iv) Application details are to be verified before submission online.
v) Once the online application form is submitted by the applicant, then further modifications are not allowed. Hence applicants are requested to check and validate the details before submitting the online application form.
vi) After filing all the details in the online application form, the form is saved and submitted to the High Commission of India, Dar es Salaam.

5) As soon as the form is submitted, a MHA File number will be generated automatically and will appear on the screen as an acknowledgement. The applicants are advised to keep the MHA File Number for further correspondence and online status tracking.

6) Applicant has to take the print out of filled up online application by clicking the Print application tab from the main menu.

7) After clicking on Print application tab from the main menu the applicant has to enter his/her MHA File Number and date of Birth as an identity to access the submitted application. A PDF application form shall be displayed with an option of pasting applicant's recent passport size photograph as per specification at Link http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/Ic_Form_Public.aspx

Recent passport size photograph of the applicant is to be affixed on each form in the prescribed space. Photograph to be affixed on the application should be of square shape of size not less than 35x35 mm (with 80% coverage by face). It should have light colour background (not white) without border with front view of person's head and shoulders showing the full face in the middle of the photograph. It should not be stapled and should not have any signature. Photographs that do not conform to these standards will be rejected and may cause a delay in processing the applications.

8) The applicant shall take the print out of the application submitted by them. He/ she is required to put his Signature/Thumb impression at the designated signature box.
* A person who has not attained the age of 18 years is considered as minor. Parents /guardians must sign in the column prescribed for them in the form.

9) The signed hard copy of the online application along with requisite supporting documents for grant of citizenship is to be submitted in triplicate to the High Commission of India, Dar es Salaam.
The High Commission of India, Dar es Salaam will validate and upload the scanned copy of the documents enclosed with the application form.

10) If the application is made within one year of birth of child as per above-mentioned process and subject to completing the eligibility criteria as per Ministry of Home Affairs regulation, the High Commission shall do the birth registration and provide the Indian citizenship.

In case, the application is made after one year of birth of child, the process is same, however applications will be forwarded to Ministry of Home Affairs for their approval. Thereafter, on receipt of approval of Ministry of Home Affairs, the High Commission will register the birth of the child as an Indian citizen.

11. The eligibility criteria and required documents to apply for registration of Birth of Minor child under section 4(1) of the Citizenship Act 1955, the following documents are to be annexed with the application
i) A Copy of the birth certificate of the child
ii) A copy of the Indian Passport of both the parents
iii) A copy of the certificate of Indian citizenship if acquired by registration/naturalization
iv) A copy of the marriage certificate of the parents
v) A declaration that the minor child does not hold the passport of any other country.

Note: The applicants are advised to go through the provisions of India Citizenship Act, 1955 and the rules framed there under before submitting the application for grant of Indian Citizenship.