New Information on Machine Readable Passport
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New Information on Machine Readable Passport

In accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) guidelines the Government of India introduced Machine Readable Passports with effect from 26th August 2007. All Indian nationals in India and abroad are to be issued Machine Readable Passports. In the case of Indian nationals applying from the Philippines, Republic of Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia (Palaikir), these passports will be printed and issued from India. The applications for such passports are required to be submitted to the Embassy of India, Manila well before the date of expiry of the existing passports for processing by this Embassy and issue of passports by the concerned office of the Government of India in New Delhi. Such passports will be issued in India and received by the Embassy for delivery to the applicant concerned. The whole process for issuing of a passport may take from 20 days to 40 days, as the case may be, from the date of application.

In emergency cases, however, the Embassy of India, Manila would be able to issue a hand- written short validity passport for immediate travel and the individual would then be required to apply for a Machine Readable Passport immediately on completion of the emergency journey to the Embassy of India, Manila. The fees for the emergency passport (as for issue of a new passport) would be charged in such cases in addition to the normal passport fees for the Machine Readable Passport. Such short validity passport will not be extendable and only a Machine Readable Passport can be issued from India in replacement. All Indian nationals are advised to apply for a Machine Readable Passport as required well in time.

The application forms as available on the website of the Embassy can be used for making passport applications. Dimensions of photographs required for Machine Readable Passports should be of square size of not less than 2 x 2 inches (51 mm x 51mm) of high quality colour with light background and the face covering 80 % of the photo.

Please see photo requirements with samples at (click here)
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