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Missing Passport and Emergency Travel Certificate

Uday Patel

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Indian Passport is prerequisite for all those traveling outside of the country. One cannot enter back to India with a passport. In case if the passport gets stolen or lost then it becomes difficult to enter the country. In this case an emergency travel document is required. Known as emergency certificate this is issued by the consulate office.

In order to obtain the emergency certificate approval is required from Indian Government. One has to have proof of Indian citizenship. This has to be presented at the Indian consulate of the country one is traveling. In this case the applicant has to be personally present and offer and interview. One has to sign an affidavit as well. This is mandatory. The certificate issued is of short validity and one need to leave for India within a prescribed time.

Before the application one needs to file a police report and carry the proof. A copy of missing passport can be used to prove your identity as an Indian citizen. Pan card, driving license and UID Card will also work for this purpose. A proof of valid visa and a certificate from Home office of the related country is also required. The latter is for proof that you are not a citizen of that country travel. One also has to pay a service charge which differs from country to country. Once the certificate has been issued you need to visit the immigration office of the country and get the certificate stamped.

The best remedy is to keep your passport safe and secure. Be aware of pickpockets and thieves who can steal your belongings. In case of a missing passport you will have to face lots of trouble, time and money.

Once you arrive in India you will have to reissue for a duplicate passport. Though not related the Tatkal option for passports is available in India. This is for those who wish to travel in emergency. For applying for passport under this scheme you need a valid and convincing reason. For more information you should visit the official website created for passport information.

Uday writes often on passport enquiry online for first time applicants. He also writes emergency travel certificate for missing passport abroad. Uday writes on many International travel aspects.


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