How to Cancel an Indian Passport

Indian passports can be cancelled and citizenship surrended for a small charge.
Indian passports can be cancelled and citizenship surrended for a small charge. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

According to the Embassy of India in Washington D.C., once Indian passport holders acquire foreign citizenship, they must cancel their passports. Once canceled, the passport is returned and must not be used again. The applicant is issued with a surrender or renunciation certificate that proves they have renounced Indian nationality, though these certificates are not available when the passport has been lost. In such cases, an affidavit of loss is required. Since January 2011, renunciation of Indian citizenship services is handled by M/S Travisa Outsourcing. Applicants can submit their renunciation requests in person or through the mail.

Things You'll Need

  • Most recent Indian passport
  • Money order or cashier's check for processing fee

Confirm you have actually obtained citizenship of another country before you renounce your Indian citizenship, as reversing the process will be costly and time consuming.

Find your most recent Indian passport and calculate how much you need to pay in fees. As of April 2011, Travisa Outsourcing charged every applicant a $12 service processing fee in addition to consular charges imposed by the Indian government through embassies and consulates. Individuals naturalized before June 1, 2010 must pay a total of $32, while people naturalized after May 31, 2010 must pay $187. Non-U.S. citizens must pay an extra $20 in both cases.

Determine whether you wish to submit the renunciation application in person or via post. Locate the nearest Travisa Outsourcing office to your home or business address by using the locator tool on the company's website.

Purchase a money order or cashier's check made payable to Travisa Outsourcing and send the payment with the passport to the nearest office. Alternatively, visit the office and hand the check and passport to agency staff.

Track your renunciation request online with the application identification number you were sent/handed after submitting your documentation.

Check your renunciation certificate for errors or damage and store it in a safe place along with the surrendered passport.

Tips & Warnings

  • Applications sent by mail take about 15 working days to process from the date of receipt.
  • Three months after acquiring foreign citizenship, holders of Indian passports are not allowed to use their passports. Hefty fines of between $250 and $1,250 are imposed on people who fail to surrender the passports or misuse them after renouncing their Indian nationality.
  • Renunciation certificates are only valid from the day of issue, not the date of receipt of the renunciation application.

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