Indian Passport Holders

Advisory for Indian Passport Holders


Emergency Contact: Indian citizens in Southern Vietnam can contact the Consulate on its emergency contact number, 091 71 80 77 6 on weekends, closed holidays and after office hours. Please note that call on this number should be made only in case of emergency and not for general consular queries, for which they must e-mail to

Renunciation of Indian Citizenship / Surrender of Indian Passports: The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. Holding / acquiring Indian Passport /traveling on Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offense under the Indian Citizenship Act 1955 and Indian Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties. Persons of Indian Origin who have acquired foreign Nationality are therefore required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.

Indian citizens applying for Visa-on-Arrival to come to Vietnam should carefully read the terms and conditions of Visa-on-Arrival on the Vietnam Immigration website: citizens working or living in Southern Vietnam must register themselves on our website,
In case of loss or damage of passport, the fact and circumstances should be immediately reported to the nearest Indian Mission and the local police. In order to expedite the issue of a new passport in such cases, Indian nationals are advised to keep a photocopy of the data pages of your passport and valid visas. Indian citizens living in Vietnam are advised to apply for urgent re-issuance of their passports in the following cases:-

(i) Handwritten Passports

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-machine Readable Passports (MRPs). Foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person traveling on a non-machine Readable Passport. The Government of India has been issuing Machine Readable Passports since 2001. However, the Passports issued before 2001 and particularly those issued during mid-1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. All handwritten passports with pasted photographs are also considered non-MRPs. Indian citizens are advised to apply for re-issue of their passports to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining a valid visa for international travel.

(ii) Passport Valid for Less Than Six Months 

Many international travelers may not realize that having an unexpired passport is sometimes not enough to obtain Visas or to enter certain foreign countries. Indian citizens traveling on Passports which may expire in less than six months should renew their passports before any upcoming international travel. 

(iii) Exhaustion of Visa Pages 

Some countries do not accept passports which may have fewer than two pages remaining. Please check your passport to ensure that you have enough visa pages. There is no provision of additional booklets/pages and you will be required to apply reissuance of passport by following standard procedures. Frequent travellers may opt for Jumbo Passport containing 64 pages. 

About the author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *