INFORMATION ON PASSPORTS
Indian passports are normally issued for a period of 10 years. The passport can be renewed any time one year before the actual date of expiry, a new booklet will be issued. Four passport size photographs taken full face are to be submitted along with the filled in application form for issue of a new passport booklet.
The forms for the issue of new passport booklets are available in the Embassy. All applicants for passport services are also required to produce/show their valid visas/resident cards for proof of their lawful residence in Turkmenistan. Now-a-days as all the passports are being printed in New Delhi, at least 2 to 2 1/2 months are required to get the new passport.
A Passport is a very important document. It should be kept up to date by renewing it before it expires. Its loss should be reported immediately to the local Police authorities and also to the nearest Indian Mission.
The issue of duplicate passports in lieu of lost or damaged passports are handled under a special procedure. In case of lost passport, application form should be accompanied with copy of FIR lodged with police/”spravka”, copy of lost passport and proof of identity like driving license, Institute ID card or letter from employer.
SEPARATE PASSPORTS TO MINOR CHILDREN :
All minor children will need a separate passport valid for 5 years from the date of issue or till 15 years of age whichever is less.
MISCELLANEOUS PASSPORT & CONSULAR SERVICES
All applicants for miscellaneous Passport and Consular Services are required to fill up a “Miscellaneous Services” form and submit their passports.
For CHANGE OF FIRST NAME/FULL NAME, applicant has to submit(a) Court Order or notarized affidavit (b) newspaper clipping of notice in city of applicant’s domicile in Turkmenistan and (c) newspaper cutting of notice in state of applicant’s domicile in India.
For CHANGE TO MARRIED NAME: Applicant is required to enclose a copy of the marriage certificate, sworn affidavit giving maiden and married names duly notarized by a Notary Public and attested by Consular Section, MEA, Government of India, New Delhi and husband’s passport. In case where first name also changes after marriage, additional requirements as indicated in “change of full name” are to be met.
REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS are also undertaken by the Embassy.
ALL LOCAL DOCUMENTS FOR ATTESTATION (including attestation of degrees, etc., of students) are required to be initially attested by the authorized person(s) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Turkmenistan. Applicant’s valid passport is also to be submitted.
For ATTESTATION OF SIGNATURES ON AFFIDAVITS / POWER OF ATTORNEY, the applicant is required to submit his passport along with copy of the passport and one copy of the document to be legalized.
WHERE TO APPLY
Application for passport/consular service can be submitted at Consular wing of the Embassy in Ashgabat at the following address:
Embassy of India
Imperial’s International Business Centre,
Y.Emre, Mir 2/1, P.O.Box No.80,
Applications are accepted at the counter between 1600-1700 hours on all working days and delivered between 1630-1730 hours when the passport is ready..
DELIVERY OF PASSPORTS:
With the introduction of Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) Scheme with effect from August, 2007, all the passports being issued by the Embassy of India, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan would now be printed in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. The process would take around 3-4 weeks from the date of application. However, in emergency cases, the applicant can also apply for the new passport by paying Emergency Fee i.e. US $ 20/- + US $ 40/- and the handwritten passport would be issued with one year validity only. The applicant again has to apply for a regular passport before expiry of the passport by paying normal passport fee i.e. US $ 40/-
However, other Consular Services are rendered on the same day.
FEES & MODE OF PAYMENT: [All fees to be paid in cash Dollars]
Issue of New Indian Passport Fees
36 pages + 10 years – US $ 20/- + US $ 77/-
60 pages + 10 years – US $ 20/- + US $ 102/-
Duplicate Passport – (Lost case) – US $ 20/- + US $ 125/-
New Ppt(Child) – US $ 20/- + US $ 77/-
Emergency Certificate – US $ 5/-
ECNR/Ppt endorsement – US $ 10/-
Attestation of documents – US$ 10/ $ 20
Registration of Marriage – US$ 102
Birth Registration – US$ 20
Fee once received cannot be refunded, even if the application is withdrawn or the service is refused.
(i) Please read all instructions on the application form carefully before filling it out.
(ii) Application forms should be filled in full, legibly and accurately. Incomplete and illegibly filled forms are returned without service.
(iii) An Indian citizen who acquires Turkmen citizenship should surrender his/her Indian Passport to the Embassy for its cancellation. Possession of both Turkmen and Indian passports is illegal.
Please contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of India for more information and assistance.