About Us Surrender of Indian Citizenship

Renunciation of Indian Citizenship and Surrender of Indian Passport: All People of Indian Origin (PIO) in the Consular jurisdiction of this Mission who have acquired foreign nationality are invited to see the following relevant extracts of the Indian Passport Act 1967:

“The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. Holding Indian passport/acquiring Indian passport/travelling on Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties. The Government of India has prescribed imposition of penalty on a graded scale, depending on number of trips made on Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality, for the violation of Passport Rules and retention of Indian Passport for more than 3 years after acquiring of foreign nationality.”

Indian passport holders are required to surrender their passports to the nearest Indian Mission immediately after acquisition of foreign nationality. Persons of Indian Origin who have already acquired foreign citizenship until 31.05.2010 will not be required to pay renunciation fees. He/she will be required to pay Misc fee of FJD 56/- when getting the old Indian passport cancelled or surrendered. Those Indian citizens who acquire foreign citizenship on or after 01.06.2010 will have to submit declaration of renunciation of their Indian citizenship and requisite renunciation fee of FJD 200/-

Documents required for Renunciation of Indian Citizenship:

  • Duly filled Form for Surrender of Indian Passport (https://embassy.passportindia.gov.in)

  • Two passport size photograph one of them pasted on the application

  • Original Indian passport and one photocopy of the passport.

  • Copy of new passport of foreign country

  • Citizenship Certificate issued by Government of foreign country

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