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1. Applications for following services are to be submitted to the Consulate General of India's external application service centre for consular, visa and passport services (managed by M/s BLSInternational Services Limited) located at: 2/F Morrison Commercial Building, 31 Morrison Hill Road, Hong Kong on any working day (Monday to Friday except designated holidays) between 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM. The timing for collection of documents is 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM.

Contact Details:
Website :   www.blsindia-hongkong.com
Phone : +852 58195329 
Fax : +852 2620 0341
Email Id : info.hk@blsinternational.net

1(A) Renewal/ Reissue of passport
1(B) Issue of Passport in lieu of Lost/ Damaged Passport
1(C) Renewal / Reissue of Passport of Minor (Up to 18 years of age)
1(D) Change of name/ personal particulars including adding/ deleting spouse name
1(E) Registration of birth and passport for New Born.
1(F) Surrender of Indian Passport & Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

Please note that in addition to the prescribed fee, a service fee of HKD 47 will be charged by M/s BLS international for each application. Value added services (VAS) are optional services and will be charged separately, if the applicant chooses to avail those services. Applicants are free to avail these services from other places of their choice also. All applicants applying for passport services at M/S BLS are advised to fill the form online beforehand and bring printout while applying to save time, efforts and any additional cost.

2.   Applications for following services are to be submitted directly to Consulate General of India, Hong Kong, located at Unit D, 16th Floor, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong on any working day (Monday to Friday except designated holidays) between 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The timing for collection of documents is 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM

2(A) Emergency Certificate
2(B) Short validity passport

3. General information / instructions:

  1. All applicants must submit the application in person for identification. There is no provision for exemption from this requirement.
  2. Applicants should not use old passport to travel as their old passport shall be cancelled in the system once they have submitted the application with our external application centre (Managed by M/s BLS International Services Limited). All applicants should submit a self "Declaration" to this effect at the time of application.
  3. The delivery of processed documents is to be done preferably to the applicant or to the person authorized by the applicant on presentation of (i) authorization letter (sample form) (ii) Original payment receipt given to applicant at the time of submission of application (iii) Original Hong Kong/Macau ID of authorized person.
  4. Only those individuals who have valid Hong Kong/Macau ID or valid visa can submit their application for these services.
  5. In case of casual visitors, only Emergency Certificate or short validity passport is issued depending upon merit of case.
  6. An ordinary passport is valid for ten years from the date of issue.
  7. Minors up to age of 15 are issued passport with 5-year validity. Minors aged between 15 to 18 years can opt for either 5 years or 10 years validity passport.
  8. Passport Issuing Authority can issue passports for a shorter duration under certain conditions.
  9. The Passport service asked for should be in the proper prescribed form accompanied with appropriate fees.  The application for the service in any other form is not acceptable.
  10. Applicants should ensure that application in the prescribed format is complete in all respects; that all columns are correctly and legibly filled and no column is left blank or unfilled / un-responded or vaguely filled with a dash, tick, etc.
  11. All signatures in the application should be with ballpoint pen of black or blue ink.  Those who cannot affix their signatures like infants, minors or illiterate should put their thumb impression in the place of signature.
  12. The signature of the applicant should exactly fit in the prescribed column.
  13. Photographs should be recent colored one and of the size 2 inch X 2 inch.  Photo should be of good quality with frontal view of the full face and white/light background with dark colored dress as per ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organizations) document 9303.
  14. It is an offence under The Passports Act 1967 to furnish false information in the application. Passport facilities can be denied on grounds of suppression of material information, submission of incorrect particulars, willful damage/loss of passport or for unauthorized change/tampering.
  15. The Passport can be impounded or revoked for violation of one or more of the provisions of The Passports Act 1967.
  16. It is an offence to hold more than one valid passport at a time.
  17. An application for reissue of passport can be submitted anytime within one year before the expiry of the validity or after the expiry of the validity.  However, if the passport is expired for more than three years, the application should be supported by self declaration on a plain paper explaining the circumstances and the reasons for the late renewal.
  18. Approximately 20-30 working days are required for issue of passport. However in some cases, where verification from other authorities is required, it may take more time.
  19. Applicant can check status of their application online.
  20. All applications are to be signed in the presence of official at the application centre and signature should match with signature in old passport.
  21. In case of change in signature a self declared affidavit on a plain paper should be submitted along with application.
  22. There is no provision for tatkal passport on account of failure to renew the passport in time. All are requested to check the validity of their passport before planning any travel and should apply for the renewal of passport well in time.
  23. Short validity passport is for specific purpose on merit of case. It is neither a substitute of regular passport nor a tatkal passport scheme.
  24. All fees are to be paid in Hong Kong dollars in Cash at the application centre at the time of submission of application.  Applicant must ensure that they get a receipt of that. Fees once paid are not refunded, even if the application is withdrawn or the service refused for whatsoever reasons.
  25. After acquiring the foreign citizenship, the Indian passport can be used for travel for 3 months only from the day of getting the foreign citizenship. The grace period is only for such cases where foreign citizenship has been acquired but a foreign passport is not available to the person. It is also mentioned that it is illegal to travel on an Indian passport, where a person has obtained a foreign passport.
  26. 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.
  27. As per Indian laws, Persons of Indian Origin who have acquired foreign nationality are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.

 

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