Surrender Of Indian Passport
Renunciation / Surrender of Indian Passports

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.

Under the Indian law, 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.

The High Commission of India, London and its Consulate General in Birmingham & Edinburgh have outsourced the 'Surrender of Indian Passport Services' to VF Services (UK) Ltd., with effect from 6th September 2010.

Applicants applying for Declaration of Renunciation/ Surrender Certificate under different scenarios may CLICK HERE for the detailed information on the below categories.

Deemed Surrender Certificate: Obtained Foreign Citizenship before 2001.
Renunciation Declaration: Obtained Foreign Citizenship after 01/06/2010 and Indian Passport is lost/misplaced.

The renunciation / surrender certificate procedure and fee structure is based on the date, the Person of Indian Origin, has acquired British/Foreign Citizenship.

Please review the detail checklist on our website or CLICK HERE

If the Date of British / Foreign Citizenship is on or before 31-May -2010

If the Date of British / Foreign Citizenship is after 31- May – 2010

The Government of India has prescribed imposition of penalty on a graded scale, depending on the number of trips made on the Indian passport, renewal of Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality and Retention of Indian Passport for more than 3 years after acquiring foreign nationality, for the violation of Passport Rules ranging from a minimum of £145 up to a maximum of £1088

Please Note: The date on the Naturalisation Certificate will be treated as date of acquiring foreign nationality and not from the date the British Passport was issued.

Penalty Rates may also apply and will be levied as per the schedule of penalties

Applications will be accepted on all working days (Monday – Friday except public holidays) from 0830 hrs to 1430 hrs only at any of our India Visa Application Centres

For more information, you may either email us to or contact our call centre 09057570045.