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Passport Online Appointment

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  • TATA AIG Team
  • Last Updated On :
  • 10/07/2023

As per data from MHA's Bureau of Immigration (BoI), the number of Indians travelling abroad increased by 137% in 2022, a report by Times of India (TOI) said. Although this number is still below the pre-COVID levels, the jump is tremendous. Unlike domestic travel, overseas travel requires a passport as a mandatory document. The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs handles the passport application and other related processes. As a result, the Ministry continuously receives a large volume of passport applications throughout the year.

To ensure that the increasing demand is handled correctly, the Ministry launched an online application service, Passport Seva, in May 2010. Since then, all the processes have become simpler, from passport appointment booking to its dispatch. So, whether applying for the passport for the first or renewal, the portal helps you get passport appointments online and hassle-free.

How to Register for Passport Appointment Booking

For your passport online appointment booking, you must be a registered Passport Seva Online Portal user. If you are a new user, you must register with the official website to start.

- Step 1: Visit the official Passport Seva Online Portal website.

- Step 2: Click on the option 'New User Registration.

- Step 3: A registration form will open. Fill in the complete form and mention the applicable passport office near you. You must create a login id and password to complete the process. Enter the captcha to proceed.

- Step 4: Once done, click on 'Register'.

- Step 5: A verification link will be sent to your registered email address. Click on the link to complete the verification process.

- Step 6: Once done with the verification, your account will be activated.

Procedure to Book Passport Appointment Online

Now that we have learnt about the registration process let us understand the procedure for passport online appointment booking.

- Step 1: Visit the official Passport Seva Online Portal website.

- Step 2: Go to 'Existing User Login'.

- Step 3: Enter your login and password.

- Step 4: Select the type of passport or service you wish to apply for after logging in.

- Step 5: Select 'Apply for Fresh Passport/Reissue of Passport' to get a passport office appointment online.

- Step 6: Enter all the required details, including personal information, address, and other necessary information.

- Step 7: Press the 'Upload form' button once the online application form is completed. Ensure you re-check the entered details before uploading the form. Uploading the form means you have made an application. You will get an Application Reference Number (ARN) for future reference.

- Step 8: You can view your saved application by clicking on 'Submitted Application' in your home tab.

- Step 9: Select the ARN of the application form to proceed.

- Step 10: Select 'Pay and Book Appointment'.

- Step 11: You will get an option to pay in cash through challan or online payment options like debit cards, credit cards, UPI, etc.

- Step 12: You will receive a confirmation email or SMS on your registered contact number after you book an appointment.

How to Check Passport Online Appointment Availability?

If you have made a passport application but haven't booked an appointment yet, you can follow the below steps to book the nearest passport office appointment online.

- Step 1: Visit the official Passport Seva Online Portal website.

- Step 2: Select the option 'Check Appointment Availability'.

- Step 3: Choose the passport office city from the dropdown.

- Step 4: Enter the captcha text and click 'Check Appointment Availability'.

A complete list of all the passport offices in the city and nearby locations will be displayed on the screen. The data will showcase the address of the passport offices, the type of query it handles (passport or Police Clearance Certificate (PPC), the type of quota (normal or tatkal), the nearest appointment date and the number of appointments the office releases. This information will help you choose the nearest office or the date as convenient.

Procedure for Passport Appointment Check Online

You can check your passport appointment date online by following these steps.

- Step 1: Visit the official website of the Passport Seva Kendra.

- Step 2: Click on the "Track Application Status" tab.

- Step 3: Enter the application type from the dropdown, Passport Application File Number and date of birth.

- Step 4: Now, click on 'Track Status'.

- Step 5: You will be able to view the details of your appointment, including the location, date and time at the selected PSK.

You can also check your appointment details by calling the National Call Centre at 1800-258-1800. Alternatively, you can send an SMS to 9704100100 with the message "STATUS " from your registered mobile number.

How to Reschedule Your Passport Online Appointment?

You can do so online if you wish to reschedule your passport appointment. However, it is recommended to reschedule your appointment at least 3 days before the existing date to avoid any cancellation charges.

Follow the below steps to reschedule your passport appointment booking online.

- Step 1: Visit the official website of the Passport Seva Kendra.

- Step 2: Select the 'Existing User Login' option on the homepage.

- Step 3: Enter your login details (user ID and password).

- Step 4: Click 'View Saved/Submitted Applications' once logged in.

- Step 5: The screen will display all the submitted or saved applications. Select the application you wish to reschedule your appointment. Then, click 'Reschedule Appointment' against that application.

- Step 6: Select a reason for rescheduling your appointment from the dropdown menu. Choose a reason and then the new available date and time slot.

- Step 7: Re-check the date and time slot before proceeding. Now, click on 'Pay and Schedule Appointment'.

- Step 8: Make the online payment through a debit card, UPI etc., for the rescheduled appointment.

- Step 9: After successful payment, the screen will display the rescheduled appointment details.

- Step 10: It is better to take a printout of the confirmation page for your future reference.

Booking Passport Appointment Online for Renewal

Passport renewal generally takes place when the existing validity of the passports comes towards an end. This validity can be extended to another 10 years for a standard Indian passport. If you wish to renew your passport and get an appointment online, the procedure differs from the fresh passport process.

- Step 1: Visit the official website of the Passport Seva Kendra.

- Step 2: If you are not an existing user, register yourself. Click on 'New User Registration'. Else, select 'Existing User Login'.

- Step 3: Once logged in, select the 'Passport Renewal' option from the list of services.

- Step 4: Fill in the application, which will require information on your current passport number, expiry date etc.

- Step 5: Select the type of passport as per your requirement.

- Step 6: Choose the available date and time slot for passport appointment booking.

- Step 7: Make an online payment using a debit or credit card, internet banking option, UPI etc. Alternatively, you can also choose the challan mode for paying in cash.

- Step 8: After successful payment, ensure you print the application receipt for your future reference. This receipt contains the appointment details like the date, time, location etc.

- Step 9: On the appointed date, visit the Passport Seva Kendra, and carry all the necessary documents and the printed appointment receipt.

Important Documents for Your International Trip

If you think travelling overseas with incorrect or missing documents is a minor issue, think again. Here's a checklist of important documents you would need before you fly.

- Passport: Having a passport to travel abroad is a must. In the sections above, we have learnt how to book passport appointments online, reschedule an appointment etc. This is one of the most essential documents that enable you to travel abroad.

- Travel visa: Some countries offer a visa on arrival, whereas a visa must be applied in advance for some. Thus, you must check visa conditions during the planning of your trip.

- Travel itinerary details: It is essential to have your planned itinerary handy for comfortable travel.

- Proof of accommodation and air tickets: You must never forget these documents. You must also carry a soft copy of the same for easy reference.

  • Travel insurance plans: Many countries have made it mandatory for individuals to have an overseas travel insurance plan before entering. However, even if it is not one of the mandatory entry requirements, it is still advisable to have one from a trusted travel insurance provider like Tata AIG to secure your travel. When choosing a travel policy, always compare travel insurance plans based on your requirement and budget to make the best decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

- How to get an online appointment for a passport?

To get passport appointments online, you must first be a registered user. Once you register, use the authorised Login Id and password to access your Passport Seva Online Portal account. Then, select 'Apply for New Passport/Reissue of Passport', fill in the complete form and submit the same. To schedule an appointment, go to the 'View Saved/Submitted Applications' tab, select the application click 'Pay and Schedule Appointment'. Once the payment is successful, your appointment is scheduled for the selected date and time.

- How long does it take to get a passport?

After the application is filed, getting a normal passport usually takes 30-45 days. However, if you apply through tatkal mode, the passport may be issued in 10-14 days.

- What documents do I need to get a passport?

The documents required for a passport vary from one person to another. Below are some common documents required while applying for an Indian passport.

  1. Proof of address: Aadhaar card, electricity bill, voter ID card, water bill etc. (anyone)

  2. Proof of date of birth: Aadhar card, PAN card, birth certificate etc. (anyone)

  3. Photo ID proof: Aadhar card, Pan card, driving licence etc. (anyone)

  4. Passport size-photographs with white background (two)

  5. Any other documents, specific to the case.

- Why book passport appointments online?

The online mode was introduced to make the process more efficient, smooth, organised and to keep up with the increasing demand. An online passport appointment booking is necessary to enable an individual to visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).

- Can I get a passport without a passport office appointment online?

You can only get a passport with an appointment in India. Every passport application, irrespective of the type, requires one to book a passport appointment online to proceed with the process.

- How many times can I reschedule my passport appointment?

Only three appointment cancellations or reschedulings are permissible within one year of the initial application date.

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