You managed to plan your vacation perfectly- your hotel is booked, your tickets are ready, and your manager approved your leaves. But before you hop on for your trip abroad, do you already have a passport? If yes, did you check its’ validity requirements as stated by your travel destination? Make sure you are aware of your passport application status by keeping the important points shared in this article.
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Many countries abroad need a passport that will be valid for at least 6 months after your planned visit. Without this, there are chances that they may not approve your visa. Thus, it is very important that you track these things and renew your passport before it expires. This can take a lot of time which may disturb your travel insurance plans which you so meticulously worked for.
Even if you have only recently applied for your passport, you can use one of these methods to check its status. These are some situations when a re-issue of the passport may be needed:
In such cases, you must apply for a passport under a fresh category even if you may hold an official or diplomatic passport.
To make it easier for everyone, there are many ways to apply, renew and track one’s passport. You can check your passport application status on your own in the comfort of your home or by taking other routes; as per your convenience. These are mentioned below:
With increased digital facilities, people can easily check their documents online through a lot of websites and applications readily available. In the case of Indian passport, you can visit the Passport Seva, the official government website dedicated to every passport-related service.
There is also a special application designed to be downloaded on your mobile. The mPassport Seva application can be easily installed and used by any person. This app is available on both iOS and Android phones. All you need to do is to register with it and get all the relevant updates. You can check the passport application status by following these quick steps:
In case you need to track the status of your passport application offline, you can do so using these options:
Depending on the type of passport application, your passport processing time may vary. Normal applications usually take over 30 days with passports being issued within 30-45 days.
However, there is a faster way to get your passport. Under Tatkaal mode, a passport can be issued within 7 to 14 days.
In rare cases, if this time duration exceeds or you don’t see any updates, you can take necessary action if your passport was not delivered to you due to negligence. However, this will not be done if this delay was beyond the service center’s control; for example, the coronavirus pandemic caused a lot of disruption and restrictions in work hours.
The Ministry of External Affairs has provided Indian citizens with several grievance redressal mechanisms to deal with such issues. You can do so by providing all the necessary details and lodging your grievance through call, visiting the nearest passport office, through a feedback form, email, or the Passport Seva portal.
Wrapping it up,
Before planning your trip, it's recommended that you are aware of all the passport-related requirements especially if any renewal is necessary. In case of emergencies that need speedy passport issuance or renewal, you can go for the Tatkal mode. You can then easily track your passport application status using any of the discussed methods.