Indian Passport has become stronger from the last five years, as more countries are offering visa-free entry or visa on arrival option to Indians. Almost 23 countries allow visa-free entry to Indians and 39 countries offer visas on arrival. Thus the position of Indian passport global index rank rose to 67 in 2019 from 77 in 2015.
Countries offering visa-free entry are Bhutan, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nepal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, Antarctica, FYRO Macedonia, Svalbard, Montserrat, Turks, and Caicos Islands.
Some of the countries which offer Visa on Arrival to Indians are Bolivia, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritania, Macau, Iraq, Kenya, Palau, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Somalia, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Mozambique, Uganda, British Virgin Islands, Nicaragua, Nieu, Palau, etc.
But the visa policies of the countries change from time-to-time. So it’s advisable to check keenly before applying visa for any country adhering to their rules and regulations.
With the technological development in recent years, the Indian Government is working towards the issuance of E-Passport to Indian citizens across the globe. Thus India joined the other 120 nations that already adopted and implemented the Digital Passport mechanism.
What is an E-Passport?
The e-passport is Electronic Passport that is digitally signed and stored in a chip. The back cover is designed with a silicon chip and an embedded antenna. It has a memory of 64kb which can store the information of about 30 visits. Chip stores the personal data and images of the passport holder.
It is designed by the Ministry of External Officials, Central Passport Organization, India Security Press, and IIT Kanpur. Recently India initiated the first phase of biometric e-passport for Diplomatic passport holders in India and Abroad.
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In India, the first contactless E-Passport was issued in 2008. Later on, it was decided to issue E-Passport to Indian diplomats across the world with the approval of Indian embassies.
Indian Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi said all Indian embassies and consulates are directly connected Passport Seva Project worldwide. He addressed this in an inaugural ceremony of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) that happened in 2019 at Varanasi.
Australia is the first country to opt for the concept of E-Passport due to numerous benefits. In India, the E-Passport process got approved and it’s only a matter of time for Indians to enjoy the actual benefits of it.
Advantages of E-Passport:
E-Passport or Digital Passport has the below benefits:
- It has a better quality of paper and better printing
- Strengthens the security features
- Confirms the identity of the individual with biometric authentication
- Helps to identify the fraud activities
- Used inaccurate identification of travelers at the border crossing.
- It allows smooth passage of passengers at airports without any manual checks near immigration counters.
- For retrieving full details about your last 30 trips including international movements
- All the details are stored in the chip and can be read-only if the chip is left undamaged.
How to get an E-Passport?
Currently, an E-Passport is not issued to the General Public. But the sources say that it would be available very soon in the future. All you have to do is to fill the Passport application online form and submit your biometrics to the Passport authorities in the specified place. A clear guide would be released by the Ministry of External Affairs and Passport Offices soon.
How Indian Passport Became Stronger:
Indians are traveling abroad very frequently for various purposes i.e. education, job, business, tour, etc. Thus the foreign governments realized the spending power of Indians and decided to offer smooth entry to their countries without any visa or visa-on-arrival process. So it leads to the increase in Passport Index Global Rank.
And this development of the Passport rank index is mainly due to two reasons. One is India is welcoming foreign tourists in a huge number in the last 5 years. The other is foreign countries are allowing Indian travelers without any suspicion.
Thus India ranks high above other countries I.e. Bhutan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Egypt, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.
Procedure for applying for an online passport:
At present, passports applied online are not E-Passports. To get your passport in just 3 steps, follow the steps below:
- Fill the online passport application form with relevant details and documents
- Fix an appointment in the nearby Passport Seva Kendra or Post-Office Passport Seva Kendra. Complete the biometric process by submitting the supporting documents.
- Once the verification is successful in the Passport office, your application is processed further for Police verification.
In the Police verification, you can submit the same set of documents that you have given to the Passport office. If the Police verification is also successful, then you get your passport in hand. But all this is a manual process as of now. For the upcoming E-Passport process, all the manual processes are done online using high-secured advanced technologies.
How SmotPro helps in getting a passport in any exceptional case:
When you apply for Passport online yourself, sometimes you can face an issue due to insufficient documents or proofs. There is a chance of getting rejected also if your documents are not valid and are not adhering to the Passport rules.
So here comes SmotPro, one of the best Passport Consultancies in India. We have a dedicated team of professionals who have deep knowledge of all the Passport related issues. Also, we are equipped with the latest technology to move in pace with the latest trends.
There are different exceptional cases that require experienced agents’ support to get your travel documents. Nevertheless, to say, SmotPro takes up all kinds of Passport services with a free consultation, 24*7 customer support and expedited service. Every customer is assigned to a dedicated manager to take care until the end of the process.
For exceptional cases, SmotPro takes an extra effort in consulting customers, preparing documents, educating about the Passport appointment procedure, guiding through the Police verification, etc. You are assured to get the Passport in hand in a hassle-free manner even for the toughest cases.
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