Want to renew your Indian passport in the UAE? You will be glad to know that the process for renewing passports has been made quite simple!
This guide will share the complete process for Indian passport renewal in the UAE, including renewal fees, locations and processing time!
Indian expats in the UAE have to go through a simple process to renew their passport.
The BLS International Services Centre is the passport services agency that handles the collection of Indian passport renewal applications and fees.
Also, please be aware that while your application is submitted to BLS International Service Centres, it is the Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi or Consulate General of India, Dubai that will accept or reject your application.
Below are the steps required to renew your Indian passport in the UAE.
For your Indian passport renewal in the UAE, you will need to visit the nearest BLS International Services Centre.
The BLS Centre locations for major branches across the UAE are mentioned below in the article.
Looking for the required documents for Indian passport renewal in the UAE?
Fortunately, there are not many documents required for the process. For the renewal of Indian passport in the UAE, you are required to bring along:
However, please be aware that these are the documents required only if you are applying for the renewal of an Indian passport with a valid UAE residence visa, and no corrections or amendments are to be made.
Additional documentation may be required for certain circumstances, such as an expired UAE residence visa.
You can find out more about supporting documents needed for various situations on the official BLS Centre website.
Additionally, extra documentation will be required if applicants with UAE residence visa issued in Abu Dhabi/Al Ain are applying at BLS Centres in Dubai/Northern Emirates.
This will also apply for Dubai/Northern Emirates visa-holders applying at BLS Centres in Abu Dhabi/Al Ain.
When visiting the BLS Centres for renewing Indian passport in such cases, please also bring along proof of residency in the emirate you are applying, such as a tenancy contract or a letter from the company stating that you work/live in the emirate.
Please note that applicants renewing Indian passport in Dubai or the rest of the UAE must submit their documents and application in person at the BLS Centres.
For minors looking to renew Indian passport in the UAE, the documents required are as follows:
Additionally, both parents will need to accompany the child for the procedure for Indian passport renewal in the UAE.
Applicants going for Indian passport renewal at BLS Centres are not required to make an appointment beforehand.
They can simply visit during the BLS Centre and take a token number for their turn. Applicants can also take photographs and photocopies of documents and type up of the application form at the BLS centre itself.
Upon their turn, they can submit the supporting documents to the submission officer at the BLS Centre and pay the required fees for Indian passport renewal.
Applicants renewing their Indian passport will also have to sign the application form in the presence of the submission officer.
Important Note: The BLS Centre in Khaleej Centre, Dubai is currently not accepting applicants below the age of 12 years and adults above the age of 60 years, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
These applicants will need to visit the BLS Centre in Zeenah Building, Deira.
The BLS Centre in Abu Dhabi is currently only accepting limited applications for passport renewal. These include applicants whose passports have already expired or will expire soon.
Don’t want to wait in the queues? Applicants can opt for BLS Centre’s Premium Lounge service, which is available in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
With this service, applicants can schedule an appointment online through the BLS Centre website. Additionally, premium applicants will be able to submit their application faster and enjoy pre-screening of their documents in a dedicated lounge area.
Applicants going for Indian passport renewal in Dubai or Abu Dhabi can opt for this service at an extra charge of AED 236 per applicant. However, this does not mean that the processing time of your passport will be faster.
The Indian passport renewal processing time in Dubai is a minimum of 5 days when applying for the normal service
Adult and minor applicants will need to wait a minimum of 5 working days before they receive their renewed passport. However, if applicants have selected the Tatkal (urgent) service, the Indian passport renewal processing time is a minimum of 2 working days.
Applicants will receive their renewed Indian passport via a courier service. You can also track your Indian passport renewal status through the official BLS Centre UAE website.
if you’re a frequent traveller, why not choose a jumbo booklet with 60 pages? However, the Indian passport renewal fees in Dubai for jumbo booklets will be higher than normal 36-page booklets
Wondering how much it costs to renew the Indian passport in the UAE? The Indian passport renewal cost will differ for adult and minor applicants, and the Tatkal (urgent) service. Please note that the prices below to renew your Indian passport in the UAE are inclusive of typing, photo and courier services. Also mentioned below are the Indian passport renewal Tatkal fees in Dubai or other emirates.
Below are the locations and timings for major BLS Centres, for Indian passport renewal in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other emirates.
The BLS Centre Abu Dhabi timings for issuing tokens are only between 08:00 am to 01:30 pm and 02:30 pm to 06:30 pm.
Note: The BLS Abu Dhabi Centre is currently only operating between 09:00 am – 06:00 pm, and the last token will be issued at 04:30 pm.
Please note that the BLS Centre in Abu Dhabi is only accepting limited application for passport renewal.
The BLS Centre Dubai timings for issuing tokens are only between 08:00 am to 12:00 pm and 01:00 pm to 06:30 pm.
Note: The BLS Centre Dubai in Khaleej Centre is currently operating from 09:00 am – 06:00 pm, and the last token will be issued at 04:30 pm.
Please note that this centre is not accepting applicants below the age of 12 years and above the age of 60 years.
Note: The last token will be issued at 03:30 pm at BLS Centre Dubai in Deira.
The BLS Centre Sharjah timings for issuing tokens are only between 08:00 am to 12:00 pm and 01:00 pm to 06:30 pm.
There are other branches of BLS Centres in Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, and more operating from Indian associations in other emirates. You can find out the details of these BLS Centres through their official website.
Need more information? Below are the contact numbers for the BLS Centre Abu Dhabi and BLS Centres in Dubai/Northern Emirates.
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This Guide was originally published in MyBayut.