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Times of Oman,
M Najmuz Zafar: India's Ministry of External
Affairs issued a notification raising the fee for passport and related services
on Friday. With the amendment, the fee for a normal passport for citizens abroad
will go up by 88 per cent, from the current US$40 to US$75 (RO28.8).
BLS International Services in Oman, to which the Indian Embassy has outsourced
passport-related services, currently charges RO16.4 for the issue of normal
passports, but with the revision, the fee is likely to go up to RO30.
The fees for miscellaneous services like the police clearance and emergency
certificates have been raised to US$25 (RO9.6) and US$15 (RO5.7) respectively.
BLS currently charges RO8.8 for the former and RO3 for the later.
Officials at the Indian Embassy in Muscat said that they are yet to get a copy
of the circular from MEA. “We are sure to get a copy by Sunday and will
issue a statement accordingly,” an official said.
Sukant Mohanty, operations manager, BLS International, said that he had not
heard the news. “As we operate under the embassy, we have to receive an official
communication from the embassy in order to take action,” he said.
MEA said the rule shall come into effect from October 1.
New rates from Oct 1
- Issue of fresh passport or reissue of passport for changes in personal
particulars, containing 36 pages, with a validity of ten years
- New charge: US$75 (RO28.8) Current charge: RO16.4
- Issue of fresh passport or reissue of 36-page passport for minors below 18
years of age with a validity of five years
- New charge: US$50 (RO19.2) Current charge: RO10.7
- Issue of new passport in lieu of damaged passport
- New charge: US$150 (RO57.7) Current charge: RO49.2