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 Sangeetha Sridhar, Dr.Rajan Philips, Hasan Kamoonpuri
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By A Staff Reporter -MUSCAT — The Indian Embassy here has announced that the BLS International, to whom the Embassy of India, Muscat has outsourced passports, visa and passport-related miscellaneous services, is opening mobile collection centres at eight locations.

These are across the Sultanate namely in Salalah, Jaalan, Sohar, Sur,
Nizwa, Ibri, Buraimi and Khasab with effect from July 16.
The mobile collection centres will operate from 4 pm to 6 pm Saturdays to Wednesdays (except government holidays).
The applicants are required to pay the normal Service Provider Fee (70 baisas for passports/miscellaneous services and RO 3.050 for visas) and Indian Community Welfare Fee of RO 1 for each application along with the prescribed fee for passport/visa service.
Other services such as SMS, Courier service are optional and not mandatory.

Passport services in Muscat

Following are the general requirements for all types of Indian passport services one can apply in OMAN. Please prepare your passport application according to the guidelines given below.

All applications are to be accompanied with a photocopy of the prescribed pages of the passport-first two pages, last page and the page containing valid visa. A copy of ID card / residence card also to be enclosed.

Current Address -

BLS International Services, Unit No.108 - First Floor,



Office timing- Saturday to Thursday - 8 AM to 12.30 PM and 1.30 PM to 8.00 PM.

Token will be issued till 7.00 PM only.
Tatkal passports submission timing - 9 AM to 10 AM (both for visa & passport)
Passport collection timings: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (both for visa & passport)

Helpline: +968 - 24566080

Lunch timing- 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

For Location Map  Click here

Please note the service charges for various optional services:
  • Courier service: RO 3.000
  • SMS Charge: RO 0.500
  • Photograph: RO 2.500
  • Form filling: RO 2.000

The address of the mobile collection centres are:

Salalah 612, Al Nahda Street, Police Station Road;
Jaalan: Al Satmi Building, Shop No 1, Bldg No E475, Near Jaalan Bani Bu Ali Post Office;
Sohar: Bldg No 171, Al Humbar Street, Opp Habeeb Bank P B No 379 PC 311;
Nizwa: Alfoura Commercial Complex, First Floor, Room No 15, Nizwa Souk;
Khasab: Lulu Hypermarket LLC Shop 11, PB No 238, PC 811; and
Ibri: Souk Road, Near Musandam Exchange.

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/ Re-issue of passports
Renewal / Reissue on Expiry of validity / Exhaustion of pages / due to change in appearance / Change of Address in the Printed Passport / Correction of date / place of birth involving issue of new passport booklet | Fee : 29.900
Issue of new passport (36 pages booklet, validitiy-5 yrs) for Minor child (below 18 years) | Fee: 20.300
Registration of Birth & application for Passport for a New Born Child | Fee: 19.570
New Passport – in married name in case of woman | Fee : 29.900
New Passport – (in case of woman from married name to maiden name consequent upon divorce/death of husband) | Fee : 29.900
New passport – (in the case of a re-married woman applying for change of her name/spouse name in her passport) | Fee : 16.470
New Passport – (all other cases other than woman seeking change from maiden name to married name or from married name to maiden name consequent upon divorce/death of husband or applying for change of her name/spouse name in her passport in the case of re-marriage) | Fee : 29.900
New Passport in lieu of lost Passport | Fee : 58.800
New Passport in lieu of Damaged Passport | Fee : 58.800


Renewal of Passport (For short validity passports)
Passport renewals | Fee : Gratis


Miscellaneous Services
ECNR | Fee : 29.900
Confirmation of passport details | Fee : 4.070
Registration of Indian Nationals | Fee : 4.970


Issue of Certificates
Police Clearance Certificate | Fee : 10.700
Emergency Certificate (Six months validity) | Fee : 6.800
Renewal of Emergency Certificate | Fee : 6.800
NRI Certificate (For Educational Purposes Only) | Fee : 8.870


PIO Card
Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card | Fee :120.070


Overseas Citizenship of India
Registering under Overseas Citizenship of India | Fee : 106.770
Registering under OCI for PIO Card Holders | Fee : 9.770
Transfer of Universal of Visa | Fee : 2.070

Frequently asked questions

Q1. I am presently residing in Oman. I got my passport when I was on my Delhi address. Now I have shifted to Bangalore. Should I change my address in the passport? …. If change is required, what are the documents required and how much time will it take?

  • Ans. It is up to you to change the address. It is always better if your passport indicates your current address. For this purpose, you need to fill up application form and submit it along with valid proof of your residential address.

Q2. I don’t have ECNR stamp in my Passport. Can I get it on the basis of my provisional matriculation or above certificate issued by the University/Board concerned?

  • Ans. We are no longer affixing ECNR stamp in passports. In fact it is not even printed in the new passport booklets. Currently, only ECR stamp is being put in passports if applicant is not eligible for ECNR. However, you are entitled to ECNR status if you possess qualification of Matriculation or above. Even you can get ECNR status on the basis of provisional matriculation certificate if the mark sheets of all semesters of your course are available with you. Further to get ECNR stamp, the applicant should have stayed abroad for more than 3 years excluding the period(s) of visit to India or should be a dependent who is below 18 years and whose parents have ECNR status in their passports or should be a person (he/she) whose spouse has ECNR status in his or her passport or should be above 50 years of age

Q3. I have downloaded the application form from your website. Can I fill it up & submit?

  • Ans. Yes.

Q4. I got my passport 2 years ago. I got married recently. Should I include my spouse’s name in my passport? If so, what is the procedure?

  • Ans.

    It is better to include your spouse’s name in your passport. For this, please fill up application Form and submit it along with marriage certificate, photocopy of spouse’s passport (if she has one).Original  Marriage Certificate issued by Registrar of Marriages should be duly attested by the Home Department of the concerned State in India where the marriage is registered.

    Application in EAP-I form. In such cases, a new passport will be issued

Q5. I have a one-month-old baby? Does the baby require a separate passport Or his/her name can be endorsed in one of the parents’ passport?

  • Ans. Endorsement of child’s name in parents’ passports is not allowed anymore. As per the amended law, minors should have separate passports.

Q6.In case of a minor child passport, whose mother is in India and father in Oman, whether father should submit consent to mother to apply for a passport? If so, what is the procedure?

  • Ans. Yes. Consent of the spouse, who is abroad, is required for submitting the application. It should be in the form of a Sworn Affidavit duly attested by the Indian Embassy/Consulate abroad. For this you should visit Embassy or Consulate.

Q7. What is the difference between Re-issue and Renewal of a passport?

  • Ans. Passports are Re-issued after the expiry of their 10-year validity period. If you had been issued a Short Validity Passport (i.e. a passport of validity less than 10 years) apply for renewal to extend the normal validity of the existing passport to 10 years. In the case of Re-issue of passport a normal fee will be charged whereas for extending the validity (renewal) no fee is charged.

Q8. My passport expired 5 years ago. Can I renew it? What is the procedure for it?

  • Ans. In such a case, you have to fill up Application Form and submit it along with original/photocopy of your expired passport and proof of your residence/address and reason for delay in re -issue. However, since the passport expired 5 years ago, there is an elaborate procedure for re-issue.

Q9. What documents are required when there is a change in name on account of Divorce?

  • Ans. (i) Divorce deed duly authenticated by Court and (ii) Deed Poll or Sworn Affidavit as per specimen given.

Q10. Is it mandatory to submit Birth Certificate in cases of those who are born on or after 26.01.1989?

  • Ans. Yes, Birth Certificate issued by Registrar of Births only is acceptable for those born on or after 26.01.1989.

Q11. In a case of Muslim passport holder, whether entry of second wife name is allowed on passport.

  • Ans. Yes. But the entry of first wife name will remain intact if divorce is not obtained.

Q12. Should fees be charged for miscellaneous services when a person applies for them at the same time as he applies for a new passport, either for the first time or on expiry of the previous passport?

  • Ans. No additional fee should be charged for various miscellaneous services such as change of name, change of address. ECNR stamp etc. when these services are applied for in conjunction with the application for a new passport. The fee for a new passport is a consolidated fee covering all these services.

Q13. What about Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) if it is applied for in conjunction with the application for a new passport? Should the charge for miscellaneous service be levied on this occasion?

  • Ans. Yes. Issue of PCC is a distinct miscellaneous service and does not form an integral part of the passport. The service should be applied on application form and the relevant fee should be charged in addition to the fee for issue of fresh passports.

Q14. When should the miscellaneous service charge prescribed respectively under items 14 and 12 of Schedule IV to the Passport Rules be charged?

  • Ans. Miscellaneous services have been consolidated into those which do or do not require issue of a fresh passport booklet. Any miscellaneous service which requires a fresh booklet to be issued will be charged as per the new booklet charges. This would cover services involving change of entry on the laminated front and back (inner) covers of the passport, like change of name, change of photograph etc. This would also apply when an additional booklet is issued when pages of the old booklet are exhausted.
  • All other miscellaneous services on ordinary passports where only an endorsement on the passport is required, will be charged separately as per the prescribed fee.
  • EXCEPTION: - In the case of replacement of lost or damaged passport, involving issue of a new passport booklet, the fee will be charged separately

Q15. What is the fee to be charged in case of replacement of lost ( or damaged passport?

  • Ans. In case the lost or damaged passport's validity has not expired, the fee for issue of a duplicate passport is RO. 49.200. In case the lost or damaged passport's validity has already finally expired and a fresh passport is issued, the fee to be charged in such cases would be that as prescribed for a fresh passport only.

Q16.Can a legal guardian applies for the passport of the minor?

Ans. A Legal guardian can also be permitted to apply for the passport of a minor child on his furnishing a sworn affidavit supported by another affidavit by two responsible persons who know the legal guardian as well as the minor. However, if the "legal" guardian has been appointed by court order, then this requirement of production of affidavits would not be necessary. 


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