What are the types of Passport in India – 2018

Step by Step guidelines for making a Passport online – 2018

Passport in India Passport in India – In India, there are basically 3 types of Passports which was issued by Government of India under the Passport Act, 1967.

Types of Passport in India –


1. Ordinary passport(dark blue cover) is issued to ordinary citizens for ordinary travel, such as for vacation, study and business trips (36 or 60 pages). It is a “Type P” passport, where P stands for personal.

2. Official passport(white cover) is issued to individuals representing the Indian government on official business. It is a “Type S” passport, S standing for service.

3. Diplomatic passport(maroon cover) is issued to Indian diplomats, top ranking government officials and diplomatic couriers. It is a “Type D” passport with D standing for diplomatic.

Tatkaal passports (for urgent needs) and Short validity passports (SVP) are also available, and these are generally considered Ordinary passports once issued. A passport with 36 pages has 31 pages for Visa and immigration stamps. A passport with 60 pages has 55 pages for Visa and immigration stamps. The validity of both the passports is the same. The number of pages is the only difference. The standard passport contains 36 pages, but frequent travellers can opt for a passport containing 60 pages.

Online Application for a passport facilitates you by booking an appointment at the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or passport center. It has been introduced to ensure avoiding congestion at the Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) and cutting down the waiting time for applicants. Appointment date/time will be allotted automatically as per the availability of appointment slots at the desired PSK.


Quesiton 1. What are the types of passport in India 2018?

Answer: The 3 types of passport in India are:

Ordinary Passport – Navy Blue Colour

Officail Passport – White Colour

Diplomatic Passport – Maroon Colour

Question 2. What are the types of visa in India?

Answer: Tourist, Entry (X), Employment, Intern (I), Business, Student, Conference, Journalist, Film (F), Research, Medical and Transit Visa are the 12 types of visa available in India where 2 new types Intern (I) and Film (F) came into effect from April 1, 2017.

Question 3. Shall I need to carry the online Application (ARN) receipt at the time of appointment In PSK?

Answer: No, as now the application’s printout is not required for passport in India. Just showing the sms with your appointment details in enough and accepted as a proof of appointment at PSK/PO.

Question 4. Can minor also get a Passport in India?

Answer: Yes, minor can get a passport in India, but both parents/guardians must appear in person along with the minor and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor.

Question 5. What documents are required for minor’s passport in India?

Answer: For the address proof – Parent’s current address proof can be submitted.

If parents possess the passport then self-attested copies along with the original must carry to PSK.

The documents can be attested by the parents.

Minors are eligible for Non-ECR till the age of 18 years.