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Passport & Visa

Indian nationals travelling abroad require a valid Indian passport and travel authority for the destination country.
The travel authority is normally in the form of Visa, which is obtained prior to the journey, except in case of countries where "Visa on Arrival" is available.
Indians traveling abroad may also note that some countries insist for certain minimum period of passport validity for allowing entry & for this confirmation should be obtained from the Embassy/travel agent.
Indians having the Emigration Check Required (ECR) category of passports require POE clearance from Ministry of Overseas Indians Affairs for certain destinations if traveling on Employment Visa.
For further details see separate topic on ECNR/ECR/POE. Even for re-entry into the country, an Indian national is required to be in possession of a valid Indian passport or travel document issued by Govt. of India.
Identity documents required for Indian Citizen going to / coming from Nepal by Air :-
(i) Valid National Passport.
(ii) Photo Identity card issued by the Government of India/State Govt./UT
Administration in India to their employees or Election ID card issued by the Election
Commission of India.
(iii) Emergency Certificate issued by Embassy of India, Kathmandu.
(iv) Identity Certificate issued by Embassy of India, Kathmandu.
(v) Persons in the age of group of above 65 years and below 15 years would be
exempted from the requirement of approved identity documents mentioned at SL.
No. (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv). However, they must have some documents with photograph
to confirm their age and identity such as PAN card, Driving license, CGHS card,
Ration card etc.
(vi) Children between the age group of 15 to 18 years may be allowed to travel
between India and Nepal on the strength of Identity certificate issued by the
principal of the school in the prescribed performa.
(vii) In case of a family (family means husband, wife, minor children and parents)
traveling together, the approved identification documents at SL. No. (i), (ii), (iii)
and (iv) would not be insisted from all the family members if one of the adult
members of the family has in possession of one of the prescribed identification
documents at SL. No. (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv). However, the other family members must
have some proof of their identity with photograph and their relationship as a
family viz. CGHS card, Ration card, Driving license,ID card issued by school/college

Note: Aadhaar (UID) card is not an acceptable travel document for travel to

As per the Emigration Act, 1983, Emigration Check Required (ECR) categories of Indian passport holders, require to obtain "Emigration Clearance" from the office of Protector of Emigrants (POE), Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs for going to following 18 countries.
United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Syria, Lebanon, Thailand, Iraq (emigration banned).
However , the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (Emigration Policy Division) have allowed ECR passport holders traveling abroad for purposes others than employment to leave the country on production of valid passport, valid visa and return ticket at the immigration counters at international airports in India w.e.f. 1st October 2007.
If the RPO has issued Indian passport either with endorsement of “Emigration Check Required” or no endorsement of “Emigration Check Required” in the passport, POE clearance is required only when there is “Emigration Check Required” endorsement in the passport.

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