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Renunciation of Indian Citizenship from Colombia/Ecuador

As per the latest guidelines given below, the process of renunciation and issuance of Renunciation certificate may take approx. 1-2 months or even more in specific cases. So, applicants are suggested to plan accordingly and apply for the same well in advance.

A. Instructions to applicants for renunciation of Indian Citizenship

1.    Any Indian citizen can renounce his/her citizenship by making a declaration in the Form XXII specified in Rule 23 of The Citizenship Rules, 2009. The application Form has to be filled only on the online portal of MHA Renunciation of Indian Citizenship (indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in)

2.    The applicant can apply at Indian Mission/Post concerned based on his present address.

3.    The renouncer would fill all his/her details and upload relevant documents in above mentioned website, take a print-out and visit the Indian Mission/Post concerned for interview, signing the declaration before the concerned authority (i. e. Consular officer) and to submit the print-out of the application with supporting documents.

4.    Separate application has to be filed for each applicant.

5.    The online form should be filled in Block/Capital. 

6.    Once the application form is submitted online by the applicant, then no further modifications are allowed. Hence applicants are requested to carefully verify the details before submitting the ontline application form.

7.    MHA File Number would be generated automatically after the submission of online application and the same will be communicated to the applicant by e-mail. Applicant must keep note of it for tracking the status and refer this file number for any future correspondence.

8.    Applicant can pay the fees directly online as per the amount shown on the MHA website. In case, if the applicant is unable to pay the prescribed fee online, he may pay the same in offline mode by depositing the amount in Embassy account. The latest fees for different servces can be found at (Click Here)

9.    Complete step by step instructions for filling a fresh online application, modifying a partially filled online application, printing an application submitted online may be referred in MHA website at STEP BY STEP GUIDE

10.   Applicant must take the print out of the online submitted application and personally submit the same at the Indian Mission/Post concerned along with original documents for further action by authority.

11.   Applicant will be provided acknowledgement in Form XXIII after his signed application/declaration is successfully uploaded by the Indian Mission/Post. This may be sent to applicant through e-mail.

12.   The decision of the competent authority on declaration of renunciation of Indian citizenship shall be conveyed to the applicant through e-mail. On acceptance of the declaration by the Competent Authority, a signed Renunciation Certificate (RC) will be sent by post in due course of time.

13.   Applicant may note the legal provision under section 8 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 which provides that where a person ceases to be a citizen of India on renunciation of citizenship under section 8 (1),every minor child of that person shall thereuponceases to be a citizen of India However, such child may, within one year after attaining full age, can make a declaration in the prescribed form and manner that he wishes to resume Indian citizenship.

14.   A person who has ceased to be Indian citizen is required to surrender the documents which he had acquired on the basis of his Indian citizenship (e.g.Voter ID Card etc)to the authorities.

15.    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Renunciation of Indian Citizenship. (CLICK HERE) 


B. Documents to be submitted at Embassy for processing of Renunciation applications.

  • Original Indian Passport alogn with copy of Indian Passport (front and back).
  • Completed, printed, and signed Application form of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship (as explained in Step A)

  • Letter Explaining the reasons why the person is applying for renunciation of Indian Citizenship, along with contact details (email, current address address, mobile number) and for how long you have been living in Colombia/Ecuador. 

  • Proof of residency in Colombia/Ecuador (Employer’s letter or copy of any public service bill of residence or any proof of the permanent residence)

  • Original Indian Passport alogn with copy of Indian Passport (front and back).

  • Three (3) photographs 5 cm x 5 cm

  • Proof of Online payment or Original Deposit slip if the fees is deposited in Embassy's account. 
  • Personal particulars form
  • Renunciation format

Address to Send/Submit all the Documents:

Embassy of India, Calle 116 # 7-15, Torre Cusezar Oficina 301, Código Postal: 110111287, Bogotá, Colombia

DHL(optional): Need to pay DHL/Courier charges in case if the applicants want the Embassy to send bank the documents/Passports through courier. If the applicants are going to collect the documents/Passports directly from the Embassy, No need to pay this amount. Please check the fee chart regarding how much to pay.

Latest Fee Chart for Passport/Consular/Miscellaneous Services (Click Here)

For details of Embassy's Bank a/c and procedure about making the payment, please (CLICK HERE) 

For any assistance or further clarifications, please send an email to Consular.Bogota@mea.gov.in or/and visa.Bogota@mea.gov.in

Surrender of Indian Passport

Surrender of Indian passports after acquisition of foreign nationality

As per the Passports Act 1967, it is mandatory for all Indian passport holders to surrender their passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign nationality. Misuse of Indian passports constitutes an offence under Section 12(1A) of the Passports Act 1967.

2. The Embassy will not be in a position to render services like OCI, PIO cards, Visa until the Indian passport has been duly surrendered on acquisition of foreign nationality.

3. The form for miscellaneous services already available on our website can be used for surrendering the Indian passport (option 8 - Misc. Services) with a fee of . The form must be accompanied by a covering note clearly stating the date of acquisition of foreign nationality.

4. All applications for OCI/PIO Card and Indian visa should be accompanied by a Surrender Certificate obtained as above, or an affidavit confirming the status of the Indian passport previously held and details of any journey(s) that may have been undertaken on the Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality. 5. Please be informed that a penalty as per details given below would be imposed for non-surrender of Indian passport after acquiring a foreign passport and travel on the Indian passport thereafter.

S.N. Scenario Penalty Section
1. Passport not surrendered up to three years and not used for travel after obtaining foreign passport. No penalty --
2. Passport not surrendered up to three years and travelled once after obtaining foreign passport. No penalty for retention of passport but penalty of Rs. 10,000/- for travel on Indian passport 12(1A)
3. Passport not surrendered up to three years and travelled more than once after obtaining foreign passport. No penalty for retention of passport but penalty of Rs. 10,000/- for each travel on Indian passport (aggregate penalty on travel not to exceed Rs. 50,000/-) 12(1A)
4. Passport not surrendered for over three years and used for travel after obtaining foreign passport Penalty of Rs. 10,000/- for retention of passport and penalty of Rs. 10,000/- for each travel on Indian passport (aggregate penalty on travel not to exceed Rs. 50,000/-). 12(1A)
5. Renewal/re-issue of Indian passport and travelling on it after acquiring foreign nationality (i) Rs. 25,000/- for each renewal/re-issue and, (ii) Rs. 10,000/- for each travel on Indian passport (aggregate penalty on travel not to exceed Rs. 50,000/-) 12(1A)
6. A grace period of three months is allowed from the date of acquisition of foreign citizenship, for the purpose of travel on an Indian Passport. Therefore, no penalty will be leviable for travel on an Indian passport within three months of acquisition of a foreign passport.