Renunciation

Overview

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. Holding Indian Passport / acquiring Indian Passport / travelling on Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties.

Under the Indian law, Persons of Indian Origin who have acquired foreign Nationality are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.

Categories of surrender are as below:

  • Surrender Certificate: If foreign citizenship was obtained before June 2010
  • Renunciation: If foreign citizenship was obtained after June 2010
  • Deemed Surrender Certifcate: Obtained Foreign Citizenship and Indian Passport is lost/misplaced.

The renunciation / surrender certificate procedure and fee structure is based on the date, the Person of Indian Origin, has acquired Dutch/Foreign Citizenship.

If the Date of Dutch / Foreign Citizenship is on or before 1st June -2010 If the Date of Dutch / Foreign Citizenship is after 1st June – 2010


The Government of India has prescribed imposition of penalty on a graded scale, depending on the number of trips made on the Indian passport, renewal of Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality and Retention of Indian Passport for more than 3 years after acquiring foreign nationality,
Please Note: The date on the Naturalisation Certificate will be treated as date of acquiring foreign nationality and not from the date the Dutch Passport was issued.

Fees

Your payment allows you to deposit an application. The latter can be accepted, refused or modified by the Embassy of India in its full right. Once fees have been paid, they cannot be refunded, even in a case of an application refusal or cancellation.

Modes of payment

  • Credit Card or Debit Card (American Express is not accepted)
  • Cash

Fees Chart

The price of your application is made up of fixed service charges and variable consular charges. Please consult the fees chart below in order to calculate the total amount to pay.

Print Fees Brochure Indian Services.

Download instructions:

  • All our forms are provided in PDF format.
  • In order to view, download and print these forms, you would require the software Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Please click here to download the software.

Documents Required

Kindly print the check list which corresponds with the service you wish to apply for and attach it with your application. It must be filled in and signed. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Print Renunciation Checklist

Photo Specifications

Photographs should be in colour and strictly as per the specifications below.

  • Un-mounted - 2 inch x 2 inch in size.
  • Face should cover about 70 to 80% of the photo area.
  • Frame Subject with Full Face, Front view, Eyes open
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance.
  • The photographs must be clear, well defined and taken against a plain white background.
  • Appropriate brightness and contrast showing your skin tones naturally
  • Even lighting (no shadows across or behind the face)
  • Face must be square to the camera with a neutral expression, neither frowning nor smiling and with your mouth closed.
  • If you must wear a head covering for religious reasons, make sure your full facial features are not obscured.
  • Non-tinted prescription glasses are allowed as long as your eyes are clearly visible. Make sure that the frame does not cover any part of your eyes. Sunglasses are not acceptable.
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  • Photograph for Child/babies - The photograph should show the baby or child awake, looking straight at the camera with mouth closed and nothing covering the mouth. It should also show both edges of the face clearly (no toys, blankets, chair backs or other people visible) and no hair across the eyes.

Please Note:
A photo service is available in all of our centres.

Processing Time

The Embassy of India and VF Services Netherlands Limited cannot, in any circumstances, be held responsible for any applications which are not completed in time for your intended date of departure. Kindly note that obtaining a Deemed Surrender Certificate is not automatic; your application may be accepted, modified or refused by the Embassy of India in its full right.

Applications processed individually

Each application is processed individually by the Embassy of India: as a result processing times may vary between applications that appear to be similar.

Minimum processing times

The company VF Services Netherlands Limited has no influence over the processing times of a Surrender Certificate application: these depend essentially on the Embassy of India. We are therefore not in a position to guarantee maximum processing times. We are only able to communicate minimum processing times, provided for information purposes only.

Minimum processing times for an Renunciation Certificate application
Mode of Submission Minimum Processing Time
In Hague Minimum 3 – 5 working days but may take longer
In Amsterdam Minimum 4 - 6 working days but may take longer
In Rotterdam Minimum 4 - 6 working days but may take longer

The Embassy of India reserves the right to withhold any application submitted for an in-depth examination

Download Form(S)

As a private outsourcing partner of the Embassy of India, The Hague, VF Services Netherlands Limited has no influence over the content of the application form and are not in a position to modify its content or structure.

Instructions to fill in the application form

  • Applicants must fill the form in block capitals
  • The form should be signed and dated accordingly

Please note that if the supporting documents provided are not satisfactory, the applicant will be asked to provide more documentary evidence.

Print Renunciation application form
Declaration form