Act No. 15 of 1967 dated 24th. June, 1967
An Act to accommodate the issue of passports and travel reports, to manage the departure from India of citizens of India and for different persons and for matters coincidental or subordinate thereto.
Be it ordered by Parliament in the Eighteenth Year of the Republic of India as Takes after: –
1. Short title and extent
(1) This Act may be known as the Passports Act, 1967.
(2) It extends to the whole of India and applies additionally to residents of India who are outside India.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,
(a) “departure”, with its grammatical variations and cognate expressions, means
departure from India by water, land or air;
(b) “passport” means a passport issued or deemed to have been issued under this
(c) “passport authority” means an officer or authority empowered under rules
made under this Act to issue passports or travel documents and includes the Central
(d) “Prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
(e) “travel document” means a travel document issued or deemed to have been
issued under this Act.
Passport for departure from India
No person shall depart from, or attempt to depart from, India unless he holds in this behalf a valid passport or travel document.
Explanation.- For the purposes of this section,-
(a) “passport” includes a passport which having been issued by or under the
authority of the Government of a foreign country satisfies the conditions prescribed under the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 in respect of the 34 of 1920 class of passports to which it belongs;
(b) “travel document” includes a travel document which having been issued by or under the authority of the Government of a foreign country satisfies the conditions
Extension of period of passport :
Where a passport is issued for a shorter notice than the prescribed period under section 7, such shorter period shall, unless the passport authority for reasons to be recorded in writing otherwise determines, be extendable for a further period (which together with the shorter period shall not exceed the prescribed period) and provision of this Act shall apply to such extension as they apply to the issue thereof.