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Renunciation/Surrendering of Indian Citizenship

Indian Citizenship Act does not provide for dual citizenship. As per the Passport Act, it is mandatory for all Indian passport holders to surrender their last Indian passport to the Consulate immediately after acquisition of foreign nationality. It is an offence under the Citizenship Act and the Passports Act for foreign nationals to hold Indian passports. Once Indian passport is surrendered, The Embassy of India, The Hague will cancel and return it to the Passport holder along with Renunciation/Surrender certificate. The Embassy will not be in a position to render services like OCI, Visa etc. until Renunciation Certificate is submitted.

How to apply

1. Those who have acquired foreign nationality after 01.06.2010        may apply for Renunciation Certificate online on the Ministry          of   Home Affairs (Foreigners Division)                                                 website https://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/

    The applicant has to click on “Declaration of Renunciation of           Citizenship under Section 8 of the Act Made by a Citizen of             India  who is also a Citizen or National of another country”
     Instructions and details regarding the application can be seen        in  the website link given below;


   Applicants need to upload these documents on MHA portal:-

   Bekendmaking Certificate, Copy of Dutch Passport, Copy of all      available Indian passports, address proof copy (utility bill,              bankpassbook, extract from municipality etc)

2. Those who have  acquired foreign nationality before                         01.06.2010 may apply for Surrender Certificate on the link             https://portal3.passportindia.gov.in/Online/index.html

3. For minors also please apply for  Surrender Certificate on the         link https://portal3.passportindia.gov.in/Online/index.html             apart from mentioning names in parents application.

3. Applications for Renunciation and Surrender Certificate ( print       out of the online application form ) may be submitted at                  VFS   Center in The Hague (Parkstraat 99, 2514 JH The Hague,        Netherlands) or Amsterdam(Travelport                                              Building,Radarweg 501- 545, 1043 NZ Amsterdam). The                  submission of      application in person is only possible by              appointment    (click for an appointment). This service can              also     be applied      by   post. Please see  the link to avail               service    by post.

Documents required

Please see link for documents - Link


Please see link for fees Link

Processing Time

Minimum 4 to 6 working days from date of receipt of application at the Embassy for surrender certificate on PSP portal and 30 to 45 days for MHA portal application. 

Note: In case of lost/ misplaced Renunciation certificates please send an email to consular.thehague@mea.gov.in.