A document that captures and stores your travel footprint. Like everything in the world, your passport too comes with an expiry date. An Indian passport is normally valid for 10 years from the date of issue. Expiration of the old passport calls for its renewal and re-issuance. Similarly, for frequent travelers, exhaustion of passport pages, also calls for a re-issuance of passport. In either situation, an intriguing question arises, do you need to preserve your old PASSPORT?
StampMyVisa answers this with a resounding "YES". In any situation of passport re-issuance, your old passport must be preserved.
Travel history is considered as an important parameter during the Visa Application process or immigration. The old passport serves as a document for verification of your travel history for both visa application and immigration. A strong travel history enhances a traveler’s chances of acquiring a visa.
The old passport has to be produced in two important situations: Immigration and Visa Application. Every new passport issued to the traveler contains the details of the last passport you held. This creates an obligation for the traveler to produce the old passport in case it is demanded by the authorities. Travelers must carry their old passports while traveling, as it can be demanded by immigration authorities of their own country as well as of the destination country. Inability to produce your old passport may lead to unnecessary questioning, delay in clearing immigration or deportation altogether. Old passports also serve as a crucial documentation when applying for visas. Some countries mandate submission of old passports while applying for a visa. Check out visa requirements on StampMyVisa (opens in a new tab) to know whether the destination of your choice requires an old passport.
The old passport submission mandate causes panic for travelers who have lost their old passports. Here’s what you should do in case of loss of old passport:
- File an FIR with your local police station
- Maintain the FIR copy as a valid proof of loss of your passport
- Keep the FIR copy handy when you are traveling
When you have applied for a new passport and it’s under process, the old passport is defaced by the passport officer by punching a hole on its front page. Although this passport is returned, you cannot travel on this passport. A defaced passport is considered damaged and is not valid for travel.