Indian citizens above 60 years, children below 12 years, pregnant women and people of determination are exempted from physical appearance while applying for passports at BLS International centres in the UAE. Also, there is new online system started to book appointments to reduce crowd at the centres.
Indian Embassy Abu Dhabi said the measures were initiated considering the ongoing social distancing norms due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Seniors above 60 years and pregnant woman, through an authorisation letter, can authorise family members or close relatives to submit passport application form along with relevant documents on their behalf.
Pregnant woman can also authorise husband to complete official formalities. Also supporting medical documents confirming pregnancy must be submitted.
In case of children below 12 years, a joint undertaking of both father and mother stating their no-objection to be submitted along with passport application form and relevant documents. And only one of the parents needs to be present at BLS centres.
In case of people of determination, father/mother/family member may submit the passport application form along with relevant documents, besides supporting medical documents/authorisation letter as applicable.