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RENUNCIATION OF INDIAN CITIZENSHIP

Indian passport holders on acquisition of foreign citizenship are required to immediately surrender their Indian passports to the High Commission of India in Pretoria or the nearest Indian Consulate in Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town as per the jurisdiction. The applicant will be issued a Renunciation Certificate on submission of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship form and the Indian passport, which will be cancelled and returned to the applicant. No renunciation/surrender certificate will be issued if latest Indian passport is not surrendered physically.

Applications for renunciation are to be made on the prescribed form which is available at 
https://www.hcipretoria.gov.in/docs/Form%20XXII-Renunciation.pdf and to be submitted along with following documents:

  • 1.      Duly filled 1st page of the Renunciation Application FormThe 2nd page of the form has to be filled by an Indian Passport holder who will vouch for the correctness of the statements of the applicant.
  • 2.      Copy of the Naturalization Certificate & Original for verification
  • 3.      Copy of the South African/Lesotho Passport & Original for verification
  • 4.      Self-Attested copy of the First and Last page of the Indian Passport along with the Visa/Permit page.
  • 5.      Original passport for cancellation
  • 6.      Two photographs
  • 7.      Proof of address
  • 8.      Copy of the Indian passport and residence proof of the Indian national vouching for the correctness of the statement of the applicant.
  •        Any other document asked by the Consular Officer. 

Applicants who have already acquired foreign citizenship on or before May 31, 2010 will not be required to pay renunciation fees. However, they will be required to pay miscellaneous fees of R 330 when their Indian passport is submitted for cancellation and issuing surrender certificate. Those Indian citizens who have acquired foreign citizenship on or after June 1, 2010 will have to submit declaration of renunciation of their Indian citizenship and pay fees of R 1550.

Under Section 12(a) of the Passports Act, possession of Indian passport by foreign nationals is a cognizable offence punishable with minimum imprisonment of one year (extendable upto 5 years) and with minimum fine of Rs 10,000 (extendable upto Rs 50,000). It has therefore been decided, to impose penalty for such violations. The details of the penalties are as below:

Passport not surrendered up to three years and not used for travel after obtaining foreign passport  

No penalty

Passport not surrendered up to three years and travelled once after obtaining foreign passport.

No penalty for retention of passport  but penalty of Rs.10,000 (RAND 2170)  for travel on Indian passport

Passport not surrendered up to three years and travelled more than once after obtaining foreign passport.

No penalty for retention of passport  but penalty of Rs.10,000  (RAND 2170)  for each travel on Indian passport (aggregate penalty on travel not to exceed Rs.50,000 ) (RAND 10830)


Passport not surrendered for over three years and used for travel after obtaining foreign passport.  

Penalty of Rs.10,000.-(RAND 2170) for retention of passport  and penalty of Rs.10,000  (RAND 2170) for each travel on Indian passport (aggregate penalty on travel not to exceed Rs.50,000) (RAND 10830)

Renewal/re-issue of Indian passport and travelling on it after acquiring foreign nationality.

(i) Rs.25,000 (RAND 5415) for each renewal/re-issue and

(ii)  Rs.10,000 (RAND 2170) on each travel on Indian passport (aggregate penalty on travel not to exceed Rs.50,000 ) (RAND 10830)