How important is it to you to have an ECNR passport?

How important is it to you to have an ECNR passport?

Do you need an ECNR passport?

When you travel abroad to work as an Indian, you will need an ECNR stamp on your passport. The Protector of Emigrants has to be contacted if certain travelers are applying for an Emigration Clearance under the Emigration Act of 1983. Certain countries require this clearance.

A passport that is issued after January 2007 without a notation is called an Emigration Certificate Not Required passport (ECNR). When a passport was issued without a notation before January 2007, they are called ECR passports.

What type of passport do you have?

To know if your passport is ECNR or not:

Look at the stamp on the passport (it must be an old booklet type). A passport without an ECR stamp is a non-ECR passport.

On the updated type of passport booklets, ‘Emigration Check Required’ will be written just above the name of your father or guardian.

A passport that does not contain a stamp or printing indicating ECR status is a non-ECR (ECNR) passport.

‘How to remove ECNR stamps from your passport’?

Here are some steps you can follow:

  1. To download the application, log on to From there, click the miscellaneous services tab to download the application.
  2. Submit the Emigration Check deletion request.
  3. You must have two copies of your college diploma, as well as your 10th and 12th grade diploma. You must attach these attested copies. Attach proof of address, such as a voter ID or ration card.
  4. It will cost you Rs. 1500, and you will have a reissued passport with a revised validity and a revised ECNR number.
  5. In addition to the form, you will need all the necessary documentation.


  1. Is it possible to get an emergency ECNR?

An emergency ECNR can be obtained from immigration officers. An immigration officer will simply ask for your educational qualification and attested copies of your income tax return, among other information.

  1. Which countries require ECNR?

These countries require the ECNR when emigrating:

  • Afghanistan,
  • Bahrain,
  • Brunei,
  • Kuwait,
  • Indonesia,
  • Iraq,
  • Jordan,
  • Lebanon,
  • Libya,
  • Malaysia,
  • Oman,
  • Qatar,
  • Sudan,
  • Syria,
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
  • Thailand,
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE),
  • Yemen,

3. Documents needed non-ECR proof?

Documentary proof can be provided by any of the three documents listed below.

  1. Ration card
  2. Driving licence
  3. Voted ID card
  4. Adhar card
  5. PAN card
  6. Self passport 

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