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Passport in Mauritius - Renewal or Application for new, lost or stolen

gices
(Level 5)
19 Dec 2014 16:56, updated
01 Jun 2011, published

Application for a passport is done at the Passport and Immigration Office which is located at the Sterling House (9-11 Lislet Geoffroy Street) in Port Louis. There are six other sub branches located in the main districts of Mauritius namely at Rose Hill, Moka, Rose Belle, Curepipe, Flacq and Piton where it can be made. The Passport and Immigration Office is a branch of the police force that enforces immigration laws as well as deals with the relevant documentation for visits and naturalisation of non citizens.

Services offered by the passport office include provision of passports and travel documents, provision of visas to non citizens who need legal permits to enter the island, provision of residence and occupation permits and controlling the entry and exit processes onto the island.
All people of Mauritian origin are eligible for a Mauritian passport.

The application form can be obtained at the nearest police station, the main passport office or downloaded from the government of Mauritius website at http://passport.govmu.org.

How to apply for a Mauritian passport?

Documents needed to obtain a passport include IDs, birth certificates, two recent passport size photographs (against a white background plus signed by two witnesses at the back), certificate of citizenship if applicable, previous passport if applicable, police certificate if applicable, marriage certificate if applicable and divorce decree if applicable.

For minors, additional documents to those above include IDs, birth certificates and judge’s order (if applicable) of the parents. All documents must be submitted in duplicate copies and originals must be produced for verification. In addition, two witnesses, who have known the applicant for at least two years and must be in either legal or religious profession, must countersign the application form.

The validity of the passport is for 10 years for adults and 5 years for children under 16 years. The identity of the applicant must also be certified by the police from the nearest police station before submission of the document. Passports are delivered within 7 days after payment.

How much does it cost?

Passport fees are at Rs700 for adults, Rs400 for minors, senior citizens and disabled persons (with relevant documents from the social security office). On the first loss of a passport (or damage), a fee of Rs5000 must be paid; on the second loss (or damage), Rs15000 must be paid while on every other subsequent losses a cumulative fee of Rs15000 must be paid.

Working hours of the head office are from 9am to 2.30pm on weekdays, 9am to 11am on Saturdays (to noon for other businesses than passport application) while the sub branches operate from 9am to noon and 1pm to 2.30pm on weekdays only and from 08.30am to 9m and 2.30pm to 4pm for other businesses that passport applications.

Amendments to the passport regarding change of name, profession or extension of the normal validity can be done for a fee of Rs100, a filled endorsement form from the immigration office and documentary evidence of the stated change.

For a mauritian passport renewal, that is if your current passport has expired, a fee of Rs700 will be charged (similar to application for a new passport).

In case of loss, it must be reported immediately to the police and a certificate of loss is given which must be presented to the immigration office for the application of a new passport. Any person who commits an offence regarding passport procedures makes an offence under the passport act and shall have to pay a fine of not more than Rs1000 and may be subject to imprisonment for not more than 1 year.

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jen3
jen3  (Level 1)
07 Oct 2013 10:23
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Hello, last year I had lost my passport, I've reported it to the nearest police station then a few days ago I got it in a drawer at my place. I went to the police station where I registered the lost passport, the police men told me to sign a paper then he told me that I can travel if I want. Yesterday when I went for immigration at the airport they told me that I can't travel because I have a registered lost passport. Can you please tell me how much time will it take to get a new one??
thanks

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
07 Oct 2013 10:31

You should get it within 7 days, sometimes as quick as 2 days depending on the amount of work they have.

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virgyshyama
virgyshyama  (Level 1)
30 Oct 2013 17:13
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Hello im a mauritian live in italy..recently i applied for a new passport for my son and renew mine at ambassade of mauritius which is found in paris.i have to come to mauritius for a work this december.they will give me laisser passer.i must return to italy to the end of december.i would like to know will i be able to get the passport thus i can return..n how much time it will tke to get it there.thks

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
30 Oct 2013 18:53

I don't know about the ambassade in Paris but if you apply at the Passport Office in Mauritius, you'll get it within 7 days.

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Danny_Desperles
Danny_Desperles  (Level 1)
17 Sep 2014 08:15
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I lost my Mauritian passport 40 years ago whilst in England, now I possess a British passport, how do I go about applying for a Mauritian one.

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
17 Sep 2014 17:16

Please do not create multiple posts for the same thing.

A similar question has already been answered, so use the search facility on the website. I'll try to put the link when I get back home.

Thanks.

Edit

Here's the link in case you didn't find it.

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Danny_Desperles
Danny_Desperles  (Level 1)
18 Sep 2014 08:48

My old passport photo has been removed, can I send it back to renew.
Regards

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
19 Sep 2014 02:14

I'm not following - you said you've lost your passport, so what about the photo?

Please use the reply button to make it easier to follow the conversation.

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Danny_Desperles
Danny_Desperles  (Level 1)
19 Sep 2014 09:16

My daughter phoned from England to say she's found the passport with the photo removed, the passport was issued in 1969, somehow the photograph has been removed.

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
19 Sep 2014 23:37

The Mauritian Passport is valid for 10 years, so yours has expired. Therefore ask your daughter to send it over and download the application form for renewal from their website and submit the documents they require (all stated on the application form).

Worst case scenario they'll ask you to pay the fee for a damaged passport (Rs5,000) but when I went to renew mine, the signature bit was torn but they didn't make any fuss.

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hilarymybelle-hisui
hilarymybelle-hisui  (Level 1)
30 Nov 2014 13:16
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Hello.. im mauritian, 19 and i would like to apply for a passport... Do i need a certificate of character to apply for it? And how many days/weeks will it take aprox..
And in how many days will i receive my certificate of character if i apply for it?
Please

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
30 Nov 2014 23:31

Like I mentioned on chat, you don't need the Certificate of Character to apply for a passport.

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Natasha1693
Natasha1693  (Level 1)
12 Dec 2014 09:22
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Hi,

I'm student studying in Australia and my passport is expiring on 25 Dec 2014. I've sent all my documents to Mauritius however, a relative of mine said that they won't accept it cause they need NIC. I don't have a national identity card cause I left MRU when I was 16. What can be done?

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
12 Dec 2014 13:06

They need the NIC to confirm you're a Mauritian citizen. If you don't have that, you may have to look into getting one first.

Since you're renewing your passport, it might be worth sending a letter explaining the circumstances of why you do not have an NIC. They may accept it as you already hold a passport.

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Natasha1693
Natasha1693  (Level 1)
12 Dec 2014 14:13

All done...thanks for your help :)

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johanmoura
johanmoura  (Level 1)
16 Dec 2014 13:42
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hi, is it necessary to have 2 countersigners?

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