Have you ever spared a thought on the types of passport issued in India? As many of us realised after the centre’s call to bring in the orange passport, we discovered that some passports are more important than others. Some of these passports are meant for giving their holders visa-free travel, faster immigration clearance etc. Read ahead to find out the nature of passports that different classes of people in India use for domestic or international travel.

1. The blue passport

The common man of India is issued the blue-coloured passport. This helps the custom, immigration officials and other authorities abroad distinguish between the common man and government officials of India holding high ranks.

2. The white passport

Of the different types of passport, the white passport is the most powerful one. Government officials are the eligible recipients of white passport. It is issued to persons travelling abroad for official work. The white passport makes it easy for the custom and immigration officials to identify the holder as a government official and give due treatment.

3. The maroon passport

A maroon passport is issued to Indian diplomats and senior government officials. For a high quality passport, a separate application has to be filed. Such passport holders become eligible for several benefits during foreign tours. In addition, they do not need a visa for flying abroad. Also, maroon passport holders are able to clear immigration formalities much faster than regular people.

4. The orange passport (in the pipeline)

Orange PassportThe Indian Government has announced its decision to introduce the orange passport for a majority section of the population. It is meant to identify a person that has not studied beyond class 10. Unlike the regular passport, the orange passport won’t have the last page which mentions the father’s name of the holder, permanent address and other critical details. People who are not educationally qualified fall under ECR (immigration check required) category. It means that every time a person in this category wants to fly abroad, he/she is required to clear the criteria laid down by the immigration officials. (timesofindia)