Passports Act

Passports Regulations 1969

[GN 22 of 1969 – 4 February 1969] [Section 14]

1. These regulations may be cited as the Passports Regulations 1969.

2. In these regulations –

"Act" means the Passports Act;

"child" means a citizen of Mauritius who is under the age of 16;

"Commonwealth citizen" has the same meaning as in the Mauritius Citizenship Act;

"diplomatic passport" means a passport issued to a citizen of Mauritius for the purpose of attending a mission, either special or otherwise, on behalf of the Government of Mauritius;

"minor's passport" means a passport issued to a child under regulation 5;

"photograph of passport size" means a photograph taken full face without hat, unmounted, the size of which is between 35 millimetres and 40 millimetres in width and between 45 millimetres and 50 millimetres in height;

"responsible parent", in relation to a young person or a child, means both parents of the young person or child, as the case may be, or in the absence of either of them, the person who under the Code Civil Mauricien is entitled to exercise authority over such young person or child;

"senior citizen" means a person of the age of 55 years or over;

"travel document" means a travel document issued under regulation 20;

"young person" means a citizen of Mauritius who is of the age of 16 and above, but under the age of 18.

[Reg. 2 amended by reg. 3 of GN 115 of 1986 w.e.f. 15 November 1986; reg. 3 of GN 130 of 1996 w.e.f. 16 December 1996; reg. 3 of GN 172 of 2005 w.e.f. 26 September 2005.]

3. (1) Subject to paragraph(2), a passport issued to a citizen of Mauritius shall be in the form specified in Part A or Part B of the First Schedule.

(2) (a) A minor's passport shall contain 32 pages and shall be valid for 5 years, unless otherwise stated.

(b) The inside rear cover of a minor's passport shall be as set out in Part C of the First Schedule.

[Reg. 3 revoked and replaced by reg. 4 of GN 172 of 2005 w.e.f. 26 September 2005.]

4. (1) Every applicant for a passport shall fill in the application form provided for the purpose by the Passport Officer.

(2) –

(3) The application shall be accompanied by the relevant civil status certificates.

(4) Every applicant shall submit with his application 2 identical photographs of passport size of himself.

(5) It shall be lawful for the Passport Officer to require the applicant to furnish such evidence as may be required to establish his identity and citizenship.

(5A) (a) Where–

  (i) a person applies for the renewal of his passport which has expired or is completely filled with stamps; and

  (ii) there is no change in his name, marital status or citizenship since he made his last application for a passport, that person shall not be required to submit relevant civil status or citizenship certificates in support of his application and shall fill in the application form provided for that purpose by the Passport Officer.

(b) Every applicant for the renewal of a passport referred to in subparagraph (a) shall comply with paragraph (4) and shall submit such other document as the Passport Officer may require.

(c) Paragraph (2) shall not apply to the application form referred to in subparagraph (a).

(6) Any person already in possession of a passport and applying for a new one shall deliver up his old passport before being issued with a new one.

[Reg. 4 amended by reg. 5 of GN 172 of 2005 w.e.f. 26 September 2005; reg. 3 of GN 156 of 2010 w.e.f. 30 July 2010; reg. 3 of GN 84 of 2013 w.e.f. 30 April 2013.]

5. (1) No child shall travel unless –

 (a) his responsible parent has filled in the application form referred to in regulation 4(1); and

 (b) he has been issued with a minor's passport in his name.

(2) A child shall be issued with a minor's passport which shall, unless otherwise stated, be valid for 5 years.

(3) No young person shall travel unless –

 (a) his responsible parent has filled in the application form referred to in regulation 4(1); and

 (b) he has been issued with a passport in his name.

(4) A young person shall be issued with a passport which shall, unless otherwise stated, be valid for 10 years.

[Reg. 5 amended by reg. 3 of GN 30 of 1992 w.e.f. 12 March 1992; revoked and replaced by reg. 6 of GN 172 of 2005 w.e.f. 26 September 2005.]

6. On receipt of an application for a passport under regulation 4 and on payment of the appropriate fee, the Passport Officer shall, subject to the provisions of the Act and of these regulations, issue to the applicant a passport which shall –

(a) be serially numbered;

(b) be duly filled in with the particulars specified in the application form;

(c) have affixed thereto a photograph of passport size of the applicant;

(d) bear the place and date of its issue; and

(e) the date of its expiry.

[Reg. 6 amended by reg. 4 of GN 30 of 1992 w.e.f. 12 March 1992.]

7. 

[Reg. 7 amended by reg. 5 of GN 30 of 1992 w.e.f. 12 March 1992; revoked by reg. 7 of GN 172 of 2005 w.e.f. 26 September 2005.]

8. (1) Every holder of a passport who wishes his passport to be endorsed to enable him to travel to a specific country shall fill in the application form provided for the purpose by the Passport Officer.

(2) On receipt of an application under this regulation and on payment of the appropriate fee, the Passport Officer shall, subject to the provisions of the Act and of these regulations, endorse the passport accordingly.

9. 

[Reg. 9 revoked and replaced by reg. 6 of GN 30 of 1992 w.e.f. 12 March 1992; revoked by reg. 7 of GN 172 of 2005 w.e.f. 26 September 2005.]

10. Where the Passport Officer is satisfied that an applicant for a passport –

(a) has not secured employment outside Mauritius;

(b) has not obtained a permit to enable him to emigrate to another country;

(c) has no means to support himself while outside Mauritius; and

(d) is likely to become destitute outside Mauritius and to be eventually repatriated at the expense of the Government of Mauritius,

the Passport Officer may require him to furnish security, together with one or more sureties, in such amount, or to make a deposit of such amount, as may be required to indemnify the Government of Mauritius for any sum it may be called upon to pay for his repatriation.

[Reg. 10 amended by reg. 8 of GN 172 of 2005 w.e.f. 26 September 2005.]

11. (1) A passport shall, unless otherwise stated, be valid for a period of 10 years.

(2) Where a passport is issued for a lesser period than 10 years, it may be renewed for a further period, provided the total period does not exceed 10 years from the original date of issue.

(3) On the expiration of the period of validity of a passport or if at any time the space provided in a passport for visas is covered and the holder wishes to travel to countries for which fresh visas are required, a new passport shall be taken out.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in the preceding paragraphs of this regulation, where the Minister so directs, the Passport Officer shall issue a passport for such shorter period than the period specified in this regulation as the Minister may determine.

[Reg. 11 amended by reg. 7 of GN 30 of 1992 w.e.f. 12 March 1992; reg. 3 of GN 192 of 2003 w.e.f. 24 October 2003; reg. 3 of GN 212 of 2003 w.e.f. 8 December 2003; reg. 3 of GN 17 of 2005 w.e.f. 3 February 2005; reg. 3 of GN 72 of 2005. w.e.f. 3 February 2005; reg. 3 of GN 170 of 2005 w.e.f. 15 September 2005; reg. 9 of GN 172 of 2005 w.e.f. 26 September 2005; reg. 3 of GN 78 of 2007 w.e.f. 15 March 2007.]

12. 

13. Every passport shall be issued by or on behalf of the Government of Mauritius on the following conditions –

(a) it will remain the property of the Government of Mauritius;

(b) it may be withheld or withdrawn at any time by the Passport Officer.

14. Where the applicant for, or the holder of, a passport –

(a) has been convicted of a criminal offence and the sentence of the Court has not been satisfied or set aside;

(b) is a person against whom criminal proceedings are being or have been instituted; or

(c) owes a debt to the Government,

it shall be lawful for the Passport Officer to refuse to issue to him a passport or, where he is already the holder of a passport, to withhold or withdraw the passport.

15. No certificate of identity or travel document approved under section 7 of the Act shall be issued except –

(a) on payment of the appropriate fee; and

(b) in the case of a certificate of identity, on production of an affidavit in the form set out in the Second Schedule.

16. For the purpose of section 10 of the Act, no passport or travel document held by a person leaving or entering Mauritius shall be held to be valid unless –

(a) it relates to the person in whose possession it is;

(b) it establishes to the satisfaction of the Passport Officer the citizenship or nationality and identity of the person to whom it relates;

(c) it has affixed thereto a photograph of the person to whom it relates; and

(d) it is still in force.

[Reg. 16 amended by reg. 10 of GN 172 of 2005 w.e.f. 26 September 2005.]

17. The fees specified in the second column of the Third Schedule shall be levied in respect of the matters specified in the first column of such Schedule.

18. The Minister may exempt any person from any of the requirements of these regulations or any fee required to be paid under these regulations.

19. These regulations shall, as far as need be, apply to diplomatic passports as they apply to passports, subject to the following amendments –

(a) as regards form –

 (i) the front cover should specify that it is a diplomatic passport;

 (ii) the inside rear cover shall be in the form set out in the Fourth Schedule;

(b) as regards validity, the diplomatic passport shall only be valid for such period of time as the Minister may determine;

(c) as regards fees, no fees leviable under these regulations shall be payable on the issue of a diplomatic passport.

[Reg. 19 amended by reg. 8 of GN 30 of 1992 w.e.f. 12 March 1992.]

20. (1) The Minister may authorise the issue of a travel document by an overseas representative to a citizen of Mauritius who has lost his passport and has to travel back to Mauritius.

(2) The Passport Officer may issue a travel document to any Commonwealth citizen who –

 (a) has lost his passport; and

 (b) has to travel back to his country of residence; or

 (c) has to travel to a specific destination and return to Mauritius.

(3) A travel document shall be valid for one trip only.

(4) The other provisions of these regulations shall, subject to such modifications and adaptations, as may be necessary, apply to the issue of a travel document.

[Reg. 20 revoked and replaced by reg. 4 of GN 115 of 1986 w.e.f. 15 November 1986.]

21. (1) A certificate of identity shall be in the form specified in the Fifth Schedule.

(2) A travel document shall be in the form specified in the Sixth Schedule.

[Reg. 21 revoked and replaced by reg. 4 of GN 115 of 1986 w.e.f. 15 November 1986.]

22. (1) The Passport Officer may, where he has reasonable grounds to suspect that a passage ticket is produced for the purposes of obtaining a passport without fulfilling the requirements of regulation 10, cause such passage ticket to be endorsed with the words "NOT TO BE CANCELLED OR ALTERED OR EXCHANGED FOR ANOTHER TICKET".

(2) Where a passage ticket has been endorsed under paragraph (1), no travel agent shall, without the prior written authority of the Passport Officer, cancel or alter such passage ticket in any manner whatsoever or exchange the passage ticket for another.

[Reg. 22 inserted by reg. 4 of GN 115 of 1986 w.e.f. 15 November 1986.]

23. (1) The Passport Officer may require any person entering or leaving Mauritius, who is not a citizen of Mauritius, to fill in such disembarkation card as is set out in the Seventh Schedule.

(2) Any person who –

 (a) fails to comply with paragraph (1);

 (b) gives information which he knows to be false,

shall commit an offence.

[Reg. 23 inserted by reg. 3 of GN 177 of 1993 w.e.f. 24 September 1993; amended by reg. 3 of GN 260 of 2008 w.e.f. 1 December 2008.]

24. (1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), any person entering or leaving Mauritius shall produce to the Passport Officer a valid passport issued to him by or on behalf of the Government of a country of which such person is a national or citizen, or some other Government document intended for travel and establishing the nationality or citizenship and identity of such person to the satisfaction of the Passport Officer.

(2) The Passport Officer may, in relation to a person entering or leaving Mauritius, accept –

 (a) a laissez-passer issued by the United Nations, African Union, SADC, COMESA or such other internationally recognised organisation as may be prescribed by the Minister;

 (b) a Seaman's Book held by a crew member of a sea vessel provided that prior clearance has been obtained from the Passport Officer;

 (c) a passport issued by Interpol;

 (d) a laissez-passer issued by the African Reinsurance Corporation and the African Development Bank Group in respect of their directors, officers or employees travelling to Mauritius on official mission.

(3) A passport issued

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