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Help Me in Choosing Type of Passport Booklet, 36 Pages or 60 Pages? Explained in Detail
This question in the Passport Application Form for the Indian Passport is referring to the no. of pages on which visas, entries and exits are stamped, you want in your passport.
In a 36 page Passport booklet, only 33 pages are usable and similarly, in a 60 page Passport booklet only 57 pages are usable for stamping.
Here is an example of a blank page in the Indian Passport:
Every time you leave the country or come back, the Immigration officials stamp your passport with an exit/departure stamp and an entry/arrival stamp respectively:
Some countries, like the United Arab Emirates, issue a visa which isn’t stamped on the Passport, thus the only space it will take on your passport is Arrival (Entry) and Departure (Exit) Stamps, requiring half of your passport page (2 stamps) for each visit:
Other countries, like the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, etc. issue a visa on one whole page of your passport.
Here is an example page with a Full Page Stamped Visa of USA and an entry stamp into USA:
As shown the above example, visas of many countries require one whole page in your passport, like page number 31 in the above passport, and page 30 has one entry stamp into the country, with place left for 3 more stamps.
Another thing to note here is that, unlike India, many countries like the United States, Canada, Mexico, etc. only have an entry stamp, there’s no stamp on your passport when you are exiting the country, thus requiring 1/4th of your passport page per visit.
Now you have an idea of most of the types of visa stamps and you can plan on the number of pages you might need for you foreign visits for the next 10 years.
Important things to remember:
You will be issued a new passport booklet even if your current passport hasn’t expired, if you:
This is important to know, because when you apply for a visa to a country, they may ask you for all the passports that you have held in the last 10 years, and when visiting a country abroad, some expect you to carry all the passports of the last 10 years with you. So, if you know that you are going to need a new booklet because of one of the above reasons (marriage, address change, ECR Status change, etc.) than it is wise to think whether you should apply for 36 pages or 60 pages now, because 60 pages vs. 36 pages means almost double weight of paper!
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