Types of Passports
Regular / Ordinary Passport (navy blue cover) is issued to ordinary citizens for overseas travel, such as for vacation, study or business trips (36 or 60 pages). It is a “Type P” passport, where P stands for personal. It is valid for 10 years from the date of issue.
Official Passport (grey / white cover) is issued to individuals representing the Indian government on official business. It is issued to designated Non-Gazetted Government servants or any person specifically authorized by the Government deputed abroad on government business. It is a “Type S” passport, S standing for service.
Diplomatic Passport (maroon cover) is issued to Indian diplomats, top ranking government officials, statutory authorities or any person specifically authorized by the government.