Here is my situation:

I have my Indian passport with 3 more years validity which is never used.
It is a ECR (Emigration Check Required) status passport.

I received my UAE 90 days visit visa issued on 10 April 2016 but I just came to know that I need a ECNR (Emigration Check Not Required) status passport to travel UAE from India. So I have to apply for a new ECNR Passport. Old passport will be cancelled. My UAE visit e-visa has my old passport number.

So in this case do I need to apply for another visa or can I travel with both passports in hand ?

  • You need a ECNR passport to work in UAE. It doesn't matter if you are only a tourist. Apr 13, 2016 at 21:12
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    Yes.. its true.. but only on papers.. tourists also denied in aiport actually Apr 14, 2016 at 2:45

1 Answer 1


It is extremely common to travel with cancelled passports because they contain a visa. They will punch the machine readable stripe of the personal data page of your old passport which makes it unusuable as a passport but your visa will be fine. You will present both passports on the border. Edit: you might want to explicitly state you need your passport back.

I have been travelling like this with a cancelled Hungarian passport containing a ten year B1/B2 USA visa since 2009 and a valid Hungarian passport as well (and a Canadian PR card and a NEXUS card. Yay, paperwork).

Here's a photo of my old passport, sensitive data blurred and the punch holes marked with red arrows -- all human readable data stays intact:

cancelled passport

  • thanksfoe your answer..my visa not stamped on my old passport.. it was a e-visa.. 2 A4 paper visa printout Apr 13, 2016 at 20:16
  • Doesn't matter. As visible on the photo I just added the number of the old passport will stay intact -- just not in the machine scan region, see ZE4174(last two digits blurred) in the upper right corner.
    – user4188
    Apr 13, 2016 at 20:18
  • Also, you might need to explicitly state you need your old passport back because of visa purposes.
    – user4188
    Apr 13, 2016 at 20:21
  • yes I can see it.. thanks a lot for the quick response... Apr 13, 2016 at 20:25

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