All about movement passes during lockdown: Bengaluru Police releases FAQ

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Bengaluru City Police (BCP) had introduced a pass system to regulate the movement of people and vehicles during COVID-19 lockdown. But there has been much confusion on who is eligible for passes, how these can be availed, whether passes are needed during medical emergencies, and so on.

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BCP has released the following FAQ to respond to these questions.

Q: Who does not need a pass?

A: Here’s the list of people who don’t need a pass:

    1. Government officials on essential duty. They are permitted to travel to attend to their duties, but they must carry their department ID card.
    2. Medical Professionals and private security guards; however, they should preferably travel in their uniform.
    3. Media personnel (print and electronic media) must carry their accreditation card, or ID card issued by the concerned media company
    4. Government vehicles with ‘G’ registration numbers.
    5. Bank employees on essential duty; they too must carry the official ID card issued by their employers.

Q: Who needs a pass?

A: Private persons engaged in the supply of essential goods and services require a pass for attending to work related to supply chain management only. The categories that are eligible for pass are as follows:

    1. Shops – including ration shops (under PDS) – dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder
    2. Insurance offices
    3. Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services. IT and IT enabled Services (only for essential services), and as far as possible to work from home
    4. Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce
    5. Petrol pumps, LPG, Petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets
    6. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services
    7. Capital and debt market services, as notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India
    8. Cold storage and warehousing services

Q: Do I need a pass to go to the hospital?

A: Emergency Passes are available at all police stations for those who need to travel within Bengaluru city limits on account of any medical emergency or demise of family member. These passes are for use within the limits of Bengaluru city only, and are only valid for a period of 12 hours. The pass must be returned to the police station within 12 hours of issue. The applicant must deposit the original of one government-issued ID to obtain the Emergency Pass.

If the medical emergency requires travel outside the limits of Bengaluru city, one can apply in writing to the office of the local DCP along with ID proof and documents explaining the nature of the emergency. If the need is found to be genuine, a letter will be given to the applicant to facilitate their inter-district movement. However, this letter does not guarantee the cooperation of police of other jurisdiction, and is subject to their discretion.

Following is a memo by BCP, on issuing passes in case of medical emergencies.

Q: Do I need a pass to travel to a neighbouring district?

A: Travel is prohibited during the period of the lockdown. If the medical emergency requires travel outside the limits of Bengaluru city, one can apply in writing to the office of the local DCP along with ID proof and documents explaining the nature of the emergency.

If the need is found to be genuine, a letter will be given to the applicant to facilitate their inter-district movement. However, this letter does not guarantee the cooperation of the police of other jurisdictions, and is subject to their discretion.

Q: Do I need a pass to buy medicines?

A: All pharmacies and medical supply stores are permitted to operate during the lockdown. Hence one should be able to purchase required medicines and medical supplies from the neighbourhood store, which would be within walking distance.

So it is expected that members of the public will buy medicines from such neighbourhood stores. This will not need a pass as only main roads have been blocked by the police, and not the internal roads.

Q: Do I need a pass to buy groceries?

A: All grocery shops are permitted to operate during the lockdown. Hence, one should be able to purchase required groceries from the neighbourhood groceries shop, which would be within walking distance.

So it is expected that members of the public will buy essential groceries from such neighbourhood stores to which they can go by walk. This will not need a pass as only main roads have been blocked by the police, and not the internal roads.

Q: Do I need a pass to take morning walk or jog?

A: All movement is prohibited during the lockdown. Hence, all must refrain from taking any morning walk or jog during the lockdown period. Please exercise within the confines of your home.

Q: Can I go to visit my elderly parents?

A: All inessential travel is prohibited during the lockdown. Therefore, one must avoid such travel unless there is great need for it. If elderly parents require some essential commodities, these can be ordered online to be delivered at their house.

If online delivery is not feasible, one may contact the Elders Helpline for the needful (1090, 080-22943226, 9243737220, 9243737230). Necessary help for senior citizens in need will be arranged through the local administration. If any urgent police response is needed, one may dial 100 for help. If need be, local police will also come to the aid of senior citizens in need.

Q: Do I need a pass to go to the bank?

A: ATMs will function as usual, so one may go to any nearby ATM by walk. Online banking services are available for regular transactions. Online payment modes can also be utilised at this time. However, ATM services and cashier desk will be operational at all banks.

Q: Can I go to the pet store to buy food for my pet?

A: Online shopping websites can be utilised for door-delivery of pet food.

Q: Do I need a pass to run my kirana/dinasi shop?

A: No pass or permit is required to operate a kirana/dinasi store as groceries are essential items required by the public. However, passes may be required for the staff at the store if they have to travel from afar, and also for the vehicles which may be required for the transportation of staff and goods. The kirana/dinasi store owner can apply for a KSP CLEAR Pass at https://kspclearpass.mygate.com/signup

Q: How do I obtain a pass for my workers?

A: Organisations engaged in supplying essential goods and services can obtain passes for the critical staff required for their operations, by registering for KSP CLEAR Pass at https://kspclearpass.mygate.com/signup

Q: How do I obtain a pass for my vehicles?

A: No private vehicle is permitted to ply during the lockdown. Organisations engaged in the supply of essential goods and services can obtain vehicle passes for the vehicles needed for their operations, by registering for KSP CLEAR Pass at https://kspclearpass.mygate.com/signup.

Q: What is the validity of the pass?

A: This depends on the duration sought by the applicant and the duration granted by the pass issuing authority.

Q: Does one need to carry hard copy or soft copy of the pass?

A: The digital copy of the pass can be shown in the web application. The pass may also be printed if needed.

[This article is based on a press release from Bengaluru City Police (BCP), and has been published with minimal edits]

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57 Comments

  1. Sir we are in karwar. My wife is a doctor in bangalore. We need to go back to bangalore. Kindly help us with pass or permission.

    • Sir, my sister is in final semester of engineering.Online Classes started and asking her to give seminar online. But she is stuck in Aunt’s house in devanahalli.She is not having any laptop or computer to prepare.Can I get pass to get her home. As its her final semester it’s critical for her as she has no facility to prepare for her exam. Please provide pass.

        • Hi Team,
          Myself Fouziya, studying intermediate in Anantapur, resident of Bangalore, came to Anantapur along with my husband and kids for taking up my first year exams. My exams started on 4th March and ended by 17th March. We were about to start to Bangalore, by then lock down was announced. We managed to stay in my in laws and relatives place from the last two months. We were waiting for lock down to be called off but unfortunately the lock downs are getting extended 4 times now eversince lockdowns started. Please help us in reaching house in Bangalore.

          Thanking you,
          FOUZIYA SHAIK.

    • Hi,

      Have same issue with me, need to travel from Hyderabad to Bangalore. Came to Hyderabad on work and got stuck here since March 23rd. Kindly help.

        • Hi Abhay & Shweta, did u get any reply? My 5yr old son also stuck in Hyderadbad and wants to come back to banglore. Did u get any solution. Please reply.

      • My daughter in law Suman is a student stuck up I Banglore. Now hostel and institute have closed. She has to come back to hyderabad. We have tried in Commisionerate at Gachiboli hyderabad . They said she should apply there and come. We asked for car to go and pick her up and come back. Because we don’t have any vehicle there. If anybody have to go take pass and go in my car so that she can return with my Driver and car

    • Hi sir,
      I come to my native chittoor (Andhra pradesh ) for a few days but then the lockdown was announced so can I get a pass to travel back to bengaluru And also I have been granted with the work from home options but when I came to chittoor I did not get my laptop and all these days am on leave, currently I am loss of pay from one month, please let me know if I can get the pass to reach Bangalore from chittoor ? I can continue new my work from home option as well. Hence please reply to my query

    • I am in Pune want to come to Mysore let me know what is the process to get permission and Central govt has given permission to travel between states so how to get permission please let me knkw

  2. My daughter is 16 weeks old and her vaccinations are due.
    Do we need a pass to go to the doctor to get these done?

    • We have also got oir babies vaccinated. We didnt take pass. We were questioned by police and expalined the purpose and dey let us go

      • I am working in ambur but due to covid-19 lock down I’m stuck here in bangalore. Now the production of masks has been started there and as a production manager my presence is needed there.
        How can I get a pass to travel from bangalore to ambur

  3. Dear sir, am a Engineer for Diagnostics Medical Instrument ,so i need to travel customer places in emergency conditions to hospitals ,do i need to get pass or My company ID card and mail from hospital is enough to travel?

    • Hi Sir,

      My mother recently had a surgery for brain haemorrhage and doctor suggested her for physiotherapy since she can not walk. Hence I have taken her for Bangalore. For my personal work o visited my Coorg and due to the lockdown am stuck here. And my parents are in Bangalore and it’s quite difficult to manage there since my mom can not walk and do her day to day activities. my father is also aged and facing difficulties in managing her alone. And also I have been granted with the work from home options but when I came to Coorg I dint get my laptop and all these days am on leave. So please let me know if I can get the pass to reach Bangalore from Coorg? It will help me to take care of my mom as really need support and I can continue new my work from home option as well. Hence please reply to my query

      • And also I have sincerely following the lockdown period but am scared if it’s get continued then it will be really difficult for my dad to manage my mother since she can not walk. Hence please do the needful to reach me to Bangalore and I will assure that I will obey the government rules in Bangalore as well.

      • We had come to our native for a few days but then the lockdown was announced so can I get a pass to travel back to bengaluru as my great grand mom has passed away and my great grand father is also ill

    • Sir, My 5 year old Kid n wife are stuck at Hindupur since the lockdown started. I want to pick them, Can i get a pass till karnatakal border

  4. I am doctor stuck in home town need to come back to bangalore as i work in hospital in bangalore do i need pass

  5. Hi sir I’m shivareddy present I’m in chikkabalapura (D) but my mother in BLR (R.R Nagar) alone so I want stay with my mother plz approval and give the travel pass sir… Plz sir…

  6. Hello sir ,
    I have come to my relatives place in Bannerghatta road with my husband on the day of lockdown and 21 day lockdown has been done . I have 2 clothes only and I have to go back to my house in Sarjapur road

    My husband is diabetic so without prescription we are not getting medicines also .

    Please tell us how to reach at my place .
    Please help me

    • Hi Tulika, did you get any way to go back to ur home ?
      I have the same issue. Please let me know how can i go

      • Hi Vikash, Tulika,
        I have a similar scenario here with my sister! She needs to come home as there is no one to take care of her. Did you get any help for the transport?

    • r u in bangalore for distribute of ration dont needed pass u can take things and give with the help of police person who is near to u r house madam

  7. Sir I need a pass to travel to my hometown as I am alone here and parents are worried a lot please help me to get a pass

    • You can approach Deputy Commissioner Police’s office of your area… You will be permitted if you can prove your case is true… carry garland and other stuff generally used during these times as per your customs

  8. Sir my baby is admitted in NICU.
    Every 3 hrs i have get mothers milk for it. Can i use the attender id given by hospital to travel because as i have to go to hospital every 3 hrs with mothers milk, i m not in position to visit police station to get the pass. Please guide.

  9. Sir i am a supplier for house keeping goods house cleaning goods like grass broom , mops , wiper toilet brush ,floor cleaner , toilet cleaner, kitchen & floor cleaning clouths can i get supply pass i want to supply in kirana stores

    • Hi,
      My wife is pregnant and we came to Bangalore since my mother had surgery. And now we are struck here. My wife has to get her treatment and check up done every week in Hyderabad. May I know how can we get our pass.

  10. Sir, I applied for gate pass since my parents are aged I have to go out to buy groceries and Diapers, waiting to get OTP on my mobile.

  11. Yes, I need a pass to move my house hold items 3 door wadroof,Cot,sofa from BGS hospital to my new apartment sarjapur attibali Exide gate.

    Please help me with pass.

    • Hello, did you get the pass to move your house? I am in the same situation and wanted to know that what is the procedure to get pass to move house in Bangalore?

      • We are in the same situation. Need to move house within Bellandur. Please let us know if you get any solution

  12. Syed tanveer sir i need a pass to travel relation home to give medicine 5to 6 kilometer and to buy vegetable for daily use sir

  13. Hello

    I am from coimbatore and our family came to see my uncle who was hospitalized and unfortunately he passed away on 22nd and incidentally the lick down was imposed due to virus, my brother is under treatment for accident case which is in located coimbatore so we need to travel our home town badly for further treatment kindly allow us to travel and give us the pass

    Murugan

  14. Sir I am pregnant and I need to take injections everyday and also attend my appointment time to time. If you can please let me know how I can go to Apollo cradle from chamarajpet everyday and how I can obtain a pass?

    • Hello sir,

      I and wife had come to hospital, due to sudden miscarage and from there we moved to near by realtives place as she was not in a condition to travel. So we remained there but on next day lockdown was declared. So till today we are at relatives place with just a pair of clothes. So we have to go back to our house in singsandra.

      Please tell us how to reach our place.

      Please help us

  15. I m 9months pregnent i may delivery anytime soon my mother in law n husband is in maharastra i stay here alone ..i need them how can it happen please

  16. Sir am harshini.my marriage is on apr 16th am in banglore..can u plz give me pass to go it’s necessary sir… marriage in bhadravathi

    • I am from Pune and stuck in Bangalore.
      My wife and son staying there alone and need me for their support.
      Please help if I can get pass to travel to Pune

  17. Sir I am planning to shift to my own house . is it possible to get the movement pass..

  18. Sir my husband’s is in Bengaluru ,my brother’s wedding is on April17th at Myladuthurai,Tamil Nadu will he be able get a pass and travel in his own vehicle, tell me the necessary procedure.Thankyou.

    • Hi,
      Even I have my wedding on April 25th, I need to travel from kolar to bangalore, Plz tell me how to get passes, and what is procedures to apply for pass, Plz help us by replying.
      Thanks
      Regards
      Praveen Vedachalam.V

      • My friend lost job in Hyderabad, he got new job in banglore, last week is joining date but still he struggling in Hyderabad, if he available in banglore Work from home is possible, so please help him to get into Bangalore, he struggling and getting stress bzof no job, pleae contact and please provide the details for how to get pass and everything

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