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.

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

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

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

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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  1. Hi,
    I am in Whitefield, Bangalore. Yesterday due to hypertension attack my father fell into illness and he is alone in Tamilnadu. Also he is a senior citizen. So myself and my mom need to travel to my hometown in Tamilnadu.

    Kindly help.


  2. Respected sir,
    I m Samim Rahaman from Debpur Bhatar Bardhaman West Bengal 713121.
    Please permission to be used a car pass . suddenly my wife is Seriously ill, wife name is Sahanaz Sultana .Rajgram Murarai Birbhum. WB

  3. My own brother marriage is on April 17th in Trichy, tamilnadu. We don’t have parents. My husband and me in a position to take hold of marriage. Marriage dress and mangalsutra are all with me.please say procedure to process.

  4. Sir, I am stuck at my relatives place. I have some medical problem , my medicines are in my apartment.It is not available in medical stores as i got them from my hometown. Please grant me permission for one time movement to my apartment.

  5. Sir… My sister’s is harrased by her IN LAW’S. And beaten up and also try to murder her. Can i get pass of it and pls also revert with procedure also.

  6. My Father his in Udupi , he is aged and we are stuck in Bangalore.
    Is there any possibility that we can get the pass to travel .

  7. Sir, we are basically electrical service providers to all essential hospitals / pharma industries etc, how can we get passes to reneder our services to hospitals / pharma ind etc, kindly reply.

  8. I am staying in pg native is in belgaum.i want to go my relatives home in Hebbal Bangalore.pls help me sir

  9. Respected sir,
    I am basically from Maharashtra, but right now working in Shivajinagar, Bangalore. My grandmother health is very critical right now so I wanna go to my village. Can I get the pass?. Please help me sir.
    Thanking you.

  10. Sir, i wish to obtain a interstate pass from bangalore to goa since my parents live there and they are sick and worrying. So i need to go to my parents. Please approve

  11. HI.. there is no proper information to where to reach out, if we reach out to local police station they are telling to get online but online nowhere i found the link to register. if we reach out to DCP office on the way police is ceasing the vehicle asking to go by walk 4.5 KMS from my home to DCP office give us the proper information instead of dragging things.. see we reach out only incase of emergency and not bluffing around i see people are simply roaming having passes for people who need passes are not getting.

  12. Dear Sir
    I am Raman Chandrasekaran residing at Jakkur Plantation Road , My Brother-in-law by name Rama Chandran age 78 , is suffering from cancer 4th stage and he is in very serious condition and my sister is 74 and she is suffering health issues and my brother in laws Mother is 96 and they are all staying at KK Nagar Ponnambalam Salai , as my brother in law is in serious condition Doctors have sent him back to the Flat as he is in critical stage , I AM AT BANGALORE AND THEY ARE AT CHENNAI KK NAGAR , CAN YOU HELP ME WITH A PASS SO THAT MY RELATIVES CAN COME AND PICK ME UP TO REACH THEM , PLEASE DO HELP AND WE WILL NOT DEVIATE ANY RULES OF BOTH THE STATES

  13. Hi Sir, I’m from kerala and working in Bangalore. I have Kidney related disease and under medication for last 5 years from 2016. Consulting Dr.Jayakumar, Nephrologist very frequent and currently got stucked in Bangalore. I was waiting till this april 14 to travel to Kerala but now i heard it will extend. I’m taking BP tables to control hypertenstion and I’m desperately looking for a chance to travel for further checkup If you want, I can produce my medical files. Please reply how to get a pass to travel.

  14. Greetings Sir,

    My Wife and Daughter(3 years) old went to native last month March 13 2020, Unfortunately they got struck in Mettur(Tamil Nadu) my daughter she’s not able to sustain with climate she has got heat bubbles in her body.I will make all necessary procedure i e i will take blood test of both my wife and daughter once all gets clear i e if corona virus is negative after that i will proceed with travelling.

    So its humble request to grant me pass for travel i will take all precautionary measures and i will come back on the same day.

  15. Dear Sir,

    My parents are there in a village in Shimoga. I am in Bangalore with my wife and kids. This is high time for me to reach my parents as my father is a diabetic patient and mother ia a hypertension patient. I need to join them in this critical time to support them to avoid any exposure to this deadly virus during any outing to buy required essentials for day to day needs (medicines, groceries, vegetables, etc.).

    I would like to request you to allow me and my family to join them to avoid any future possibilities of getting them into any unwanted exposure.

    Hope, my request will be approved to go to my native.

    Looking for your support in reaching my native.

    Thanks and regards,
    Praveen Kumar
    +91 9844076670

  16. Respected Sir/Madam

    I require a pass to travel from Hoskote to Shantinagar because my house is located there whereby the vacating date is on 25th April . I need to go there to shift all my things to avoid paying rent for the forthcoming month . Please consider my request sir , it is an emergency . I will commute in my private car and no contact will be made with anybody . Thankyou

  17. My pet has his 3rd Vaccination due which is very important for health so do i need pass to go to vet for the Vaccination?

  18. Dear Sir,
    I live in Bangalore, my mother lives alone in Coorg. She is 70 years old and she is not getting food items, medicines and necessary groceries as she lives in interior part of Coorg, also due to network issues unable to reach her frequently on phone. Therefore my humble request is to issue me a pass to go visit her or at least make arrangements for her necessities. Thank You.

  19. Dear Sir,

    I am a private Bank employee in Bengaluru. Can I get a pass to travel just once to get some paperwork.

  20. Respected sir ,my Daughter is strucked in her sister’s house near Devanahalli
    Actually we are staying near Achaya college ,chikkabanawara.i request your kind self to issue a moving pass for our own car to bring her to home she is having a appointment with docter in malleshwaram. So once again I request you to please issue a pass according to procedure. Thanking you

  21. Sir I am suffering from back pain I need to go pes hospital kuppam.i need pass to move from Banglore to kuppam

  22. I am ceo of a mining co at davangere my staff and labours are starving I need to reach them urgently but stranded in Goa since 24th March. The staff and their depending family are nearly 600 persons. Though the circular dt 24th March of GOI made mining under essential services but local government departments is ignorant about it. Life of 600 ppl is at risk my dear karnataka govt it is all up to you to decide. I have made my stand clear to all departments.

  23. Sir,
    My native is Pune Maharashtra. Right now I am at Indiranagar Banglore with my family. I am occupational Therapist. I was thinking lockdown will be up to 14th April 2020. So I had planned to go after 14th. Now I want to go to pune with my wife and daughter by car Please suggest for the process for approval to travel to pune

  24. Greeting Sir,

    I would like to know is there any number of limitations for police authority to issue Emergency passes for a medical reason on a daily basis, because I went with one of my relatives to the police station and about 40 to 50 people were standing near the gate waiting for their turn to go inside the police station (Kadogondana Halli Police Station) and get a pass, at 6 pm IST it was announced that issue of the Emergency pass will be not be continued and Lathi was charged to vacate the location and disperse public.

    Many Thanks,

  25. Hello sir,
    Please help to come back to Bangalore,now we are in relations home after 21 days it’s difficult to stay here.

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