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Press Release Regarding PIO Cards

November 9, 2017


It is brought to the notice of all concerned that from October 2018, International Civil Aviation Organization will accept only machine readable travel documents. The existing PIO cards which are hand written will, therefore, become invalid travel documents. Hence, it will be necessary upon PIO cardholders to obtain machine readable OCI cards in lieu of existing hand written PIO cards before October 2018 to avoid any inconvenience.


In order to take advantage of getting such PIO cards converted into machine readable OCI cards on gratis basis, MHA has issued notification regarding extension of date for submission of the application for registration as OCI cardholder by erstwhile PIO cardholders till the 31st December 2017.

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