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Restriction on travel on PIO card- Extension of date until 31st March 2020

Posted on: October 31, 2019 | Back | Print

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has mandated that international travel documents should be machine readable with effect from 1st October, 2018. Therefore, it is necessary upon PIO Card holders to obtain machine readable OCI Cards in lieu of handwritten valid PIO Cards.

The Indian Immigration Authorities will continue to consider valid PIO Cards for entry/exit into/from India till March 31, 2020 along with foreign passport. However, PIO Card holders are advised to get their PIO Card converted to OCI Card. PIO Card holders can apply online for conversion at following link


 And  submit print of application, passport, specified photos, documentation, fees, etc., at the Embassy of India, Copenhagen.