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Extension of time-line for handwritten travel document (PIO cards) till 31.12.2021

Posted on: September 24, 2020 | Back | Print

Bureau of Immigration (BOI) will accept PIO cards as valid travel documents till 31stDecember 2021 along with valid foreign passport and the Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit from/entry into India till 31stDecember 2021. This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by the International Civil Organization (ICAO) thereby making handwritten PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Embassy of India.
All PIO cardholders with valid PIO cards, as on 09.01.2015, are again advised to apply for conversion of PIO card to OCI card at the earliest.