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Conversion of PIO card to OCI card


Conversion of PIO card to OCI card

The Bureau of Immigration will accept PIO cards as valid travel document till 30th September, 2019, along with valid foreign passport. Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit/entry from/into India till 30th September, 2019.At the same time it may be noted that International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has advised airlines not to accept handwritten travel document with effect from October 1, 2018, thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid. Those holding handwritten PIO cards have to obtain appropriate Indian visa or convert PIO cards into OCI cards.

All PIO cardholders (handwritten and machine readable) are meanwhile advised to convert their PIO cards to OCI cards well in time.

April 1, 2019

New York