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International Civil Aviation Organization will discontinue all hand written documents from October 2018. Hence all PIO card holders are advised to get their PIO cards converted to OCI cards.

Posted on: October 09, 2018 | Back | Print

Machine readable documents have been mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Hence hand written PIO cards cannot be used as a document for air travel after 30.09.2018. However, Bureau of Immigration (BOI), India, would continue to accept PIO cards as valid documents till March 31, 2019, along with valid foreign passports. If in the meantime, any deadline is notified by the ICAO, thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid, then PIO card holders may have to obtain an appropriate Visa from Indian missions, if they have not converted their PIO cards to OCI cards.