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Advisory: Extension of timeline for Handwritten Travel Documents (PIO Cards) upto 31.12.2022.

Posted on: December 27, 2021 | Back | Print

Embassy of India


Extension of timeline for handwritten travel documents/Person of Indian origin card (PIO cards) beyond 30.12.2021.

This is to inform that Bureau of Immigration (BoI), Government of India will accept handwritten travel documents (PIO Cards) as valid travel document till 31.12.2022 along with a valid foreign passport and all Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to accept PIO cards valid for exit/entry into India till 31.12.2022.

2. This extension of the timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) thereby making PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from the Consulate.

3. It is requested that all PIO cardholders should apply for conversion of PIO card to OCI card at the earliest.