While you’re busy making big plans for that international tour this New Year, your Passport may cause a massive glitch!
Wondering why? Read on:
The Government of India has advised all Indian citizens living in India and abroad to urgently replace their handwritten passports with machine readable passports. The International Civil Aviation Organization (IACO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally eliminating of all non-machine Readable Passports (MRPs).
And after this rule comes into force, all other countries may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling with a non-machine readable passport.
So, basically if your Passport looks something like this (below), you can say goodbye to your foreign trip!
If your passport is a hand written passport issued before 2001, with a validity of 20 years only, then you need to get it re-issued right away.
Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding such passports with validity beyond November 24, 2015 should apply for the reissue of their passports well before deadline.
Deadline: 24th November
This is how your ideal passport should look like:
For more details, log in to: http://www.passportindia.gov.in/
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