Non-Machine Readable PIO Cards Not Accepted for Travel from Oct. 1September 28, 2018 12:42
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The Indian Consulate in Dubai has alerted Persons of Indian Origin card holders that such cards will not be permitted for purpose of traveling, starting from October 1 if they are not machine readable.
The advisory was issued in view of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines that make solely machine-readable travel documents acceptable internationally.
"All PIO card-holders are advised to take note of this to avoid any inconvenience at airports," the mission said in a statement on Thursday.
Earlier, Government of India had advised conversion of all PIO cards to Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards by December 31, 2017.
By Sowmya Sangam