Kind attention of OCI and PIO Cardholders

It is brought to the kind attention of Over Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholders that the Government of India has dispensed with the requirement of “U” visa OCI sticker since 29.01.2015 and made the OCI card valid for travel to India. However, passengers continue to arrive from overseas on the basis of “U’ Visa sticker and not with OCI card. It is once again reiterated that OCI card holders should invariably carry the OCI card along with their passport to travel to India.

PIOs are also informed that from 14th October, 2018, ICAO will accept only machine readable travel documents, hence existing PIO cards, which are handwritten will therefore, become invalid. Thus, it will be necessary upon PIO Cardholders to obtain machine readable OCI Cards in lieu of existing hand written PIO Cards before 1st October 2018.

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