Warning for Indians with old passports




DUBAI Indian nationals with invalid passports have been told to apply for a replacement urgently.

A public advisory issued by India’s Ministry of External Affairs and circulated by the Indian Consulate in Dubai said those who qualify for a new passport include those with handwritten passports, those whose passports have a validity of less than six months and those with passports that may have fewer than two pages for stamping of visas.

It said: “Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding handwritten passports with validity beyond November 24, 2015 are advised to apply for re-issue of their passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visas for international travel.”

It said the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of November 24 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs).

“From November 25 onwards, foreign governments may deny visas or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport,” it said, adding that MRPs issued by India before 2001 with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. All handwritten passports with pasted photographs are also considered non-MRPs.

Source: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/government/warning-for-indians-with-old-passports-1.1434536


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