Press Release


Indian citizens:


Indian citizens are reminded again that handwritten passports are being globally phased out and the deadline set up by International Civil Aviation Organisation is 24 November 2016.

Thereafter, foreign Governments may deny visa or entry to any person travelling on a handwritten passport.

Therefore, Indian citizens holding handwritten passports with validity beyond 24 November 2016 are hereby advised to apply for re-issue of their Machine Readable Passports immediately in order to avoid any inconvenience in their travel. Passport application can be filled up online ( ) and following link in Embassy’s website may be consulted for further requirements:



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