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February 26, 2020

All PIO Card holders are hereby informed that handwritten travel document/ PIO cards will be accepted as valid travel document along with valid foreign passport at all Indian Immigration Check Post (s) till 30th September, 2020 instead of the earlier circulated deadline i.e. 31st March, 2020.  The Bureau of Immigration (BoI) will accept PIO Cards as valid travel document till 30th September, 2020 alongwith valid foreign passport and the Indian Immigration Check Post (s) will continue to consider all PIO Cards valid for exit from/entry into India till 30th September, 2020.  This extension of timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) thereby making hand written PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from Indian Missions/Posts.

Accordingly, all the PIO cardholders with valid PIO cards as on 09.1.2015 hereby advised to consider applying for conversion of PIO card to OCI card as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs of India from time to time.