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Notice to Indian citizens regarding replacement of handwritten passports

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Notice to Indian citizens regarding replacement of handwritten Passports : As per International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines, handwritten passports will not be valid beyond 24th November, 2015. The foreign governments may deny visa or entry to any person travelling on non-Machine Readable Passport after 24th November. Therefore, Indian citizens holding handwritten passports with validity beyond 24th November, 2015, are advised to replace their handwritten passports with machine readable passports urgently. They may apply for reissue of passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or international travel.

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