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Extension of timeline for handwritten travel documents (PIO cards) beyond 31.12.2023 

It is informed that Bureau of Immigration (BoI), Government of India will continue to accept handwritten travel document / PIO Cards as valid travel documents along with valid foreign passport till December 31, 2023. This extension of the timeline is subject to the condition that if in the meantime any deadline is notified by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) thereby making PIO cards invalid, then PIO cardholders may have to obtain appropriate visa from the Embassy. It is therefore requested that all PIO cardholders should apply for conversion of PIO card to OCI card at the earliest. 

Please visit Embassy's website www.indembassybern.gov.in (Consular Services) for further details. 


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